If you want to be slim and stay slim for life then you have to make a choice: you can either have a diet that is a little restrictive and a life that isn’t; or you can have an unrestricted diet eating whatever you want, and a life that is restricted because of your weight.
You might enjoy that coffee and cake, or a bottle of wine in the evening, but ask yourself is it really making you happy?
Because overweight people wear their weakness, and we can all see it, we judge them as weak, as gluttons, as having no self-control. It may seem unfair but we are a lookist society. We are scared of weak people because we are scared of our own weaknesses and scared of being identified as being like them.
Cutting certain foods out of your diet may be restrictive, but if your weight limits your ability to be happy with how you look, your self-esteem, your energy levels, or even your sex life, isn’t that more restrictive?
Don’t think of it as being on a diet, think of it as healthy eating. Replace the words ‘I can’t’ with ‘I am choosing’. If someone offers you something unhealthy like a cake don’t say ‘I can’t eat it I’m on a diet’ (you’ll just crave it more), say ‘I don’t eat cakes because I’m choosing to be healthy and slim.’
Limiting what you eat may seem restrictive at first, but being overweight is restrictive all the time. It is far worse hating how you look, not being able to play with your children, and living your life to only half its potential.
Being overweight means you are suffering when you don’t need to.
Now that I eat healthily I feel good nearly all the time, whereas when I ate whatever and whenever I wanted I felt sluggish, had aches and pains, and constantly had headache. There was a feeling of guilt too that no amount of wine or chocolate could cure.
Choose to willingly and happily restrict what you eat and it will free you from being restricted in other areas of your life forever. You will never have any regrets.
Remember: What you eat in private eventually is what you wear in public. You have a choice.
Tips for eating well
- Embrace foods like vegetables, fruits and wholegrains, plus healthy proteins and fats.
- Choose fresh seasonal locally grown/reared food (preferably organic).
- Avoid processed food.
- Cut out sugar and replace sugary drinks with water.