Rebel, Rebel: 6 Things I Refuse to Do to Lose Weight
There is some bad advice out there.
1. Eat clean all the time.
I “eat clean” probably 70% of the time. There are folks that do it 100% of time—which to me is only practical if you cook all of your meals and only eat at home.
Because it’s rude to not eat a meal that’s put in front of you because it has corn syrup. And if your diet is making you an b-hole, is that really worth it?
Yes, I do feel better when I eat grilled chicken and broccoli compared to a double bacon cheeseburger.
But the double bacon cheeseburger tastes better with a beer.
2. Weigh my food.
That’s just ridiculous. I’m busy. I work 9 hour days with an hour commute back and forth + a daily workout. I don’t have time to weigh food on a scale. You down with OCD?
Diets are marketing ploys that are designed to deliver short term results but long term failure while playing on people’s ignorance on why they got and how they stay fat.
I lost a lot of weight doing the slow-carb thing. Funny though—budgeting calories has produced the same results at the same pace—and I don’t feel like I’m suffering.
4. Dehydrate myself
I’m not proud of it, but a few years ago I sat in steam rooms and skipped water afterwards to influence a weigh-in. That’s dangerous—and counterproductive to getting healthy, yet still commonplace on The Biggest Loser.
5. Punish my spouse
I read about people throwing all junk food out of their house and getting angry when the spouse decides to have a bowl of ice cream.
That’s just ridiculous and will add unnecessary tension to a relationship. I wasn’t force-fed—I made myself fat. Sure, they shouldn’t enable you—but you shouldn’t punish them.
And saying that them eating a bowl of ice cream is showing a lack of support for you is just manipulative.
6. Put my head in the sand
If you haven’t figured it out, I hold strong opinions—but I still have lots to learn. I’m not faking humility here—I know that I’m not seeing the whole picture. There are people who have come before me and done what I’m striving to do—I am constantly scanning their stories looking for insight.
In fact, one of the tenets of this thiiird way is to stay flexible and teachable.
I don’t want to be a fundamentalist.
I’m just a few weeks from being below 300 lbs for the first time in recent memory. I’m putting muscle on my frame. Sleeping better than ever.
I’m getting a glimpse of the man I am becoming and the life I’ve missed out on—without doing things that compromise my conscience.