Don’t Let A Fat Doctor Tell You How To Lose Weight

Where I live in Cincinnati, there is an ad playing on TV about a medical weight loss program.  You see vignettes of people dancing around happily holding up big pants they used to wear, and throwing away bottles of prescriptions that they used to need.

As I watch this I wonder if I am the only one noticing that the doctor himself is overweight?  Am I the only one noticing this extreme irony and thinking that he must have a lot of you know what to put himself out there as a weight loss doctor?

I think this is evidence of how desperate we are to believe that if we just find the right diet, we will get thin.  We want this so badly that we gloss over the images of the heavy doctor, and concentrate instead on the happy people celebrating their weight loss.

Isn’t this strange?  Would you go to a dermatologist who had skin cancers all over her face due to sun exposure without sunscreen?  Would you go to a hair stylist with damaged ratty hair?  Would you go to a dentist who didn’t brush his teeth??

Geez? Yet this doctor has no problem getting clients to over look his large belly and come join his weight loss program.  If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny.

People!  If the doctor selling the weight loss program can’t do it himself, don’t you see a problem?

Stop listening to so called experts and start listening to your own body.  The wisdom in your body is invaluable.  And YOU are the only one who can pay attention to YOUR body’s signals to eat and to not eat.

Have a little faith in good ole Mother Nature.  I know it seems crazy to believe that your body knows when to tell you to eat- but think how normal it is.  And think how strange it actually is to eat according to some list of rules instead of paying attention to hunger and non hunger.  I mean, honestly, does someone tell you when to go to the bathroom??  Yea it would be weird.  That is a message from your body that we have not been trained to ignore!  Why not? I guess no one has figured out how to make money from giving you a “bathroom program” to follow!!

But, giving you an eating program, now that is a whole different story…  Lots of fortunes have been made there.

Okay, if I have  been able to make you see the light of WHY you should stop dieting, you need the HOW.

Here is the main principle:

Eat when you are hungry and delay eating more until hunger returns.

And in order to facilitate this:

Stay in the present- no deal making with the future, and pay attention to your body, not experts.

Making the transition from dieter to thin mentality person is the best gift you will ever give yourself.  It is worth the effort.  Peaceful. Joyful. Slimming.