If You Think Weight Loss Is Easy, Try Again. And Again. And Again.
April 2, 2013 at 8:31 AM
No one I have ever met wants to be overweight. “Look at this beautiful belly—touch it, it’s so soft and smooth. My jeans are too lose, time to starting beefing up.” No one talks like that. Americans are considered some of the most body-conscious people in the world, yet over half of America is obese in spite of the latest Dr. Oz craze. Honestly, I hate belly fat. I hate it because of what it says about who I am.
The reason why you hate that fat gut staring at you like a one-eyed monster every time you get out of the shower, is because it reminds you of stuff about your character that you are embarrassed about and hide like an oversized black shirt. After all, if you hate your fat gut, why would you not simply reduce your caloric intake below what you burn until the gut is gone. The answer is weight loss is not that easy. Eating is not just about feeding the body; we use food to feed our hurts, insecurities, boredom and feelings of emptiness. All deep issues that a diet program cannot fix.
Yesterday, April 1st, I decided to lose 15 pounds that I had accumulated over the last four months. I have no illusions of why I ate 15 x 3,500 = 52,500 calories more than I burned. It was an emotionally tough four months, and I medicated the pain away with food. I also know that if I plan on successfully eating less than my caloric daily needs, I will have to face the source of that emotional pain and not run away. This is where weight loss becomes a spiritual exercise. If you don’t see it as such, then you will end up trying and trying and trying to lose weight, and failing, failing and failing. You will hate your fat gut all the more because it will be a constant reminder of failure and your lack of control over your life.
So over the next few weeks, I will be spending time in prayer, resolving those painful hurts that drove me to medicate with food. Then I will regain control over my eating. It will not be easy, but it will be hugely beneficial. The hardest journeys are always the most rewarding.
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