Protected: Health is Sexy

#sexy If you've ever been overweight or obese, you've had the experience of being looked at negatively for your weight. Not everybody is negative, and few will say it out loud, but negative thoughts have flown in your direction due to your weight. These negative thoughts stem from a few things: Culture: society determines the best bodily aesthetic, so deviations from that become targets.Some...

Should you give into cravings?

I woke up two days ago and was craving a donut. The craving wasn't intense; just more of a "that would be pretty good, huh?" question in my head that was banging around for a bit. I didn't really care about a donut, so I didn't have one. The same thing happened to me yesterday. Same voice, same situation. Unlike two days ago, I decided to give into the voice. Why? For me, multi-day cravings will...

Drugs are bad (for weight loss)

I live in California. More specifically, I live right next to the Emerald Triangle, meaning I've had access to good pot my whole life. I started using pot to sleep a couple of years ago. I was used to being awake until 2 or 3 am because I couldn't properly relax. Fortunately, I only had to pay about $25 for the privilege ("medical user/patient"), and I could buy as much as I wanted. For anybody...

One Big Reason Why Weight Loss Resolutions Fail: The Speed Bump

Almost every one of us, whether or not we've actually lost weight, has made a New Years Resolution to lose weight. In fact, it seems to be one of the most popular resolutions, with only exercise and "eating healthier" beating it. According to the New York Post, you'll quit before the end of the month, if you make it even halfway through. Why is this? Well, there are actually a lot of reasons:...

Of Broken Windows and Good Habits

Be it nail biting, spending too much on morning coffee, or checking your phone every 10 seconds, every one of us has a bad habit or two that we need to fix. We sometimes don't realize we have certain bad habits, since we've had them for so long. When we want to fix them, what do we do? We form a good habit to take their place. That's also how weight control works: you're fixing bad habits by...

Never-Fats Won’t Fix Your Obesity

There is a common theme I see, especially among Registered Dietitians (RD), on Twitter and elsewhere when it comes to dealing with obesity and weight-related problems. The unfortunate consensus among many (HAES is prevalent) is that you can't or shouldn't try to lose weight. This isn't always true. Some of them say that weight loss is OK but shouldn't be celebrated. Some say you shouldn't set...

Jealousy is Stupid

I've spent most of my life jealous of other people. Did they get a new job? Fuck them, lucky assholes. Lose weight? Must be nice! Jealousy is poisonous, but only to ourselves. It takes the place of action, and prevents us from learning and accomplishing anything. The person you're jealous of can be a resource to get you into a better position, but you're too busy hating them for what they have...

The Folly of Intent

There is a special problem that people face on a regular basis: they intend to do something they won't actually do. This applies heavily to weight loss/dietary changes, and I would argue that our desire to express intent is why we often fail at things. At some point, somewhere, most of us learned that merely expressing intent gives us a very similar high to actually achieving something. This...

Breaking Up With Food

I plan what I eat on a daily basis before I eat it. I don't wake up and say "I'm having spaghetti today." I don't meticulously plan every single item I put into my mouth. I used to, but that level of strict conformity isn't necessary for me. When I get up in the morning, I know what I'll have: coffee with a protein shake. Sometimes I have jerky too, but not often. I know that my lunch will be...

The Delusions of Obesity

I was fine when I was over 400 lbs. I had a job that paid decently, I had my own office, car, and had a place to live. I had friends and I went out sometimes but didn't like crowds. I felt I was living life the only way I could, and it was working. I was, of course, completely delusional. My job? It sucked. The company was a clusterfuck and I wasn't treated well.My apartment? Constantly messy. I...