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...

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:...

The Places You Won’t Go

Quality of life is a huge issue when you're obese. Well, it's an issue outside of that, but obesity is where your quality of life goes to retire and die. One of the biggest problems with obesity is not moving. It doesn't mean you can't move (most obese people are mobile), it means you don't want to. It means you simply would rather watch TV, play video games, or stare at a computer or your...

Diets suck. Avoid them.

Diets are stupid. This isn't a joke. A diet is a temporary solution to a permanent problem."Diet" -- just the word itself brings up a whole host of negative emotions. Every time you hear about a person who failed at losing weight, they were on a "diet". Every lifestyle magazine in the checkstands says you can lose X lbs in Y days, with their special "diet". Many trainers push their own "diet" to...

Your Excuses Are Killing You

You're gonna die. Don't worry, so am I. We all are. Some of us will do it faster than others. If you make excuses for how you live your life, you're winning the worst race possible. "...you're literally risking life and limb, every day, just to make excuses." According to the World Health Organization, we're ballooning up. We are getting fatter, and have been since the 1970s. There is a very...

Functional CICO: Not Just Calorie Counting

Every single day, I encounter the same mistaken info on Twitter:"CICO doesn't work! I eat (some wildly incorrect number of calories) and I've (lost/gained)! That shouldn't happen!""I was hungry all the time when I did CICO! Now I do (some other thing), so CICO is crap!"Or one of my favorites: "CICO doesn't work in the long term because it doesn't deal with hunger! Or nutrients! Or (whatever)!"...

“Everybody in my family is big!” is you identifying a problem

My grandma was about 5 feet tall, and about that wide, too.My mom was over 300 lbs when she had me, at 5'4". My dad was overweight before he died. Was I destined for fatness? This is a common idea borne of the human love for patterns. We love drawing connections to things that may or may not actually connect. It gets worse when we grow up with it. It wasn't just a pattern we drew; it was...

This Opinion is Controversial

You don't have to be overweight. It doesn't seem controversial at first, but it is. I don't mean the kind of controversy that happens when you see celebrity nipple; it is more subtle than that: You wake up one morning and decide you're done being fat. Tired of all of the nonsense that comes with it. So you go on the internet, you do some research, and you land on a diet that sounds sensible....