The Accountability Diet: Posts

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...

3 Ways to Ignore Cravings and Stay Accountable

Everybody has cravings; these little desires to eat something we don't need, or do something we know we shouldn't. They can derail progress, piss people off, and are just absolute bullshit. How do you deal with cravings? This is a question I haven't had to answer in a long time. I used to crave things all of the time. When I was over 400 lbs, I gave in to every single craving. I do still have...

Failure Can Only Win If You Let It

I have a secret to tell you: I didn't track calories through the month of October 2018. I was too busy riding the high from leaving my shitty marriage and finally getting out of the house. But I failed. For a whole month. Yet here I am, still losing weight, still kicking ass. This is a problem that everybody has regularly. We are afraid to fail. We get comfortable, we decide to stop pursuing our...

Obesity Shrinks Your World

My world had shrunk before I got to 400 lbs. I didn't realize it, but it had. When I was 330 lbs, I started working at a warehouse. I was walking up and down racks of merchandise, slapping a label on it and throwing it onto a conveyor belt. I had to do this at a pace I really shouldn't have been able to, but I managed to pull it off. I also got down to about 300 lbs. After I transitioned to web...

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....