Wanna know the truth?
If you’re going to be slim, you’re going to have to swim against the current. You’re going to have to take charge of your body and make your own decisions… cause if you go with the flow today, I guarantee that you’re going to be fat.
Here are 3 reasons why:
#1) Rampant Portion Sizes
‘Supersize it’, ‘Biggie Fries’, ‘Value Meal’, ‘Super Big Gulp’ – phrases that we use so commonly, it’s hard to believe that we’d have to explain what they mean to someone from another era.
Restaurants have blown their portion sizes so big in the name of providing ‘value’ that one meal could feed a small soccer team.
Considering that your stomach is roughly the size of your fist (but thank goodness it stretches!), the portion sizes you get today in the average restaurant could probably fill 5 or more stomachs.
But we’re told to get our money’s worth right?
So go ahead and eat up. That way you can spend your money going to the doctor for obesity related health problems later. That’s truly getting your money’s worth!
#2) Escalator Generation
Go with the flow and you’ll enjoy a multitude of worldly conveniences. You can microwave your dinner in 5 minutes, load your dishwasher in 2 and pay the dog walker in 1.
You don’t have to walk to the store – just hop in the car. Your kids don’t have to go swimming – they’ve got a new Xbox game. Don’t bother taking the stairs because there’s an elevator.
You can sit at a desk for long hours without even getting up from your chair. And when you do come home from work – you have the luxury of flopping on the couch and watching ‘Friends’ while eating takeout.
Go with the flow my friend and you’ll expend less energy while eating more. Oh – and you’ll also be told that taking a pill is the only way to solve the problem of your ever-increasing waistline.
One of the best photographs I ever saw was of the front of a gym. There was a staircase leading up to the gym with an escalator beside it. And you guessed it – people were taking the escalator UP to the gym! The only guy on the stairs was walking DOWN them. That pretty much sums up the problem.
#3) Fad Diets
Fad diets are everywhere. The very concept of eating one food group for 2 weeks – just so you can fit into that little black dress – and then go back to old eating habits, is insane.
And yet we do it. There are books that tell us how, programs that teach us how, and we fall for it. We want to make temporary changes to get lasting results. This is a set-up for gaining and keeping extra weight.
While a well-balanced (not fad), nutritionally sound diet can help you kick start your weight loss, if you want to feel better and keep the weight off, you’re going to have to be prepared to make some permanent changes to your lifestyle. You will be better off, healthier, and yes – thinner so you won’t have to go on a crazy fad diet to get into that little black dress.
Unfortunately, if you ‘go with the flow’ in our world today, chances are very high that you’re going to get fat. BUT by knowing what you’re up against, you can take steps to swim against the current. You can get serious, take charge and make positive choices for your body – you can live slim and healthy in a world skewed towards weight gain.