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Which big fat weight loss myth is wrecking your diet? Check out the top 5

Updated on June 20, 2012
Which weight loss myth are you labouring under?
Which weight loss myth are you labouring under? | Source

The weight loss myth: Diet industry spin that keeps us coming back for more

When millions of intelligent people struggle with something that is really very easy, you know there is something wrong. Yes, that's right - weight loss is easy. O.K. I know many of you are angry with me at this point - but please hear me out. I used to think weight loss was tough. A few years ago I discovered I had apnea. A sleep study showed I stopped breathing up to 200 times a night and I had to lose weight fast and keep it off or risk potentially fatal consequence in the long term, because of the strain on my heart. I was just about as motivated as it's possible to be - go under the knife, with a 40% chance of success (and be worse off if it failed), go on a diet and get my weight down or wind up in the bone yard, years ahead of my time, and miss my kids growing up.

Within three months I had lost 30 pounds and weighed in at 183 pounds - the lightest I'd been since I was about 22 - I was ecstatic!. It had been hell but I'd done it and I was discharged as "cured".

Now if this was a story, we'd leave it there - a nice happy ending. But real life's not always like that and within three months the weight started to creep back on and over the next few years I fought a non-stop battle to keep my weight under control as it swung up and down. On June 22nd 2011 the boom and bust cycle ended forever - the roulette wheel stopped on bust as I collapsed with a heart attack.

I was incredibly lucky that day: I collapsed next to a first aider; an ambulance was called immediately; an ambulance was close to the building and I was 5 minutes from the local hospital. It was a bright sunny day and I remember the ambulance doors closing as if lit by strobe lights as I flickered in and out of consciousness. All I could think about was not seen my wife and kids again.

In the weeks and months that followed I slowly rebuilt my health and my life with the help of my wonderful wife and kids. I'd been stented but my arteries were narrowed with fatty deposits and part of my heart muscle was now dead - if I was to live to see my kids grow and spend time with my wife I had to "stop the clock" as far as the build up of fatty deposits on my arteries was concerned - I had to find a way to lose the excess weight and keep it off forever and I had to find a way to do this with no energy, very fragile health and with guarenteed results.

Necessity is the mother of invention they say and I was between a rock and a hard place. Over the next few months my weight dropped to 168 pounds and it has remained there for nearly two years, as I write this. My wife who was a UK dress size 16 pulled on a pair of size 8 jeans six months after my heart attack and is still wearing them today. We discovered an incredibly easy way to achieve your ideal weight and keep it there on auto pilot. We call the technique Passive slimming and you can find out more about it at our passive slimmer website if you're interested (see the link below)

Relax - this hub isn't about the passive slimming technique - it's about how our eyes were opened to five diet industry myths that are so ingrained into our collective consciousness we accept them without ever questioning if they are true. As we discovered with passive slimming - once you've freed yourself from these misconceptions - achieving your ideal weight is very easy.

So, in no particular order, here are the top five big fat diet myths that keep us coming back for more...

Weight loss myth #1: Dieting is difficult

Let's be clear - the half of us who aren't overweight are not all weight loss experts. The fact is they never give their weight a second thought. The reason you think dieting is difficult is that you've been unsuccessful and almost everyone you know has been unsuccessful - oh sure a few keep the weight off for a few months but then it slowly creeps back on. It's not unreasonable to think that dieting is hard - that you have to "diet" at all. But consider this: if you'd only ever seen people who can't swim struggling in a swimming pool you'd be forgiven for thinking human beings weren't designed for the water. Just because you and virtually everyone else you know is doing it wrong - doesn't mean it's difficult or can't be done ;-).

If you think something is going to be difficult - that is exactly what you will experience. Now I'm not talking new age mysticism here - I'm not suggesting you think yourself thin or "think" dieting is easy - the trick is not to think about it at all. This is one of the core "secrets" of the passive slimming technique.

Weight loss myth #2: Dieting is complicated

It certainly can be! It all depends how long you (or your diet plan provider) want to spin it out. Now don't get me wrong - the human body is an incredibly complex thing and the way we convert what we eat into energy and the thousand and one other substances, which sustain life, is truly awe inspiring. Here's the thing though - whilst its no where near as complicated - the internal combustion engine is also complex - but if you're like me you just drive. I don't know (in any great detail) what's under the hood and I don't need to know, to get where I'm going. Every single minute of your existence thousands of complex an miraculous processes occur - completely automatically! Your body has thousands of finely tuned mechanisms to keep things in balance - from the oxygen level in your blood to the diameter of your pupils.

Dieting is only as complicated as you choose to make it - if you want to count calories - fine, go ahead, but it's not necessary. My wife and I have never counted a calorie and quite frankly never will - it's hard work, tedious and simply unnecessary. Attaining your ideal weight is really simple if you want it to be. Check out how the Passive slimming technique frees you from the tyranny of calorie counting and all the other "rocket science" you're told you need for success.

Weight loss myth #3: You need to work at it

Enter the good old protestant work ethic! Now, laudable as this may be in many situations - Dieting ain't one of them. If you fall for this myth then apart from working up a sweat and a very long association with the diet company of your choice - all you're going to do is fight a miserable on-going battle with your body. By choosing to "work" on your weight you are assuming and accepting that you can't achieve your ideal weight naturally. The trick however is not to do more (work) but to do less - stop "tugging at the stalks" - it doesn't make the wheat grow faster.

In most cases, the work you do will be counter-productive. Work implies effort and if your success strategy relies on effort then you have chosen a very difficult and unnecessary approach. You're pitting your conscious determination and stamina against natural processes which are occuring in your body - which never get tired, fed up or depressed - who do you think is going to win in the long term? Why not learn how to co-operate with those natural processes and let them do all the hard work of delivering your ideal weight?

If you're lucky enough to have a digital SLR camera, you'll know that you can have it set on auto or, if you're a professional photographer, you can set it to manual. If you want beautiful picture every time without having to do any work you use "auto" and get on with your life. Isn't it time you flipped your diet efforts onto auto and got on with your life?

Weight loss Myth #4: You need will-power

Mind over matter! You will be slim! I guess if you're one of those motivational gurus then you're all set - but what about us lesser mortals? Are you good at self denial? as far as I'm concerned "denial" is a river in Egypt. I know it's a terrible joke - but so is the old one about needing will-power for a successful diet.

Trust me - you don't have to have will-power when you've got a system that relies on the basic laws of the universe. Yes that's right: the basic laws of the universe - and the good news is that they just work - your will-power (or lack of it) are irrelevant. Don't worry - you don't need to understand how it works - it's like gravity - it doesn't discriminate on the grounds of ignorance.

This is good news, because there is a very good reason why you shouldn't think about dieting if you want to be successful - it brings you into conflict with your self image. If you are overweight - hard as this may be to acknowledge - at some point, at some level, you have accepted you are overweight as part of your self image. The problem with this is that when you try to use will power to achieve your ideal weight you are constantly bumping up against that self image that whispers in your ear.

It never whispers you're overweight and it doesn't use anything as crude as excuses but it does pipe an endless stream of "reasons". "Reasons" why you should be doing anything other than focusing on your diet. Most regular people crack eventually - it's just a question of when?

This is why you need something in your corner which works when you're not thinking of dieting or food - a process as relentless as the whisperings of your self image and inevitable as the laws of physics.

I hate that so many people feel a "failure" because they think they didn't have enough will-power to make a success of their diet. They're not failures - they're decent people struggling with systems that simply aren't fit for purpose. You don't need will-power to attain your ideal weight - there are ways to succeed without putting yourself through an exhausting and ultimately pointless battle of wits - the Passive Slimming Technique is one of them.

Weight loss myth #5: You have to be "good"

This one really gets my goat! The implication is: that you've become overweight by being "bad". Are people "bad" because they comfort eat? are people "bad" because they eat convenience food - because they are too darn busy taking care of their family to look after themselves? Are people"bad" because they're depressed? Are people "bad" for a thousand and one other reasons we find ourselves overweight?

The only thing I think which riles me more, is the idea that you're "good" for eating this - or not eating that. Some diet systems push it even further and suggest that there's something "sinful" about certain foods. The only thing "sinful" in my opinion is the suggestion that "good" or "bad" as anything to do with being overweight - or particular food types. All it does is stir up guilt and unhappiness - and it has absolutely nothing to do with your weight - regardless of what weight you happen to be!

You don't have to be "good" to attain your perfect weight - there is a whole host of mouth watering food out there for you and that includes both home cooked and convenience food. People suffering cravings who try to be "good" eat the whole packet when they finally break and feel guilty for having done so. Don't fall for this none sense - if you want something between meals it's best to have something than to binge later. Change takes time and involves many steps forward and the occasional step sideways or backwards - so don't get hung up on whether a food is supposed to be "good" or "bad" - they're loaded words that have no place in effective weight control. If you're not convinced, check out how the Passive Slimming Technique deals with cravings for a refreshing new approach to a natural feature of any significant changes to diet.

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    • Zebrahut profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Livingpah2004, thank you so much visiting and for your kind comments.

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      6 years ago from USA

      I do agree with you. You have some greats points. Love this hub.


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