“Guns don’t kill people any more than forks make them fat.”
I saw the above quotation recently and it really got me thinking. I read years ago about several overweight teenagers who sued McDonald’s for making them obese because they were addicted to the fast food.
Is it any more ridiculous to sue the company that made your silverware because you use their forks, knives and spoons to eat and you are overweight?
Listen, I talk about the importance of choosing real food and eliminating fast and packaged, processed junk food all the time. So I am the first one to stress how important what you put in your body is. But we have forgotten about personal responsibility. Somewhere along the way we have become a nation of finger-pointers!
It goes without saying that fast food restaurants should not heavily market to young children and it’s also true that the more you eat that food the more you crave it. It is made to be addictive. But parents are also responsible for limiting their children’s exposure to that junk and teaching them why. Just as important as choosing clean, fresh, whole foods that nourish your body instead of simply filling (and expanding) your belly is to educate yourself and develop discipline, taking responsibility for your choices.
Unless you make a conscious decision to choose real food and avoid junk as much as possible you can certainly become addicted to processed foods and many people do! While what you put into your body matters greatly, much of what really impacts your choices the most is what is already inside you: your thoughts, beliefs and feelings.
You can exercise and diet like crazy, lose a ton of weight and if you don’t address what is going on inside, you are essentially ensuring you gain it all back again and then some. Your spirit and soul are every bit as critical as your muscles and diet and yet often are completely overlooked. You may have grown up believing because your whole family is overweight that’s just the way it is and you have no choice in the matter. That will definitely influence the choices you make.
There is more to weight loss than simply adjusting your diet and exercising. You may be carrying around mental, emotional or spiritual “weight” that is preventing you from experiencing weight loss success you so desire. Weight loss, like most life changes, is an inside job.
Perhaps take some time to think about what you believe and if you need help with this, contact me and let’s talk.
Are you taking responsibility for your choices or just blaming your lack of success on external factors?
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