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Diet myths debunked

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015

Food

Think you can cheat on your diet or start over on Monday? Think again! Author Steve Siebold debunks diet myths.

  • Myth: I can cheat on my diet 

Truth: Imagine informing your spouse you’ve been 99% faithful in your marriage.  You wouldn’t be shocked at the incredulous reaction, yet we’ve been brainwashed to believe diets are different.  They’re not!  Success with your diet means 100% commitment, and that’s why most people don’t succeed.

  • Myth: I can start over on Monday

Truth: Start-stop syndrome is a common cause of weight-loss failure.  This instills the belief that time is unlimited, and another opportunity will be available to become healthy.  Tell that to the millions of Americans who have had heart attacks, cancer and diabetes caused by obesity.  Today is all you have.

  • Myth: Diets just don’t work for me

Truth: People don’t work.  People have a difficult time accepting their own behavior so they blame their diet. That’s no different than a college graduate begging for money on the street and then blaming the school for his failure to succeed.  Grow up emotionally and develop the mental toughness to stick to a diet once and for all.

  • Myth: I’m so ashamed to be on a diet

Truth: Dieting is something to be proud of.  In fact, tell everyone you know and shout it from the rooftops.   Part of losing weight is being proud of the discipline it requires to become fit and stay that way.  Don’t be brainwashed by the thinking of the masses.  Think for yourself and be proud of declaring war on poor eating habits.

  • Myth: I look good with a little meat on my bones

Truth: If you want to successfully lose weight, it’s time to become brutally honest with yourself.  When you want to become better at something, look at it through the eyes of objective reality, the way it really is, and don’t let emotion cloud your judgment.  Take a good look in the mirror and stop lying to yourself.  If you’re going to win this battle, you have to identify the enemy, and the enemy is you.

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