Weight Loss Excuses Debunked

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"I inherited the fat gene."

"There are chemicals in our water that cause everyone to gain weight."

"There are chemicals that leach into bottled water from the bottles that cause us to gain weight."

"It's transfat's fault."

"It's the high-fructose corn syrup -- our bodies don't know how to deal with it."

The truth is that the results we get are largely determined by the way we play the hand we're dealt.  You may have inherited a tendency to be heavy, but if you don't feed your body with fattening foods, that tendency will remain latent.

If it was chemicals in our water -- you know: hormones, Prozac, Estrogen from birth control pills -- even I would be fat and that's not the case.  I drink mostly tap water, especially since I learned that AquaFina is just filtered tap water, so I know this excuse doesn't hold water(pardon the pun).

No one is forced to eat trans-fats.

High-fructose corn syrup is something that spikes insulin release and this does lead to diabetes over time, but again, nobody is holding a gun to your head to drink the stuff or consume it in its many other forms.  Read the label before you eat stuff!

The truth is, it is difficult to avoid the many elements of our diet that lead to weight gain, but many of us are grasping at straws to blame tiny amounts of unnatural chemicals, transfats, or ubiquitous sweeteners in processed foods.  The bulk of the blame belongs on us and the basic foods we eat. 

It's the dense caloric foods, full of delicious fat, that made us fat and keep us that way.

It's the daily diet of butter or margerine on your breakfast toast, on your hot cereal.  It's the fat in your scrambled eggs.  It's the fat in your 2% milk.  There is a lot of fat in your latte, not to mention your hamburger at lunch, the sour cream in your baked potato, your pork chops at dinner time.  As Dr. McDougall says, "The fat you eat is the fat you wear."

If you are serious about losing weight and looking and feeling your best, the fattening culprits are nearly everywhere.  But they depend on you to put them into your mouth.  With a little planning and preparation you can learn some delicious recipes that will get you off the fattening amusement ride that is the standard American diet.

You are responsible for what you choose to eat.  Sure, it's a bother to try to find food that isn't laced with preservatives, additives, sugar, and fat, but that's what you have to do if you are going to win the Battle of the Bulge.

Unless you can be satisfied with excuses when you lose your health and youthful appearance, do some research and take control over what you eat now.  It may be a lot of trouble to make your own breakfast, lunches, and dinners -- and to be picky when you eat in restaurants -- but you'll save a lot of money and you'll gain a body you won't have to make excuses for.

Paul Kemp is an entrepreneur and fitness student who has made a fifty year study of how to be healthy. He reveals what he has found at www.HealthyPlanetDiet.com

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