The Realization

I can't eat as much as I want

Fantasy World

I've written a book on weight loss and "The Only 8 Things I Needed to Know to Lose Weight," available on this website.  I stand by what I wrote there.  But, I've discovered in talking with people who struggle with weight they fall into two categories. 

Type 1 - Do NOT know they can't eat as much as they want.

Type 2 - Know that they can't eat as much as they want.

The success rate of losing and keeping weight off among the Type 2 is better than Type 1. 

Why?  Because Type 2 people know the truth.  Type 1s barricade themselves in a fantasy world.  Type 2 people focus on what works: eating the right amount of food.  Type 1 people believe in myths, such as not eating after 7 pm, to maintain the delusion of being able eat as much as they want.

I know.  I was in that fantasy world.  The first time I used BMI to I discounted it because it told me I was "overweight".  I didn't think it applied to me. 

People praised me for "being able to eat whatever I wanted without gaining weight."  I didn't want to disappoint.  I had fans to please.  The only problem?  The truth.  I was gaining weight. 

As I gained weight, I tried exercising harder to burn more calories.  Yet the weight kept increasing.

My social life centered around food.  My friends would plan our outings to try new restaurants or cook new recipes.

I took to heart such phrases as, "life isn't fun if you have to count calories or worry about what you eat" and "Only rabbits should eat rabbit food."

I bought the myth that genetics predestined our weight. 

But, being overweight didn't make me happy and I grew  concerned with the needle creeping up on the scale and my powerlessness to stop it.

The Realization

I cannot eat as much as I want.

Lance Armstrong's book, It's Not About the Bike, is a great book for many reasons.  For my waistline, the important part was when he described how he meticulously tracked every calorie he ate when training for the Tour de France because he wanted to start the race at a specific weight.  Elite cyclists are notorious for burning thousands of calories daily.  Before I read Lance's book, I didn't think calorie counting was something they needed to spend much time on.  Then it hit me.  If Lance needs to watch his calories, I do too.

After realizing the truth I only needed to figure out how many calories I should be taking in given my goal weight and activity level and figure out how to eat that many calories successfully.