by Golda Poretsky, H.H.C
I was just finishing up my blog for this week, when I received yet another email from a friend about how to lose weight easily by changing your relationship with food. In this email in particular, a very well respected holistic doctor was teaching a class on how changing your thoughts will change your body and cause weight loss.
I’m going to write something here that may garner me a few enemies, but in my ample experience, it’s the truth.
If something promises you weight loss, it’s bullsh*t. In fact, as George Carlin said, “It’s bullsh*t, and it’s bad for ya.”
I’m telling you the truth here. It’s a truth you may not want to hear. If it’s a diet program, you might indeed lose weight initially, but 95-98% of diets fail to cause weight loss that lasts longer than 3 to 5 years. If it’s not a diet program, but a positive thinking/ affirmation based program, it may cause some weight loss for some people, but not all people. If it’s an intuitive eating program, it may cause some weight loss for some people, but not all people. If it’s an exercise program, it may cause some weight loss for some people, but not all people. In other words, you could do all of this stuff, and you could do it all correctly, and it might not cause any weight loss.
In other words, it’s bullsh*t.
Why am I telling you this?
For three reasons:
1) I don’t want you to waste your money on this bullsh*t anymore.
2) I don’t want you to think that you failed at something that doesn’t work for everyone to begin with.
3) I don’t want you to do Health At Every Size type stuff (positive thinking, intuitive eating, body acceptance, healthy body movement) because you think it will make you lose weight. Because if, god forbid, you don’t lose weight, you might stop all of this Health At Every Size type stuff which is really healthy no matter what you weigh and no matter if you lose weight or not.
I know that many of the people that push this non-diet weight loss stuff are well-meaning, but they’re still peddling bullsh*t. Even if their program caused them to lose weight, or caused a couple of their clients to lose weight, that does not mean that you’ll lose weight. And when you try their bullsh*t out and you don’t lose weight and they shift the blame back to you and tell you you must be doing something wrong, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Same goes for if you lose weight and gain it back.
That’s why when I work with clients, even when their primary goal is to lose weight, I teach them what I know about Health At Every Size. And, lo and behold, some of them lose weight and some don’t. But they all learn that their weight is not an indicator of their health, or their beauty, or their self worth. They all start to love themselves a little (or a lot) more, they all feel less stressed out about food, they all even find exercise that they like if they didn’t have that already.
So the next time you see an ad or an email or a flyer from someone who promises weight loss if you do their program, let it raise a red flag. Or, as I would say, sound the bullsh*t alarms.
If you want to share a “Bullsh*t Alarms” experience with me, please do so in the comments.
Starting in two days, I’m teaching a 3 week teleclass to support you in your intuitive eating and body love journey. If you want to try out Health At Every Size for yourself, here is your chance!