On Honesty and Eating.
Shakespeare said it best, "To thine own self be true."  Later on, I will discuss what to tell family, friends, and co-workers, but you need to stop lying to yourself right now. You have been telling yourself so many insidious and destructive lies for so long that you probably believe some of them by now and may not recognize them right away. What I am talking about is lies like these: 

Body Lies

  • I have big bones. Everyone in my family has big bones and they are all fat, so I'm doomed to be fat. 
  • I don't need to weigh myself; I can go by how my clothes fit.
  • Everyone has to die of something.
  • Anyone who is worth knowing will love me for who I am inside and my body won't matter.
  • I really don't look any different at 140 than I do at 150.
  • I go by what I look like in the mirror, not by some number on a scale.
  • I can't maintain at a lower weight. My body just gets fat again on its own. I can't help that.
  • If my friends are fatter than I am, I look thin.
  • I really look better when I'm carrying a few more pounds.
  • Those insurance tables are bogus. No one can be that thin.
  • Thin women are more at risk for osteoporosis so I don't want to be thin.
  • I know someone who is thin as a rail who died of a heart attack.

Food Lies

  • Carrot cake is a vegetable.
  • Chocolate is a vegetable... Hey! It comes from a BEAN, right?
  • I'm going to have this fruit Jello for my salad.
  • These cookies are low-fat so I can eat several.
  • Crackers are a grain product and so they are good for me.
  • Potato chips are a vegetable.
  • Nuts are high in protein and so a peanut butter sandwich is a good substitute for a chicken breast.
  • A hotdog on a bun is roughly equivalent to a chicken breast with a slice of whole wheat bread.
  • Food used for medicinal purposes is ok. Examples include hot chocolate, brandy, and Sara Lee cheesecake.
  • Movie-related foods such as Milk Duds and buttered popcorn are part of the total entertainment package and so don't count the same as food.
  • Broken cookies don't really count.
  • Foods that are frozen have no calories because calories are units of heat.
  • Milkshakes are beverages and so do not count as food.

Behaviour Lies

  • If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it doesn't count.
  • I never eat anything all day long. I don't know why I can't lose weight.
  • If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are cancelled out by the diet soda.
  • When you eat with someone else, calories don't count if you eat less than they do.
  • Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something.
  • I will eat less tomorrow.
  • I took the stairs today so that makes up for this cupcake.

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