If You're Carrying Excess Weight, Admit You Have a Serious Health Problem

A problem must be acknowledged before it can be solved. That’s one of the major snares and delusions which hampers the fight against obesity. A recent survey showed that more than half the adults in Britain are overweight, but a quarter of them r

efuse to accept the reality of this diagnosis. The same can be true of alcoholics, who may be lying in the gutter and yet still refusing to admit that they had a drink problem. That was the problem faced by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the reason why the first step of their famous Twelve Step recovery is for addicts to admit that they had a problem and need help. That same applies in other walks of life. For decades the people of Glasgow lived in one of the most violent areas in Britain. This was taken as the norm, until the local police force received a UN report which revealed that Glasgow had the highest murder rate in Western Europe. This served as a wake-up call, and motivated the police to set up a Violence Reduction Unit, which within a year resulted in a 49 per cent reduction in violent crime. Once

they recognised they had a problem, the application of the remedial measures was relatively easy.

We naked apes never like to admit that we’re behaving in a foolish way. To protect our egos, and preserve our self esteem, we resort to psychological tricks which we use, either consciously or unconsciously, to conceal our stupidity. Sigmund Freud described these subterfuges as ‘defence mechanisms’. At times we resort to what are termed projection, displacement, regression, compensation and intellectualization. But the most frequently used psychological defence mechanism is denial. This is generally defined as an attempt to ease anxiety by refusing to accept external reality. There’s clearly no need to lose weight if you refuse to accept that you’re carrying excess flab. A recent study of 1,043 families living in Atlanta, Georgia, revealed that 42 per cent had children who were overweight or clinically obese. This alarming finding was compounded by the fact that fully 76 per cent of the parents chose to believe that their kids were either of a healthy build or sometimes even underweight. Unless defects are recognised, they will never be remedied. If you want to get yourself in tip-top shape write a personal confession, admitting that you have a weight problem which you’re determined to overcome. Put that pledge on your bathroom mirror, where you’re likely to see it every morning. Then tell as many as possible of your family and friends that you’ve turned over a new leaf and are now determined to shed your excess pounds. This was the strategy used by Field Marshall Charles de Gaulle, who one day walked into his office and told his staff that he’d given up cigarettes and would never smoke again. Being a proud man, there was no way he was going to be seen to break his resolve. You can adopt the same ploy and make your friends your training buddies. Tell them you’re determined to adopt a healthier life style and seek their help in following your resolve. After that, never once break your pledge. Putting on excess weight is a habit and a habit that’s not constantly reinforced quickly dies. Every time you say ‘no’ to junk food makes it easier to say ‘no’ in future. In the same way, every time you say ‘yes’ to healthy outdoor exercise, the simpler it becomes to say ‘yes’ next time. Constantly remind yourself of the benefits you’re gaining by losing weight. Each night, as you fall asleep, say to yourself: ‘Day by day I’m feeling slimmer and fitter. My health is improving. The battle is being won.

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A problem must be acknowledged before it can be solved. That’s one of the major snares and delusions which hampers the fight against obesity. A recent survey showed that more than half the adults in Britain are overweight, but a quarter of them refuse to accept the reality of this diagnosis. The same can be true of alcoholics, who may be lying in the gutter and yet still refusing to admit that they had a drink problem. That was the problem faced by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the reason why the first step of their famous Twelve Step recovery is for addicts to admit that they had a problem and need help. That same applies in other walks of life. For decades the people of Glasgow lived in one of the most violent areas in Britain. This was taken as the norm, until the local police force received a UN report which revealed that Glasgow had the highest murder rate in Western Europe. This served as a wake-up call, and motivated the police to set up a Violence Reduction Unit, which within a year resulted in a 49 per cent reduction in violent crime. Once they recognised they had a problem, the application of the remedial measures was relatively easy.
We naked apes never like to admit that we’re behaving in a foolish way. To protect our egos, and preserve our self esteem, we resort to psychological tricks which we use, either consciously or unconsciously, to conceal our stupidity. Sigmund Freud described these subterfuges as ‘defence mechanisms’. At times we resort to what are termed projection, displacement, regression, compensation and intellectualization. But the most frequently used psychological defence mechanism is denial. This is generally defined as an attempt to ease anxiety by refusing to accept external reality. There’s clearly no need to lose weight if you refuse to accept that you’re carrying excess flab. A recent study of 1,043 families living in Atlanta, Georgia, revealed that 42 per cent had children who were overweight or clinically obese. This alarming finding was compounded by the fact that fully 76 per cent of the parents chose to believe that their kids were either of a healthy build or sometimes even underweight. Unless defects are recognised, they will never be remedied. If you want to get yourself in tip-top shape write a personal confession, admitting that you have a weight problem which you’re determined to overcome. Put that pledge on your bathroom mirror, where you’re likely to see it every morning. Then tell as many as possible of your family and friends that you’ve turned over a new leaf and are now determined to shed your excess pounds. This was the strategy used by Field Marshall Charles de Gaulle, who one day walked into his office and told his staff that he’d given up cigarettes and would never smoke again. Being a proud man, there was no way he was going to be seen to break his resolve. You can adopt the same ploy and make your friends your training buddies. Tell them you’re determined to adopt a healthier life style and seek their help in following your resolve. After that, never once break your pledge. Putting on excess weight is a habit and a habit that’s not constantly reinforced quickly dies. Every time you say ‘no’ to junk food makes it easier to say

‘no’ in future. In the same way, every time you say ‘yes’ to healthy outdoor exercise, the simpler it becomes to say ‘yes’ next time. Constantly remind yourself of the benefits you’re gaining by losing weight. Each night, as you fall asleep, say to yourself: ‘Day by day I’m feeling slimmer and fitter. My health is improving. The battle is being won.
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