Excuses and Weight Loss

Asking for help takes courage!

This morning I was responding to a comment on my about page and was inspired to write this post about excuses and weightloss. Often we use excuses when not losing weight or simply to avoid doing the work to lose the weight.

The comment was “I will try it soon”.

This struck a cord with me because for years I procrastinated on losing weight. Actually even though I was in a size 16 I was in denial of my weight.

But there were times when I got tired of my muffin top and would do a fad diet. I’d lose a pound here and there but I never kept it off. There was always an excuse on why I couldn’t do it. Or I would look for a reason to push my health off for another day. And I used all the excuses. Thank goodness, I pulled my head out of the sand and decided to make some changes.

Now as a health coach and weight loss counselor I get to hear other peoples excuses! And believe me there is a lot. You see, making a change is scary and uncomfortable. If you have been wanting to lose weight, but keep putting it off you are not alone.

When you use excuses, it simply means you haven’t been in enough pain yet to take action. Perhaps your don’t have inflammation or your not on medications. Perhaps you love what you see in the mirror. In other words, Your not ready to take action. And that is okay.

But take a minute to read through some of these weight loss excuses. Have you used these excuses? Or  heard a loved one use them?

10 Biggest Weight loss Excuses Ever

“I’m too busy to eat healthy meals”. Let me just say, it doesn’t take any longer to make a healthy meal than it does to eat unhealthy. For example, it only takes a few minutes cut up a hard boiled egg and put it on a salad.

I can’t give up my comfort foods”. Just so you know, food is not love. And you can learn how to stop using food to make your feel better. Food is meant to nourish our bodies not support us emotionally.

If you use this excuse, you need to understand that this is a problem in your head, not your stomach. And yes, you can give up comfort foods that are unhealthy. Some comfort foods are good for you, but you can learn to eat them when you are actually hungry and not just when you want to feel better emotionally.

“My spouse doesn’t support me”. This is something that I hear a lot. And it is difficult when you have a partner who doesn’t think you need to lose weight or perhaps he/she is overweight as well. Or maybe they have their own fears. The thing to remember is that this is about you taking care of you. It’s about you loving yourself enough to make a change.

Sometimes the opposite is true for people. Sometimes a spouse may encourage or push you to lose weight because they are concerned about you. But unless you are ready to make a change, this nagging will not help. You need to be ready to make a change.  You can’t do it for anyone but yourself. I highly recommend spouses to read: Help My Husband Lose Weight.

“I’d have to cook differently for my family”. I’m sorry but this is the dumbest excuse ever. So you don’t want your kids and spouse to eat healthy foods? But believe it or not, there are people who think they would rather feed their spouse and children junk food because it is quick. Changing the way we shop and eat sets an example for our family. And it might prevent them from illnesses and health issues down the road.

“Healthy food is more expensive”. This is not true! I’ve been eating healthy for over 4 years and my food bill has gone down. Eating packaged junk food is expensive. When you eat food that isn’t processed it is actually less expensive in the long run. And eating healthy foods could save you money down the road in prescriptions because you wont need them.

“I have no time to plan my meals”. If your health is important, you will find a few extra minutes to pack a lunch or plan out dinner. You are worth it!

“My problem is hormonal”. I get this one as I gained a lot of weight when I was going through menopause. But I also lost 60 pounds when I was going through menopause. There are all sorts of hormonal issues that cause weight gain for people but you can still lose weight.

I’m on medications that make me fat. You can still lose weight even if you are on steroids, antibiotics or antidepressants that cause weight gain. I’ve seen people lose a lot of weight but it may just slow things down a bit. And I’ve also seen people find that often they are able to even eliminate some medications after they lose weight and under doctors care.

I’ll start next week. There is no time like the present. And you know, you will use the same excuse next week as well. Why not make yourself a priority and give yourself a gift of health right now.

You are worth it!

I don’t know where to start. This last excuse is very valid. This is where a health Tudor and coach can help!

As a health Tudor, I can put together a step by step program that is unique to you. We are all different in the foods that we like. You will be eating foods that you love and you will begin to feel better overall as your body gets the nutrition it needs to thrive.

When I work with clients I make sure I focus on the why. Meaning I help people understand how their body uses food for energy and why sometimes it stores it as fat. It helps people to understand why the foods they were eating helped to make them overweight in the first place.

I also educate people on how, by eating differently, their body can become a fat burning machine. Once we understand the mechanics of hour our bodies work everything begins to make sense. Once you learn this secret you will be able to keep the weight off for a lifetime.

Another important part of eliminating all of the excuses is changing your relationship with food. It is important to eat when your are actually hungry. Eating is about nourishing our bodies. Food tastes wonderful and gives great pleasure but eating isn’t about making us feel better emotionally.

Many over-eaters find that once they are able to reprogram their brain with the help of a weight loss counselor they can get control! You get to eat on your own terms without feeling deprived. Believe it or not, the cravings will go away. I have a t shirt that says “Food is not the boss of me”. But sadly for many years it was. Now, I am in control.

So hopefully you now get it that excuses and weightloss don’t go together. Excuses hold you back! It’s as simple as that.

You got this!

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12 thoughts on “Excuses and Weight Loss”

  1. Hello Wendy, you have just treated a problem that is related to weight loss and I must agree that it really is a problem because it was a thing that made me not lose weoght quickly. I had so much excuse to give and I didn’t mind being body shamed. I would bæsk in all of that. Eventually, I started having knee issues and had to go on meds and like you said, until there’s a problem, the excuses will not go. You have given solutions and answers to those excuses here. Nice one!

    1. Thank you, John and by the way, I had really bad knee problems for many years. I had to ice my knees at the end of the night. When I lost the weight, the knee problems went away. 

  2. Hi! Thank you for this post! You hit the nail on the head, for me. Yes, we should stop trying and start actually taking action. There are so many excuses. But we know, in the back end of our mind, that we can do better. I’m grateful not only to you for writing this post but also to the person that left that comment.

  3. I’m so pleased to have found your website here today because guess what, I’m over 50 and over weight and I have used all of the excuses and more besides I think, but seriously, I really could do with losing some weight, not just because it would make me feel better about myself, but I also have health problems that my be related to my being over weight, namely high blood pressure and joint pain, however, I have now bookmarked your website and I will be reading all of your tips and recommendations and hopefully I can start getting myself into shape, take care and keep up the good work. 

    1. Good for you Russ. Don’t hesitate to contact if you need support. High BP and inflammation are two things that many people see improve once they drop a few pounds.

  4. Hi Wendy. I am a 48 year old English male. I am currently obese. I have been big all of my life and I must admit I have a love hate relationship with food, I am what I would class as an emotional eater. I will be honest at some point in my life I have used all of the excuses you mention and it is true that until it really painful I tend to do nothing about it. I have always been an active person I have boxed and cycled most of my life but I have never been slim. Currently I am awaiting thyroid surgery which will take place on the 29th of October and I am hoping to return to exercise after that. The medication and illness have really stopped me in my tracks.  I have tried every kind of diet over the years and I fully understand what you mean by re programming my brain. I do admit that I am fat and I understand that I am getting to the point of no return, I just don’t seem to be able to stick to an action plan with my health. Maybe you could offer me some tips. Hopefully soem of the medication will stop after my operation and I can return to a normal life. I found your post to be very true and I did find some of it hard to swallow (forgive the pun)  because you were describing me. Thanks for the great article. Mark

    1. Mark, My heart goes out to you and I will certainly keep you in my prayers as you have thyroid surgery. You said, 

      “I do admit that I am fat and I understand that I am getting to the point of no return, I just don’t seem to be able to stick to an action plan with my health.” 

      and you asked me for advice. So here it is….

      First of all, I feel for you and I work with a lot of people who feel the same way. It is a struggle when you feel like you have tried everything but can’t seem to get it off and keep it off. In order for someone to reach out for help, they need to come to a point when they realize they can’t do it on their own. And it sounds like you have realized that. But the next step is being ready to make a change. You said what I wrote was “hard to swallow” but I want you to be a little scared. Obesity affects your health in many ways and can even shorten your life. The good news is it is never too late to get healthy. I would love to work with you. If you are interested, contact me and we can put a plan together. I will give you the support you need. Please keep me posted on your surgery.

      I wish you all the best!

      1. Thank you for the reply. I have been a bit wrapped up in life this week. I know that my body is at a crisis point because I have always been healthy and able to exercise. I have never been slim but, I have always been healthy.

        I am drawing a line in the sand for the 29th October and hoping that the story I have told myself is true and not just an excuse in disguise. On the plus side I have also decided that maybe there needs to be a website out there talking about the conditions that effect people like me. I am going to do a site about it.

        I am also toying with the idea of charting my weigh loss on the site maybe even through video blog.
        This will take a lot of courage as I am ashamed of the way I look.

        1. Mark, I will be keeping you in my prayers and thinking about you on the 29th when you have your surgery. You will do great!

          I love your attitude and motivation and if you need help, feel free to contact me. I know you are in UK but we can connect through email. Feel free to contact me at wendy@fatlossatfifty.com.

          And I’m excited you are thinking about logging your success through a website. That is where I started. I learned how to create a website at Wealthy Affiliate (they offer a free trial and you can earn extra money on the side). I started it as sort of a diary to keep me accountable. And it turned into this site where I get to pay it forward and help others.

          Needless to say, I am in your corner. Please keep me posted on your surgery.

          Best, Wendy

  5. Hi Wendy, what a fabulous article! I had to laugh when I read through the list of excuses because for a long time, I used a few of them, especially “I’ll start next week” and “I can’t give up my comfort foods!” I remember dieting in my teens and my twenties, trying to lose weight (at 5’1 I was 150 lbs.). Dieting was so miserable for me and I thought it so unfair that I had to miss out on delicious foods that I’d get so frustrated and turn back to my comfort food with a vengeance!

    It wasn’t til I was in my 40’s that I finally figured out that there are plenty of delicious healthy foods that are also low in fat and calories. I became very creative with my diet and now I hold steady at 103 lbs.

    What you are doing as a health tutor is a wonderful and noble cause. I wish I would have had someone like you to guide me and point me in the right direction. It would have saved me a lot of unhealthy yoyo dieting and also a lot of emotional pain. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise. I’m sure you are very successful as a health coach and weight loss counselor.


    1. Thank you, Sue and you are absolutely right that there are many healthy foods that are yummy. No reason at all to feel deprived. Congrats on holding your weight steady!

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