Face it. You’re an Addict.

I’m going to lay some truth down here because I’m a fat guy so I can. Overweight people like myself don’t like to hear the truth sometimes because it hurts especially from skinny in shape people so here it is from a fat guy in recovery. Stop making excuses. You are an addict.

Just like in any recovery programs, dieting and changing your lifestyle is no different. The first step to change is admitting you have a problem and something tells me that if you’re overweight you probably do. The first thing you have to admit to yourself is that you are an addict. You’re addicted to sugar, you’re addicted to fat, and you’re addicted to salt. image

If you don’t believe me go on a diet for a week to 10 days just to start. Those feelings of moodiness and hunger and tiredness in the first week those are called withdrawals. Your body is withdrawing from fat and sugar and salt and whatever other bad things you were putting in it. After your first week or 10 days is up, have a cheat day and see how you feel. You’ll feel almost high and at the same time almost sick because your body is getting these bad things back. That sickness you feel, you were feeling like that every day and didn’t realize it!!

These are things that people don’t want to hear when they are overweight or they are trying the newest fad diet or latest weight loss surgery craze. If you don’t manage your addiction you will never be successful at losing weight. No surgery no supplement and especially no excuse is going to fix that. This is not my first time on this journey. I have lost 100 pounds before but gained it back again twice because I refused to look my addiction to food in the face.

Your body feeds off of sugar and fat because it’s what the body wants, which is why it is so delicious to us and when we have no control, we can’t get enough of it, but you have to admit to yourself that you have a problem if like me you are thinking about Taco Bell for dinner later while you’re at the drive through at In and Out for lunch or a mid day snack.

imageYou know exactly what I’m talking about too. You watch the Food Network like it’s a form of pornography salivating over what you can shove in your face next. You eat a whole box of doughnuts (see photo above) instead of just one as a treat, which is what it actually is.

imageThere’s reason that so many people who undergo weight loss surgery or take weight loss supplements are unsuccessful or are at first successful but then gain all the weight they lost back almost immediately. It’s because these are quick fixes to a serious problem. Weight loss surgery and supplements work, there’s no doubt, but they don’t do it on their own and most people use these as a substitute for hard work and look to these methods to “do the hard work for them”. With surgery it becomes, “well, if I eat something I’m not supposed to or eat too much I’ll get sick” and with supplements it becomes, “well supplement xyz says that it burns the bad food and turns it into magic dust.” Both of these are ways to avoid a difficult conversation with yourself.

If you want to do this I mean REALLY do it, have that conversation with yourself. Look in the mirror. As a matter of fact make it more dramatic take your shirt off or even naked and look at yourself. Seriously look at yourself and say to yourself “I am an addict”  You ARE an addict, and unless you can admit it to yourself and control your addiction you will never be successful at this in the long term. You can do it I believe in you, because I am doing it. It’s not easy but nothing good is easy and you will never be able to do it unless you have these hard conversations with yourself. My name is Aaron Lohman and I’m an addict. Join me on the path to recovery. We can do this together.