Sunday, January 15, 2006

Weight Loss Happens When You 'Lose The Lies'

Fitness-minded mom Laurie Bell doesn't mince words about weight loss

For people, especially women, who have dealt with a weight problem for most of their lives, giving people like Laurie Bell "the look" as she refers to it in her book doesn't bother her in the least bit. You know you do it and your mind instantly moves from admiration to jealousy because you believe that you could never look as fit and trim as she does.

While most people would look at Laurie Bell today and think, "She's so lucky because she was born to be physically fit," little do they know just how wrong they are about this former junk food junkie turned health-conscious woman. That's the underlying message she conveys in her book, Lose The Lies, Lose The Weight.

Let me warn you about this book! It is not for those who are afraid to hear the truth unmasked from any use of psychological innuendo and "feel-good" euphemisms to sugarcoat the hard message that you need to hear about losing weight. In fact, Bell is unabashed in her convictions about what is causing people to gain weight at such epidemic proportions and refuses to simply appease you with what you want to hear. If that's what you are looking for in this book, then you might want to find another book to read instead.

But Lose The Lies, Lose The Weight tells it to you in a direct and authoritative manner that will keep you turning the pages of this book like you would a riveting, plot-thickening mystery novel. Bell obviously cares about the people who are reading her book so much that she is unwilling to lead them astray on their pathway to better health. You should appreciate any author who is willing to tell it like it is!

Because I was able to lose nearly 200 pounds by implementing some basic lifestyle changes in my life, I was extremely interested in reading what Bell had to say about the subject of weight loss. To my delight, she did not disappoint me.

As I have personally said many times to people, weight loss doesn't begin with a "diet" program or attaining the mysterious willpower to suddenly resist poor food choices. Instead, it begins in the mind where we often lie to ourselves about why we are fat. We make up excuses to ourselves, such as "I'm happy with the way I look" or "I can't give up my sweets." I have three words for this kind of thinking -- LIE LIE LIE! We tell ourselves these lies because we just don't want to change. Bell discusses 10 of these "Destructive Lies You Tell Yourself" in Part I of Lose The Lies, Lose The Weight.

In Part II, she moves from the lies you tell yourself to the "Manipulative Lies Others Tell You." Ooooh, this is a touchy subject as well. I know first-hand how other people will do anything and everything they can to sabotage your weight loss efforts. Some don't mean to do it, but many others do because they want to feel better about themselves. It's a cruel and ironic world we live in, but Bell shows you six lies that you will need to be aware of that will come from others.

The section called "Nutrition Lies" in Part III takes a look at the various ways of eating and how the lies about them can contribute to your being overweight or obese. Since I lost weight on the low-carb lifestyle, I was especially interested in Bell's comments about carbohydrates. While she does not believe in eating zero carbs (and neither do I), instead she promotes that there are certain healthy complex carbs that should be eaten in sufficient amounts for stronger muscles and increased energy.

She also promotes the consumption of high-fiber foods (something virtually every low-carber supports) and avoiding sugars, especially the hidden ones that often end up in most foods that people are simply unaware of. Bell shares a story about how deceptive these marketing tactics can be and, like me, encourages you to scour food labels for any trace of unnecessary sugars. Be sure to read Bell's tips about how to quit sugar for good.

Next, in Part IV of Lose The Lies, Lose The Weight, Bell addresses the "Exercise Lies" that prevent most people from beginning a regular workout routine. Continuing with her in-your-face writing style, she refuses to back down from her belief that people make time for what is important to them and shouldn't make useless excuses get in the way of their deepest desires and needs. If you want to lose weight and get fit, then you will start exercising -- NOW!

Finally, "Getting Fit" in Part V provides practical advice and instruction on how to implement a workout routine into your life. Bell even shows you pictures of the resistance training exercises she has used to become the fitness bombshell that she is today. She didn't get those muscles overnight, but by taking it day-by-day to invest in her health and future to live a long life for those two beautiful girls of hers on the back cover of the book.

What an inspiring story Bell should be for anyone who thinks, "I could never look like her!" Stop lying to yourself and let her success push you to look even better than she does. Bell believes anyone can make this happen! Regardless of which weight loss eating plan you have chosen, there is something in Lose The Lies, Lose The Weight that will help you make this lifestyle change permanent.

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Blogger Philena Rush said...

yes.. losing weight is very psychological. So.. with my supplements.. To stay dedicated to taking them, I tell myself, "This is medicine for medicine" So.. If I remind myself that the vitamins and supplements I take is to prevent needing medicine (With harmful side effect) Then I will take them faithfully. So far.. this small mental suggestion WORKS!

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