Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Why Do People Have An 'I Don't Care' Attitude About Their Need For Weight Loss?

Right now as you are reading the words I have written for this blog post, there are quite literally tens of millions of people all around the world who are sitting at their desk at work, watching television, eating in restaurants--living life--and yet they have something that is just about the most destructive thing anyone could possibly have.

Is it AIDS? Nope!
How about cocaine addition? No again.
Could it be cancer? Wrong answer.

As bad as all of those things are, the number of people I am referring to is impacted on a much grander scale than the people who suffer from the above issues COMBINED! What am I referring to?

Call it apathy, call it discontent, or whatever fits your lexicon. But the "I don't care" attitude about weight loss that is exhibited by the two out of every three people in the United States and I would suspect worldwide is doing more damage than we are willing to admit.


As a man who used to be one of those morbidly obese people who walked around this world fat and without any reason for ever trying to lose weight, let me give you some of my insights on the answer to that question.

Weighing over 400 pounds is something that didn't just happen overnight. It was a series of poor choices and decisions that I made in the way I ate, how much I ate, the kinds of foods I ate, and why I ate. Additionally, exercise was nonexistent so there was no calorie-burning happening in my body aside from the day-to-day activities of life.

After trying and failing on so many of these low-fat, calorie-restricted, weigh every ounce of food diet out there, you get frustrated and come to the conclusion that being overweight of obese is your lot in life. There's absolutely no reason to try to lose weight because you'll only end of failing. This mentality is fueled by the continual trial and error that happens when you go on a diet. Up and down, up and down your weight goes and you just throw your hands up in the air.

This hopeless and helpless feeling more than anything else is why people say "I don't care" about their need for weight loss. That's why I try to encourage people who are where I once was to realize there are better ways to lose weight than all those "healthy" tips we have heard over the course of our lifetime. Start educating yourself about radically different nutritional approaches, such as livin' la vida low-carb, and you will find much of what you thought you knew about losing weight was 180 degrees WRONG!

The emotional pain that comes from being overweight or obese cannot be diminished either. As much as people who are fat want to put on a good front and a happy face, the truth is they are longing deep down inside to be "normal" again and getting their weight under control. They rationalize that they are "big-boned" and was simple "destined to be fat forever." UGH! What lies we tell ourselves when we have allowed such thoughts to enter our heads.

Although people might say they don't care, the fact is that they do. Everyone who has a weight problem will have to come face-to-face with the reality that their weight will sooner or later begin causing health problems that may not be treatable. When everything else has failed to work to bring about weight loss, that's when you turn to something new to make it happen. That's the beauty of the low-carb lifestyle and precisely why I keep doing what I do here day after day after day.

If you are one of those people who hides behind the facade that you just don't care about weight loss, then listen to me when I say this from the bottom of my heart. STOP IT! STOP LYING TO YOURSELF! THE GIG IS UP AND IT'S HIGH TIME YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR WEIGHT NOW! NOT TOMORROW! NOT NEXT WEEK OR NEXT YEAR! RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT!

When I weighed 410 pounds in January 2004 at the beginning of my low-carb lifestyle, I had no idea that by the end of that year I would drop 180 pounds, lose 20 inches from my waist, be in the best physical shape of my entire life, and begin a lifelong journey to be healthy and help others get there, too! But that's EXACTLY what happened and it can happen for anyone willing to give low-carb living a chance to change their life just like it changed mine.

Those feelings of apathy are certainly natural, but let them instead motivate you to take action. Who knows, you might be looking back a year from now wondering how in the world you lost 50, 100, or even 200 pounds! That's the miracle that awaits you if you are willing to invest the time, effort and energy into livin' la vida low-carb. Of course, if you need any help along the way, I'm always available to assist you at

Put the "I don't care" attitude aside and GO FOR IT! :)

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Blogger Rob said...

Jimmy, I get where you're coming from, but we're dealing with acculturation issues that have been ingrained since birth. We learn to eat from our mothers, just as we learn language, dressing, and all other socialization skills. Because of this, what we learned to eat is buried deep in the back of our consciousness.

You noted yesterday that the ability to maintain any diet was 2-3% and this is because of acculturation. It's extremely difficult to overcome what our mothers taught us to eat. Failure of acculturation then is a very serious and difficult issue for humanity at large.

While I get your enthusiasm and concern, ranting at fat people about their failure to change their attitude is like ranting at a person from another country (or from another region of the US for that matter) to change their accent. They can, but it takes a seriously conscious effort to pull off.

It takes serious willpower, focus and discipline for anyone to overcome their early diet acculturation and live a healthy and thin life. This is why very few people will follow a zero carb path, let alone a regular restricted carb diet. I accept that and I have no desire to prosyletize the diet.

It's like the veggie thing. There is absolutely no reason to eat vegetables. None. Nada. Any reason you give is a result of your acculturation, mostly that it's what your moms taught you to eat, or society at large dictates that vegetable are healthy and wholesome.

The Zero Carb Daily

8/30/2006 12:32 PM  
Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

ah, the zero carb acculturation shield! You can use it to deflect all criticisms from any and all. There's no argument that can't be sidesteped with a zippy "that's just your acculturatation talking..." Handy thing to have around, I guess.

8/30/2006 2:16 PM  
Blogger Hellistile said...

This is not really off topic but as I was taking public transit to work, the lady across from me was so obviously unhealthy (thinning hair, fast asleep, skin problems, extremely overweight) that a phrase came into my mind: Carbohydrate Disease. This woman was in advanced stages of Carbohydrate Disease. I have no idea if she has diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, etc, etc. but she definitely has "Carbohydrate Disease" It's so obvious to me now.

8/30/2006 3:03 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I don't quite see what the problem is IB. How is it a shield? How do you explain 98% failure rate in sustaining a long term diet? What is it about acculturation that bothers you?

8/30/2006 3:39 PM  
Blogger Invisible Blogger said...

from your blog and posts, it just seems like anyone who rejects the tennants of the zero carb "path" is somehow enslaved by "acculturation" whatever that means...

8/30/2006 4:50 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

"Anyone who rejects the tennants of the zero carb "path""? It's only a dietary path, not a religous movement.

Acculturation is a very real topic. Diet, like other social skills like language is learned. You're not born speaking english, you have to learn it, and diet is the same you. You don't come out of the womb and put yourself on a breast, nor do you feed yourself as a child. Thus, diet is a learned social activity. That's why it's hard to maintain a diet no matter what type of diet you're on because you generally feel the most confortable eating what mommy told you to eat. It's no easier to learn a new language than it is to learn a new way of eating.

In my case I have some aspects of positive acculturation. I grew up eating lots of meat and my mom never made me eat vegetables. I also ate a lot of sweets and starches, but the basic foundation of a major love of meat was already laid out for me. I'm luckier than most in that regard.

8/30/2006 5:18 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...


I saw a woman on the bus today with Carbohydrate Disease. She's was morbidly obese, with a small baby who will be overweight within a few years, and was eating food from a fast food chicken place. It's so sad!


Most people regain the weight because they don't want to change. Simple as that. Sugar tastes good. I was raised (at least before the divorce) with a fairly healthy diet - a diet I rejected when I got to college and wanted to eat all the stuff I hadn't been allowed (like Lucky Charms).

8/30/2006 8:43 PM  

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