Ever since I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I have less patience with people who complain that a diet is just too hard to stick to. Or that just can’t seem to give up their favorite foods. Or their willpower just isn’t strong enough. They are unhappily overweight, but can’t make the necessary changes to better themselves.
If you want to lose weight, think like a celiac.
And I don’t mean you should go on a gluten-free diet. Going gluten free does not guarantee weight loss. But what you need to do is mentally submerse yourself in our lifestyle and you will lose weight.
See, when you have celiac disease, eating certain foods IS NO LONGER A CHOICE. If we continue to eat foods that are poison to our system, we can die. Plain and simple (and quite dramatic!)
You need to have that same mentality regarding foods that are unhealthy; foods that are causing you to gain weight. While the foods may not exactly be “poison” to your body, in essence, they are killing you.
I know it’s easier said than done. If I did not have celiac disease and wanted to lose some weight, and somebody told me I should give up bagels and beer, I’d fight it tooth and nail. “I enjoy them too much,” I would have said. “There must be an easier way.” (Of course that’s one of human nature’s problems…we are always looking for shortcuts to our solutions.)
But if you change the words “should give up” to “must give up”, it changes everything. Once you realize you “can’t” have something, you’re whole thought process begins to change and before you know it, you realize that you can indeed survive without your favorite foods.
Is it easy? Hell no. Do I still miss bagels and beer five years later? Sometimes. But it’s amazing how our bodies and our minds were built to adapt. And before you know it, you will be saying no to foods that you once couldn’t imagine living without.
So the next time you are at a birthday party, and somebody offers you a piece of your favorite cake, you CAN’T have it.
When you’re going for that piece of pizza, you CAN’T have it.
When everyone at the dinner table is ordering ice cream sundaes for dessert, you CAN’T have it.
And then one day you’ll wake up, you’ll hear the bacon sizzling downstairs, and you’ll realize that you just don’t WANT it. And that will be a great day!