A follower just asked me, “Should I use laxatives?”
She asked that I send my answer privately, so I did, but I’d like to copy and paste my response here in case other followers are wondering the same thing:
“The only weight laxatives cause you to lose is the weight of the poop in your intestines. Laxatives basically make you poop a lot, and since that poop is no longer in your body, you weigh less. But do they make you lose real weight? Absolutely not. As soon as you eat again, you’ll have food and waste in your digestive tract again and your weight will go right back to where it was before you took the laxatives.
If you are having trouble finding time to workout, I’d recommend focusing on healthy eating instead. If you eat right, you’ll lose real weight — and you won’t spend your day on the toilet, either.”
I’m writing a blog about food expiration dates. I was on a stock photo site searching for “bad food” and I found a few images that were too majestic not to share. Enjoy.
Submission: Feeling Hopeless About Weightloss
Submission: hi, i need help…i feel like i’m on the verge of a mental breakdown. i feel helpless. i weight the most i’ve ever weighed in my entire life. ive gained about 15lbs since i started dating my boyfriend last summer. i was trying to lose weight (unsuccessfully) before i met him, and now that i have 15 more pounds to lose on top of the 20lbs i wanted to lose before, i feel hopeless. i feel like a slob. i know my boyfriend loves the way i look, but i can’t help but feel unattractive to him. i just feel lost. i dont know where to start to lose this weight. i’m not losing it for him…i wanted to lose weight before i met him. but now weighing 25lbs more than my boyfriend makes me selfconscious. i just dont know how to lose weight and i get too easily discouraged. and i just can’t stop eating the foods that i love, that i know are bad for me. please help. i’m at my wit’s end.
Answer: Hey friend. First of all, stop for a second and take a deep breath. Remember that your weight is only one facet of who you are and only one aspect of your life. It’s okay to want to change it, but don’t let it consume you. Take the pressure off yourself a bit and realize that even though you may not like this one thing about yourself and your life, there are still a million things you do like (your loving boyfriend, for example). You know, just get a little perspective and that hopeless feeling won’t be as strong.
Okay, onto the weight loss.
When people tell me they don’t know where to start, or that they’re feeling overwhelmed, I always make this recommendation: just change one thing. Think about your habits, and pick one specific one that you know isn’t helping you lose weight. For example, if you drink soda with every meal, you can start there. Make a goal that’s specific, measurable and achievable like, “This week, I will only drink soda with half my meals, and I’ll drink water with the other half.” Make a goal that you can think of and say to yourself, “Yeah, I can totally do that.” Then do it. For a week, for two weeks, for however long it takes you to feel comfortable and ready to move on. Then make another goal (while still practicing your first). Keep adding small, measurable goals, keep meeting them, and keep making more. After a month or too you’ll be amazed at how much your lifestyle has changed.
I think this is the best approach to take when you’re feeling hopeless. It’s easy to feel hopeless when you feel like there’s this huge goal that you have no idea how to achieve — but if you break it down into smaller goals, your attitude starts to become a lot more positive and with each goal you achieve you get more confident and more determined.
I just stumbled upon this and I thought I’d share — it’s a photo chart showing real bodies at different heights and weights.
I think a lot of us make unrealistic goals, or have trouble visualizing our current or goal weights, so I thought this would be a great tool to share.
When I checked out some of the photos near my height/weight I definitely had a “these bodies are nice, therefore my body is nice” reaction. I hope it gives you guys some positive reinforcement too.