Ladies, if You Want to be Happy, Lose 50 Pounds or More
I chose to be 35 pounds overweight for 15 years. I say chose because not once in my life have I ever accidentally eaten anything. — Zig Ziglar
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend recently. I don’t know what to call it; maybe fat is beautiful, love yourself just the way you are, or obese people have feelings, too? I know that it’s an attempt to block out thin female images in magazines and other media that young girls want to emulate. For the last several years, girls and young women have binged and purged or starved themselves, hoping to look like supermodels. Physicians see alarming numbers of these girls in their medical practices.
Women complained that they wanted to see fashion magazines with women that looked like themselves, so now we are celebrating obesity. One TV commercial shows a young woman pulling up her shapewear to contain her rolls of fat. Big models are in vogue these days.
The UK doesn’t want to offend any fat people, so they came up with the euphemism metabolic overachiever. Get honest with yourselves, ladies. Obesity is not beautiful. You can change the name to whatever you want, but it’s still fat. It’s not healthy. Your heart has to work harder for every pound of fat you wear.
I’m tall, 5' 10", or at least I used to be. The advantage of being tall is there’s more surface to spread the fat. I sometimes bought clothing from an online retailer geared toward tall women of healthy weight, not too fat and not too skinny. Recently, they changed to pear-shaped heavy models. I’m not going to buy that pair of jeans and blouse if that’s what I’m going to look like.
I want to lose 10 or 15 pounds. You want to know how I got 10 or 15 pounds overweight? Eating ice cream, cookies, and too many carbs in general. Lack of exercise helped, too. That’s what turned me into a metabolic overachiever. It’s time to lose that weight.
This is tough love, ladies, and that doesn’t mean love your fat. Love yourself enough to become the healthiest you. As Zig Ziglar said, he never accidentally ate anything. Neither have I, and neither have you. When you live in a country where food is plentiful, you don’t realize how little we need to eat to sustain ourselves. Let’s love ourselves enough to exercise and eat right.
I’m expecting some criticism over the photo I used for this article because the women are black. I couldn’t find one that showed white metabolic overachievers. Yes, there are plenty of fat white women in the world. I’m not trying to be racist, suggesting that only black women eat too much.
Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker