There is a lot of talk about how we live in a fat-fostering society. You’ve heard the disturbing overview—junk food everywhere, too much leisure time spent sitting in front of computer or TV, advertising loud enough and insistent enough to get people to partake of fattening food whether they want to or not. They simply can’t help it.
Some observers go so far as to say that there can be no antidote to the obesity levels and statistics on being overweight unless there is a radical change in our culture and the way it works. This is a very victim-oriented view.
Consider the fact that not all people are obese, or even overweight. Why are they not victims of all of this harmful societal influence? And then, consider yourself. Have you ever been able to lose weight? If so, what happened to the environment then—did it change so you could do it? Or did you change something?
Some would have you believe that even if you do make behavior changes, once you are back in the same old situations—temptations everywhere, no exercise, all that—you will simply crumble and regain anything you’ve lost.
Marias’s Last Diet begs to differ. In order for behavior changes to last, they need to be real. They need to come from the inside out; they need to have come from thoughtfulness, self-reflection, a process of learning, a lot of attention paid to the psychological side of weight loss. In other words, in order to accomplish permanent weight loss, a person must go through a journey of personal change, and all that requires. The psychology research shows this to be the case.
People change all the time, in very big ways. It’s not so easy, but it’s always possible. People break attachments to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and stay quit even though all these things continue to be available, and continue to be made attractive by the world around them
Losing weight is a very personal matter, with intimate non-food issues that need to be resolved, and this is especially true for women. And that’s all there is to it.