There, even with the grace of God, go I.
Week after week Libby didn’t lose weight, despite the frequent weight loss meetings, despite a lot of talks with good friends, despite all her desire to lose weight. In fact, she gained 9 pounds. “ I was good this week, she opined. I stuck to my diet.” How could that be?
It couldn’t be. If Libby stuck to her diet week after week, like she claimed, she would have lost some weight. Average weight loss is about a pound to a pound and a half a week. You might suspect that Libby was lying, outright maybe, or deluding herself, or just plain not aware. It was probably lying. That’s what women who weigh too much do. They lie to themselves about how much they eat.
It’s hard to confirm any of this, especially if the person says how well she is keeping to her diet. In fact, it’s hard to say right to someone’s face, you liar you. But it’s like you’re in a hailstorm where pellet-sized ice rocks are hitting you on the head, and you are being told it isn’t so.
The truth is that Libby violated her diet easily and often. There were whole weeks when Libby said she ate only one or two meals a day. This was one of her ways of dieting off her diet. She had shifted from portion control to number-of-meals control. She tried cutting her portions and being more selective about what she ate, but she couldn’t stick to that regimen.
What’s with Libby’s lying? Women who have weight to lose make lots of excuses for why they aren’t losing weight. But they also tell outright lies, just like Libby.