Friday, February 04, 2005

 

Weight Gain and Bad Eating Habits Means Cheating Yourself

How would you react if somebody broke into your house and stole your TV?

Would you be mad? Of course you would!

Now let me give you a slightly different example. Suppose someone robs you of your happiness? For instance, suppose your best friend runs off with your fiancé? Or suppose you discover that your husband has been having an affair with your neighbour. How would you feel then?

You’d be pretty upset and angry, wouldn’t you? Of course you would: so would any of us.

Why? Because no one likes to be cheated. No one likes to have their happiness taken away.
However, even though we hate being cheated like this by others, we’re quite happy to cheat ourselves. In fact, we abuse ourselves all the time, without batting an eyelid.

For example, have you ever stopped to think about how miserable we make ourselves, by eating junk food? I mean, take crisps, for instance. According to recent figures, roughly 8 billion packets of crisps are eaten in the UK every year. That’s about three packets a week for every man woman and child.

What’s more, we don’t just eat lots of crisps: we also eat lots of biscuits, cakes, chocolate, pastries, coleslaw, ice cream, burgers, sausages, chips, fried onions and other high-fat junk. Result? We develop fat thighs, fat bottoms, fat necks and double-chins.

Do you eat this sort of stuff? If so, let me ask you something. Do you enjoy wearing crisps on your chin, when you go shopping? Do you enjoy wearing cream cakes on your neck, when you go to Mass? Do you like wearing bars of chocolate and tubs of coleslaw on your bottom, when you get into the bath? Do you enjoy wearing a cheeseburger on your face, when you walk into the pub?

If the answer is Yes, then good luck to you. If the answer is No, then why not try a different approach?

Instead of making yourself miserable by eating junk and getting fat, why not start eating a bit more sensibly? You don’t have to start a crash diet or give up anything for good. Just take a break from some of your bad eating habits and try to develop a few good ones, instead.

There are lots of tasty alternatives to junk food, which are far less fattening. Remember, a huge plateful of chicken fillets, boiled potatoes, carrots, broccoli and turnip is less fattening than one large sausage roll. And one chocolate digestive biscuit contains more fat than 45 low-fat yogurts.

The point is: your happiness is too precious to waste so why pour it down the drain by getting fat? Why go on abusing yourself? OK, you may not mind being a bit plump at 30 but, take it from me, being 3 stone overweight at 40 is no fun at all.

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