Authentic Weight Loss

“Each one should test his/her own actions” (Galatians 6:4)

In losing weight, you must be yourself. I must be myself. We must be authentic about who we are and what our overweight body looks like.

We can hide the flab with loose fitting clothes or stylish looking clothes made for plus size men or women. I used to have to buy my clothes in the “big and tall” department. They made me look better than I really looked.

I’m not saying we should be like a lot of men and women we all see at Walmart. Some have completely lost all sense of dignity and self-pride and let it all hang out.

I am saying that we must be honest with ourselves about being fat. Yes, we should dress decently out of self-respect but not out of pretense. There’s a big difference between the two.

We must believe what you see in the mirror and not tell ourselves the lie, “Well, it’s not that bad.”

Tell the truth to yourself. “Whew! I’m really fat!I’m ready to acknowledge my fatness and accept it. I am powerless over food. My life has become unmanageable.”

Such a confession to yourself and even to a trusted confidant is the first step to victory over food. It is the antithesis of co-dependency which is trying to be somebody else and trying to be somebody you’re not to impress yourself and perhaps others.

Lying to yourself by saying, “This is just the way I am. I’m really not that overweight. There are others bigger than me. They are the ones who have the real problem.” Such thinking is called rationalization.

On the other hand, authentic weight loss says, “Yes, I have a big problem.” Such self-talk is keeping the main thing the main thing and not getting sidetracked.

Another key in achieving authentic weight loss is believing that I can be OK again. Believing in yourself and believing that God will help you as you submit to His eating and exercise plan for your life are vital.

Know that it’s going to take time – maybe a year or two. Healthy weight loss is losing one to two pounds a week. So if you need to lose 100 pounds, you’re looking at a year of regular exercise and healthy eating.

You didn’t get fat over a month or two and you want reach your goal weight in a month or two regardless of the fad diets and “magic” weight loss pills that claim you can lose 30 pounds in a month. That’s not authentic body transforming weight reduction.

Here’s an example of what authentic means taken from my years as an 8th grade teacher.

One summer, we were required to take a week long course on “Authentic Assessment” that met four hours a day. Of course, we weren’t paid for our time and never matter what our summer plans might have been for that week. It was mandated! But at least we received staff development units that helped meet our yearly quota.

Before “Authentic Assessment” (AA) arrived from the educational bureaucrats, we assessed students’ grades as has been done for decades. We gave true/false, multiple choice, matching, fill in the blanks, and discussion tests. These are called “objective tests” that measure knowledge and comprehension of a student’s mastery of the subject matter.

After the AA course, we had to add AA to objective testing to determine a student’s grade. Here’s an example of how it’s done.

Suppose I was rich and lived in New York City and hired a chauffeur to drive me through the clogged streets of that city. And suppose that I had a choice of which chauffeur to hire.

I could choose a chauffeur who passed the driving portion (AA) of the chauffer’s license test but failed the written, objective portion. Or, I could hire someone who failed the driving portion and passed the written portion.

Who would I choose? I would choose the driver who most directly demonstrated the authentic ability to drive. That is, the one who passed the driving portion of the test. However, I would prefer a driver who passed both sections. I would feel more comfortable knowing that my chauffeur had a good knowledge base about driving (which might best be assessed in a traditional objective test) and then was able to apply that knowledge in the real context of driving (authentic assessment).

It’s like a football player. He might know the playbook backwards and forwards. But, suppose that he can’t implement the plays in the playbook. He can’t execute. A football player has to both know the plays and have the ability to successfully implement those plays in a game.And so it is with weight loss. We can know how to eat healthy, nutritious food. We can know to avoid sugar and starchy carbs. We can know the benefits of intermittent fasting. We can know about broccoli, kale, spinach, and other healthy vegetables. We can know to eat four ounces of lean protein. But, implementing our knowledge of healthy food on a consistent basis is a different matter.

After all, we have our emotions. appetite, food pushers. the ubiquitous processed and fast food commercials and restaurants on every corner that often make implementing what we know about food very difficult.

Yes, it can be difficult to say “No.” But. we must be authentic and practice what we know about food to achieve authentic weight loss.

Biblically, it’s like the parable of the talents in Matthew 15. One servant took his talent that the king gave him and buried it. The others returned returned their talents to the king with much more than they received. They were shrewd with what was given them.

That one unprofitable servant returned to the king only what he had received. This man was severely chastised for not implementing what he received because he didn’t make it increase.

So. the king practiced authentic assessment in grading those to whom he had given a portion of his wealth. It wasn’t enough to know how to increase the money they had received. They had to implement their gift to make it increase.

Likewise, it’s not enough to know how to lose weight, we must implement what we know. That’s authentic weight loss. When weight loss occurs, we feel better physically. We feel better emotionally. And, we look better. That’s what authentic weight loss does for us.

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Thanks for reading.

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