The so called ‘Fat Tax’ is something I have thought about a great deal but when it comes round to actually writing about it I just always have something else I want to get off my chest. However, I really feel that, along with ditching the diet and thinking positively that this is one of the most important things that you need to learn if you are ever going to shift your excess pounds and inches and make the move to permanent weight loss. I am sorry if this is a home truth too far but it has to be said; YOU are the only one responsible for your weight, your diet and your health. So, stop handing over your power, your accountability and the responsibility to the latest fad diet or local diet club and in particular, the government.
You may think that by joining a club or slimming with a friend you are doing yourself a favour. It’s often cited isn’t it that having a slimming buddy will help to keep you motivated. Well, I’m sorry, but if that’s what motivates you, it is not going to last. Your motivation has to come from within you. You have to be the reason that you are doing this and you have to take responsibility for your own decisions and journey.
How old are you?
Weight loss groups make us regress to being children. We hide the fact that we didn’t do what we were supposed to and we make excuses for why we didn’t do as we were told. We use words and phrases like ‘being naughty’ (apart from with food, how old were you the last time you were ‘naughty’?) and we expect to get ‘told off’ for the fact we ate something we shouldn’t have. We fear the repercussions when we stand on the scales and we are rewarded with shiny stickers when we do well.
And then there is the suggested fat-tax. Adding more money to food that the government considers bad for you. Will you really hand over your food decision-making to the government? Well, if you’ve ever been a smoker, or if you know a smoker, you will know that increasing prices and taxes on tobacco doesn‘t prevent your bad habit. It is universally accepted, including amongst health professionals, that to give up smoking, the smoker has to be the one to make the decision. Well that’s also true of healthy eating and weight loss. Increasing the price of food will simply increase people’s weekly shopping bill and penalise those who can’t afford it. (In fact the best answer is to subsidise or reduce the price of fruit and veg – but that’s another blog post!)
You have to change your beliefs around your abilities, your identity and your likes and dislikes. You need to shift your thinking to one where you want to nourish your body and give it the best food you can, coming to your own conclusions about the kinds of food you want to eat or not. Only you can do it, although there is help out there.
If you would be interested in a chat to see if I can help then please get in touch. Alternatively you can leave me a comment below and tell me your thoughts or experiences and if I’ve touched a nerve.