|Lose ten pounds in a day.
Your hospital stay.
Imagine that years from now you have visited the doctor about problems with your right foot. Your diet has been
far from perfect, but not all that bad, you tell yourself. You are overweight, but not grossly obese. But despite your
rationalizations, your doctor tells you that your diabetes has gone too far and that you have a choice, to lose your
life or lose your foot. The surgery must be conducted as soon as possible and you are admitted to the hospital
Close your eyes and count backward from 20 to one. As you count backward, relax, and release yourself to
imagine this scene.
Imagine yourself reclining in a clean hospital bed. Listen to the beeping of the machines and the chatter of the
nurses at the nurses’ station down the hall. Think of the dull ache coming from your right foot and the
incontrovertible evidence the doctor has presented that it must be removed to save your life.
Picture the things you use that foot for–driving, working, playing sports, climbing stairs. Think how difficult life will
be, even with an artificial limb. Will you ever be able to run with your children or grandchildren? Will you be able to
walk in the mountains and see the Fall colors? Will you be able to hop out of bed at night to check on a noise, or
in a worse case scenario, to protect your family?
The leg must go, but ask yourself, if you could make a deal, what sum of money would you pay to keep it? If
money could buy health, would you pay a million dollars to keep your leg? And more importantly, ask yourself
what lifestyle changes would you make to keep that leg? Is there any food that you love so much, that you would
lose your leg for it? Would you try any diet, even if sounded odd, if it allowed you to keep your leg? Think deeply
about what losing a leg means to you.
Slowly count forward from one to 20, open your eyes and leave behind this exercise.
On the back cover of this book I made the wild claim that you could lose ten pounds in a day. The way to do it is
not to diet, but to eat with abandon. Eat the foods on your favorites list without regard to the health
consequences. Become obese. Ignore your doctor’s warnings that you are becoming diabetic. Ignore your doctor’
s warnings about foot care. When your lower leg is amputated, you will lose about 6% of your weight, more than
ten pounds for a 175-pound person. But I hope you will choose a better way to lose weight.
My father was a smoker for most of his life. Nothing made him quit. That is, until the day he received his cancer
diagnosis. Without a word, he quit smoking and never smoked again. He always had the power to quit, he just
never had the motivation.
Similarly, you have the power to become fit, you just have not made it your top priority. This book will provide you
with the tools, but it cannot provide the motivation. Only you can do that. Asking yourself to imagine losing your
leg–or losing your life–because of your health decisions introduces the first important premise of this book, that is
to make health a matter of life or death before it becomes a matter of life or death.
The right time to become fit is right now. People are full of excuses about job stress, relationship stress and life
stress. If you want a time without stress to improve your fitness, it may well never happen. The Simply Fit Diet
takes no special effort. Some dietary changes are involved, but there is no counting calories, measuring portions
or preparing difficult menus. You can eat all you want, and the food choices are easy. I will not even ask you to
quit drinking alcohol or coffee! The most important decision you will make is the decision to become fit. Do not put
it off. Start now.
|Read all of Chapter 2, the source of this excerpt from The Simply Fit Diet.
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