Lies We Fat People Say: I’ve Tried Every Diet and Nothing Works

Oct 19, 2012 18:146 years ago

By Pete Thomas

Pete Thomas Radio TourFat people are notorious liars. Now, before you get upset and tell me, “everyone lies about something,” let me explain. Of course, everyone is untruthful at some point in their lives. But most people lie to OTHER PEOPLE. We fat people are notorious SELF-DECEIVERS when it comes to our weight, nutrition habits, and other health issues.

I’ve tried Everything!
One lie fat people commonly tell is “I’ve tried all these diets and they just don’t work for me.” And there is some truth to it – most of us really have dabbled in three, four, five different programs, and not seen lasting weight loss. The truth is, a lot of people don’t really work at these diets or follow the principles of these plans long enough to reap any benefit.

Stick with the RIGHT Plan
I don’t agree with the principles of a lot of diet plans, but many of them will work for a short time if you follow their instructions. You may have to do something crazy like quit eating all of your favorite foods or learn a new dance craze or buy some specially packaged meals, but you will lose some weight. However, most people quit once they become uncomfortable or have to start putting in some effort.

You CAN Lose the Weight!
The principles contained in my new book, “Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever,” (available now from your local bookstore or come from a 10-week weight loss class I’ve been teaching for five years now. (Well, first I employed them on myself to keep my own weight off -- for over seven years now). So I’ve seen hundreds of people lose thousands of combined pounds, and keep it off for good. How do I know it’s long-term loss? Many of my students come back and help me teach the class.

So when one of my students told me she was quitting the class because it wasn’t “working for her,” I was skeptical. She had gone to a total of three classes, and hadn’t done the homework I’d assigned for any of the classes. She went on to have bariatric surgery and reported on social media that “Pete’s class didn’t work.”

She was what I call a “You Do It For Me” dieter, because she didn’t want to put in any effort. She wanted someone to wave a magic wand over her so she would magically lose all her weight. Well guess what? She’s still going to have to live by some set of new principles after surgery, or she’s going to gain it back. So I suspect I’ll hear from her again, talking about “how can I reduce my daily calories without giving up the foods I like?” That’s one of the things my program teaches.

It would have been safer and more satisfying if she had just stuck with it long enough to see a lasting change – the first time.

You can read more about how to establish “Forever Habits” in my new book, Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever.

So get informed, be confident, and start moving forward for a lifelong journey of health and purpose.

And remember, There’s a Winner Within You!


Have you ever given up on your weight loss goal before seeing results? Do you think your plan failed you or you failed your plan? Please share your comment below!


Decide today, right now, to keep going even when it gets tough. Gather a team around you and give them permission to help hold you accountable to the plan you’ve laid out.

  • Dec 30, 2012 15:335 years ago


    I keep trying and keep giving up. I'm 37 now and want to lose 100 lbs before I'm 40. ??? I want to enjoy being in photographs again??

  • Oct 19, 2012 20:136 years ago


    Many times.