The Top 7 Excuses for Not Eating Well (How Many Have You Used?)

Dieting excuses are like snowflakes – they’re all different and they all melt the moment you turn up the heat on them.

With little trouble I’ve compiled seven common excuses for not eating well. How many have you used to hold off on mapping out a healthy eating regimen?


I love good food!

The person who uses this excuse is the same person who equates dieting with deprivation. The word DIET is a noun for the food we eat. It’s not supposed to be a verb that means we need to actively cut things out of our menu. Good food will keep you on a weight loss plan. More than likely, it’s your portions that kill your diet and not the foods you eat. So cut back, don’t cut out!


I have tried dieting so many times and I’m always failing!

You may have tried a diet – or maybe even 10 – but you haven’t tried changing all the factors that caused you to gain weight. The food we eat is only one of many issues. You need to also look at your habits such as your lack of activity and the way you deal with emotions.


I can’t work when I am starving!

You fill UP not OUT on good foods. And your brain will actually work better when it doesn’t have all kinds of junk like preservatives and saturated fat coursing through it. It’s really a no-brainer. A good diet will make you more active and more productive, not hungry and brain dead.


My family and I always dine out on a Friday night!

Who says you can’t dine out when you diet? Variety, my friends, is the spice of life. Give that up and you doom yourself to jump ship and blow your diet. Savvy dieters know good food lurks just about everywhere. Yes, even at your favorite eatery. Just be sure to choose wisely and avoid menu items like colossal burgers or deep-fried anything! Enjoy your family night out but remember it’s meant to be a time for fun and friendship, not an excuse to pig out.


I can’t give up my beloved beer!

Again, no one ever said you need to give up a food or drink to lose weight and get healthy. If you drink beer, try cutting down or switching to light beer. That way you can burn off the extra calories with an evening stroll or some other activity. This approach also works for wine drinkers and those who prefer mixed drinks. The latter group needs to watch what they mix their favorite liquor with. If you don’t have a medical condition or drinking problem, we say CHEERS! Some studies show a drink or two actually has medicinal value. So clink glasses and drink to your health if the spirit moves you!


I travel a lot and rely on hotel or restaurant food many days.

See Excuse #4. A combination of knowledge and better eating habits will allow you to stay on track no matter where you lay your head at night. Plus most restaurants will supply nutritional information about the foods they serve. Ask for it and steer clear of heavy sauces, deep-fried foods and the hard-to-resist bread basket!


I know a lot of people who seem to be very happy carrying extra pounds so why can’t I just be happy and fat, too?

Can you be happy knowing your extra weight puts you at greater risk for a smorgasbord of medical problems including heart disease, diabetes and stroke? Can you be happy with a wardrobe that doesn’t fit, or theater and airline seats that you need to wedge yourself into? Can you be happy not being able to play with your kids or grandkids without huffing and puffing and turning a frightening shade of red? I didn’t think so.


Don’t let excuses keep you from living a happier, healthier life. Our user-friendly meal-planning program will get you on track today.



John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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