Christian Weight Loss 101.1

Losing weight has always seemed a worldly thing, but God cares about all the details of our lives.  Last week I wrote about a sermon that pushed me to treat overeating like an addiction and to turn it over to God. Here’s a progress report and the next step.

Two Simple Rules

I prayerfully decided that rather than starting my four-hundred-eighty-seventh diet, I needed to focus on just a couple of rules that attacked the addictive part of my eating habits. Yours would probably be different, but my two rules are:

  • Don’t eat junk
  • Don’t eat after dinner, except for a small (boring) protein snack if I’m hungry

 Lose 1.5 Pounds in Ten Days!!!

Yeah, that’s what I’ve lost so far. And yeah, that headline wouldn’t exactly sell a women’s magazine. I really prefer diets that give me a huge initial boost.

 Here’s the good news.

 I haven’t been hungry. I haven’t had to focus a lot on food. I’ve gone out to eat, and I’ve cooked “normal” meals, and I’ve had a glass of wine when out with friends.

The difficult time has been after dinner, but a little prayer and a focus on how I’m doing this with and for God (and publically!) have gotten me through that. True confession: I cheated once when I had to have a super early dinner. It is SO easy to rationalize that bag of microwave popcorn!


The problem now is that, with such minimal results, I’m tempted not to persevere. That’s where I have to turn to my bible. Proverbs 3: 5-6 reminds us to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”

I need to trust that God’s simple, perfect way makes more sense than all my impulses to go low carb, or rejoin Weight Watchers, or do the Oxygen magazine “Lose Ten Pounds in Three Weeks” scheme (which I’ve started umpteen times and never been able to finish).

And he is straightening out a few bends in my path. Like Halloween: since my teen daughter is too grown up to trick-or-treat, I’m taking her to a Halloween concert. For the first time in years, there’s no trick-or-treat candy lying around the house tempting me.

I’m also claiming John 15:7: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” Hey, I think I’ll ask for the body of a twenty-something . . .

porter scale

Oh, wait. I have to remain in God, and internalize his words. I have to realize that I’m not twenty-something, and that externals aren’t as important as what’s inside.

And what’s inside, with this plan, is that I feel good, and I’m not acting addictive or obsessive about food, and I’m moving toward a healthier weight. I have the energy to focus on other important things, like my daughter, my work, and my relationships.

Join me!

How about you? If you had to name only a couple of areas where you struggle with food, what would they be? Do you ever have trouble persevering with a diet?

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Kathy Payne
Thanks for this! I have been morbidly obese for many years and have also been on just about every diet there is! But for the last year things have changed. I, for health reasons, was referred by my endocrinologist to a bariatric dr. I know many consider weight loss surgery as a quick and easy fix. I assure you and everyone this is not easy! There is now so much more restrictions than with any diet I have been on. And there are consequences for cheating or even with eating some healthy foods. But, with the Lord’s help, I have… Read more »