There are many words which contributed to my weight gain, but the main ones were my own. “I Can’t.” I had tried for so long to lose weight that I just felt it must not be in my destiny to lose weight.

I’ve lost a lot of weight and I do weight loss coaching, but that’s not what I have the most experience at. What I’m an expert at is gaining weight. So here are 10 words that made me really fat. Pay attention to the ones that call your name.



We have way too much stress in our lives and not enough of the things which bring true enjoyment. We work longer hours and find ourselves doing the jobs of several people because our employer cannot afford to hire any more workers. Our stress leads to no time to interact with those we love, which adds to our stress levels. And so, we eat.


We have more conveniences and less time to enjoy them. We pack every inch of our lives with meetings, classes, appointments. On the way here and there we grab unhealthy fast-food, and then wonder why we gain weight.


We need a bigger house. Did you see Harry’s new car? That would be perfect for our growing family. We need a big screen TV downstairs. Why get a small when you could super-size that for only $1?


We are glued to chairs at work all day, and when we come home we sit in front of the television. We don’t feel we have time to exercise, join a class, take a walk or play a game of volleyball with the kids. We are tired, and yet we can’t rest.


We make more money and yet we spend more than ever before. Even though we are stressed because of hours working to make more money, we still spend more eating out for one meal than our parents did for a family of four for a week. Why? Because we can.


Pre-packaged frozen or boxed meals to whip up in minutes all have extra preservatives, sodium, sugar and a myriad of ingredients we can’t even pronounce. We fall into this trap because of lack of time. Both parents are working and cooking quick meals is necessary to get everyone fed. Surely there is a better solution, but I don’t have time to figure it out!


Everyone is delivering these days. Pizza, sub sandwiches, full meals or even drive-throughs are way too accessible for carb-laden, high fat and sugar-sodden meals which do nothing but pile on the pounds. “But we have to eat,” you say? Not that way.


Emotional eating is probably the biggest culprit in binge eating. Frustration, anger, loneliness, shame, guilt or just feeling worn-out can drag us into craving foods when we aren’t hungry. So, we eat so don’t have to deal with our feelings. We just don’t have time to fight with our emotions and get them in line.


Failed relationships, divorce, difficulties, anger, unfaithfulness, abuse, foul language, throwing things, hitting, insults, yelling, miscommunication, no communication and someone is left alone. Any extreme will cause us to run to substances to stave off the depression that ensues from feeling utterly and completely broken-hearted.


Even though any one of the words mentioned can cause us to run to food to get through the harrowing journeys of our lives, when we turn to foods which convert quickly to sugar in the blood stream, our blood sugar spikes.

This gives us a short feeling of momentary comfort. Then our sugar level quickly plummets making us want more. Like any other drug, this time we need more to get the same feeling.

One Word to Counteract the 10

We have programmed ourselves for weight gain by failing to say no to the foods which momentarily comfort us. However, there is a way through the jungle of words that have caused us to gain weight. I know because God led me through the treacherous course by giving me His grace power. Grace is the one word that counteracts all 10 when we fully understand how it works in our life.

When I totally understood that because of grace, I could simply admit my weakness and His grace power would flood my life, my life began to change. And God helped me step into total transformation. I have crazy faith to believe He will do the same for you.

Of course, you don’t want to gain weight so just don’t do what I did for years. Don’t ignore the words that are contributing to your weight gain. I can help you with that. Register today for my six-month coaching class, #KickWeight. You can put those 1o words to rest and employ the one!

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.