Stress can stop your weight loss goals about as much as eatinga family size bag of Nacho chips and a 2-Liter bottle of popcan.

My approach to weight loss was in gaining my health. Losing300 pounds was not the first thing that occurred to me, butrather “what could I do to get healthy and eat right”. It wasa very strange approach given that I was obviously clinicallyobese and immediately needed some quick weight loss.

I had no idea that our body used food in a very specific manorand that we could improve our energy levels by working withthe body, not against it. There were some very specific rulesto follow, so being the good student I followed them. Itbecame a religion for me and as I preached it, I made manypeople quite crazy. I became an outcast because I had toprepare my food differently and would not eat with the gang atmeal times. My food was prepared differently, eatendifferently and eventually I even came to ask food servers touse different spatulas to flip my “veggie burger” from thegrill.

I followed the rules and I increased my energy. I began eatingbetter and my energy levels increased enough that my weightloss began and I started to become lean and healthy.

Then the stuff hit the fan

Well, it hit their fan, not mine.

Friends began to talk behind my back about wanting the old Robback. In one instance, I was held down on a couch while colawas poured into my mouth against my will. They wanted theirold funny, fat, life of the party friend back, not this healthnut with all these food rules.

I think I first became aware of being stressed about food at abirthday party I was asked to attend. It was a time ofcelebration, but do you want to know what I was thinking?

“Do I or don’t I have a piece of cake?”

“This is totally processed, unnatural food. No fiber, nowholeness and it contained sugars, lard and all kinds of othercrap”.

I had a whole bunch of thoughts about how this would affect myweight loss goals, my health and my eating habits.

I was weighing the thoughts of being socially acceptableagainst the health choice of having this one little piece ofcake. I thought about losing them as friends if I did notaccept the cake and weighed it against the impact this poorfood choice was going to have on my body. I had already lostfriends because of my food choices and I really did not wantto lose more.

I’m sure you’ve been there yourself, having to make a decisionbased on your social status vs your health. It’s a very quickthought process, but you notice that your blood pressure goesup, your heart begins to beat faster, you begin to sweat… youknow what I mean?

I ate the cake.

I felt like crap.

I felt like crap on many levels and I was stressing about thisexcessively. I felt bad that I had to make that choice in thismanner. I felt bad because the sugar was surging into myblood and I felt bad because I “thought about this way toomuch”

At some point, you need to let go of it all.

There is energy in food; in the love and people around youthat prepared the food and the circumstances in which it’seaten. Never eat a meal when you are upset or sad because youshould be enjoying the meal and taking in all the goodness inwhat the earth has brought to your body. Take in all thatgoodness and let go of all the stress.

Eat naturally as much as you can and increase the amount ofwhole foods in your diet. Make a choice to remove processedfoods and beverages such as cola’s, fruit juices, coffee andtraditional teas. Eat with a smile on your face and givethanks to everyone involved in bringing the meal, thenutrition and that energy into your body.

Then when the time is right, have fun and enjoy the healthyou’ve created.

There was a very dramatic shift in my life, my health and myweight loss when I made the choice to enjoy some foods again.I began to break my own rules and live my life. I began tohave fun with food and fun came back into my life.

Let go.

Rob Cooper shares the secrets to his 300 pound fat loss so thatyou too can lose weight, get and remain healthy. Subscribe to hisnewsletter for simple, effective tips.

Author's Bio: 

Once weighing almost 500 pounds, Rob nearly died at age 22 but began a program of natural health and went on to drop almost 300 pounds of fat. At his lowest weight of 187, Rob began weight training and in years since has put on over 50 pounds of lean muscle. Rob is inspired by various fitness, bodybuilding & nutrition experts and models their behavior to remain motivated and facilitate quicker results in his fitness and nutrition efforts.