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Can Self-Hatred Make you GAIN Weight?

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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How I Overcame Self-Hatred and Lost 100+ lbs

I was born in the Deep South, in Mobile, Alabama, also known as the Azalea City because of the vibrant landscapes colored by these beautiful flowers. I had been adopted away from an abusive family situation, and had almost died twice as a toddler. 

I grew up on a small, dirt road in the country, and my family had few resources, so college was seemingly not an option. I had no connections, no education, few positive role models, and making matters worse, my self-esteem had been crushed through years of secreted childhood bullying and abuses, which would take me decades to overcome. What I remember the most about my childhood is constant fear -- and "good" food.

I was raised in a culture of quietly "polite" judgments: a pressure-cooker of seething hatred, prejudice, violence and ignorance. But hey, the catfish and fried chicken were amazing! 

I was never really taught about healthy eating. To the contrary, my cultural inheritance was learning to "treat yourself" at "special occasions" by gorging on every horribly delicious food you could imagine. 

I don't want to get into the greasy, buttery, deep-fried, fatty, sugary, meaty, barbecued details here, but let's just say if gluttony really is the second deadly sin, then I knew a lot of people on their way to hell. 

With no knowledge of positive psychology, real foods or healthy lifestyles, time took its toll on me, and the invincibility of my youth diminished as my gut and waist-line expanded.

Much later in life, I found myself living (dying) in a suburban basement, like a hunchback shut-in, not leaving for months at a time because of embarrassment and chronic pain. It was really bad, and sad. I had no one to help me with my plight. I cried out for help to those closest to me, but my pleading was met with cold detachment and uncaring. 

There was a time when I was really worried and afraid that I was going to die, because I was so unhealthy. I could not even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I was truly and frighteningly, unwell. I was on my own and I was debilitated. I felt old and tired, and I could see the grave rapidly approaching. 

My body had become an entombment of fat covering the pain and loneliness of a broken heart and spirit. Hope and life seemed very distant.

But there was something still in me; a dream I had always dreamt of living a beautiful life. I had a calling in my heart; a great calling for a great work. But, to carry out my calling I would need strength and vitality, both things that seemed so far away. I longed to be free of the bodily pain, stiffness and decrepitude. 

I remember when I was just a little boy running around barefoot on a dirt road in the middle-of-nowhere, Alabama. I may have been a hick, but I could run! At dusk, often on my way home, I'd run bare-foot through a five acre field of dew-covered grass. I was running wildly on the tips of my toes with such speed, that all I could hear was the loud winds blowing in my ears. I felt like Mercury, or an Indian brave, and my energy seemed inexhaustible. I could run like the wind; feeling my power rushing through me. I wanted that joyous, youthful vigor and spring back.

One of the first steps to achieving wellness for me, was learning humility. To abuse the gift of life and one’s own precious body is a form of extreme arrogance and self-hatred. So one of the keys for me was reacquainting myself with the beautiful gifts that exist, for those who have respect, gratitude and appreciation for all that is available to heal and sustain our bodies. 

I also made a very deliberate decision to live life with health and vigor. I decided I wanted the energy and vitality to do and experience all of the wondrous things in life that are available to all people. I wanted the strength and stamina to lead a life of activity, exploration and true excellence. Ultimately it came down to my deciding whether I wanted to advance toward the grave in a state of decrepit stupor, or rise and advance in life as a fresh, vital being, full of youthful energy and joy.

In my quest for understanding, I realized something very important one day. That the human body is an unfathomable and miraculous microcosm of divine order. The intelligence, complexity and order of even a single cell rivals that of a large modern city. Our bodies love us! Just think about it. The universe within--your trillions of cells all cooperate in a grand orchestration to serve and heal you. Your cells work around the clock in total unison and harmony cleaning, repairing, restoring and nourishing your entire physical being. Every person’s body wants nothing more than to cooperate with them in achieving optimal health. 

But I realized that I was at WAR with my OWN body. 

I was waging a terrible war of violence against my body by bombarding it with stress, toxic environments, lack of sleep, and the most terrible and dreadful toxic foods known to man, otherwise known as, the modern American diet and lifestyle. 

When you are obese, you are chronically diseased and you are moving toward the grave at a rapid pace. My body had become completely addicted to heavy greases, oils, animal fats, highly refined carbohydrates, sugars, salts and an endless array of toxic chemicals. All of these self-inflicted bodily assaults kept my body's own rescue and repair mechanisms overloaded and unable to keep up with my deteriorating state.

I discovered that simply by getting out of my own body’s way, and letting it do its job, and cooperating with my body, IT would heal itself from the dreadfully debilitating sickness of obesity. To lose weight, I did very little outside of gentle and peaceful cooperation with the inherent wisdom and intelligence of my own body. 

Through meditation and gentle cooperation, the body will heal itself with little or no effort. When we are at peace with ourselves, the total expression of that true peace includes our outer being, our body. Losing weight and being healthy is so simple and easy. Your goal should never be weight-loss, but rather to have true health and respect for the gift of life.

I know intimately the deep struggles and perseverance it takes to reclaim your health, because I have been there. This is not theoretical for me. I have personally lost over 100 pounds and shrank my waist from a size 48/50" to 30". 

I freed myself from all medications and healed all of my dis-eases: extreme obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, bad cholesterol, extreme acid reflux, candida, stiffness, glaucoma, arthritis, bursitis, knee and joint pain, gout, angina, insomnia, breathlessness, fatigue, chronic back problems, post nasal drip and sleep apnea. 

I believe I have extended my life by decades, reversing my heart condition, and clearing my arteries. I healed myself with totally natural methods, and I now have the energy, vitality, stamina and flexibility of a healthy twenty-year old.

It is never too late to love yourself again. Don't give up. You can accomplish almost anything, if you really want it.

What one person can do, another can do. You can reclaim your life and get back on track to becoming your full potential. Let me be your proof that it is possible. Start educating yourself and learn how to take proper care of yourself through self-love. 

I will be here to support you with the best information I can provide, to help you on your journey. The unification of the mind, spirit and body is the triad of focus that gives one the clarity and resolve to deliver. I have used these, and many other techniques to completely transform my body and my life. 

My strength, vitality and health are important parts of my secret to how I live a life of activity, exploration and creative excellence. 

And now, it's your turn!

Published November 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM
About Bryant McGill

Bryant McGill is a best-selling author, speaker and activist in the fields of self-development, personal freedom and human rights. He is an iconic personality and cultural critic, whose writings have reached millions of people and appeared in thousands of works by other authors, educators and social leaders. His writings on values have been featured alongside Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa at the prestigious Foundation for a Better Life, who has called McGill one of “the brightest minds in human history.” In an official Congressional commendation, the nation’s leaders applauded McGill’s, “highly commendable life’s work,” as an Ambassador of Goodwill. He is the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated, Goodwill Treaty for World Peace. His prolific writings have been published in over 90 books and translated into 15 languages by publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Random House, HarperCollins, McGraw Hill, Writer's Digest and UNESCO. McGill is a sought after workshop leader, and a speaker who has delivered speeches with diverse groups, from the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and Chief of the LAPD, to the United Nations, with Dr. Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and the UN Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs.

McGill has appeared on prime-time network television such as ABC, CBS, NBC, VH1, ESPN and BRAVO, and his message continues to be heard on satellite and major market radio stations. Bryant was the front-page cover story of the WALL STREET JOURNAL relating to his expertise with social media, and protecting people from identity theft and cyber-bulling. His writings and tools are used as part of the curriculum at the university level, have appeared in Psychology Today Magazine, and have received positive reviews from professors at Columbia, Stanford and NYU. Bryant's writings have appeared in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul series by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. McGill is on a quest to prove that life is still beautiful, and that all people have the power to have a better life and world — NOW.

Bryant's writings and "Simple Reminders" can be found on-line at,,,,,, and currently runs a private life and wellness coaching practice in Beverly Hills. Bryant is partnered with the global-leader in transformation empowerment,, and together they are taking his inspirational message of POSSIBILITY to international audiences, along side industry-leading experts such as Bill Clinton, Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins.


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by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM
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by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:38 PM
He is an amazing writer.

I can relate to what he was saying about the deep south and food. I've struggled in the past 2 years to change my way of thinking about cooking and eating. Growing up in the south, you learn from your family. The fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, the veggies with bacon grease in them, grits, etc. It's all hardwired into your brain.

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Quoting CrazedMomof2:


by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM
He is an amazing writer.

I can relate to what he was saying about the deep south and food. I've struggled in the past 2 years to change my way of thinking about cooking and eating. Growing up in the south, you learn from your family. The fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, the veggies with bacon grease in them, grits, etc. It's all hardwired into your brain.

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by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:03 AM

Wow...very inspiring.  What a great author!  Thanks for sharing:)

by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Thanks for sharing

by Silver Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Thanks great story!!

by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Quite a story.

by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Very interesting read.

by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM

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