It’s No Secret: Losing Weight Is Tough
Losing weight is not an easy task. There is a reason that many people find losing weight to be a very hard task, however, a lot of it might be down to approach rather than the possibility of actually losing the weight you want/need to lose. About 80% of people who are trying to lose weight are struggling to do so. The reasons why are virtually endless, but some of the most common reasons why it so hard includes the following:
- There Are No “Quick Fixes”: Losing weight is not an overnight phenomenon. It’s not something you wake up one day and just “miraculously do”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Quite the opposite, actually. Losing about 1/2 to 1 pound and maybe up to 2 pounds at most per week is the best place for most people to lose weight at. Unfortunately, many people are not very patient when it comes to committing to doing something for the long term and many derail after just a few days if not a few weeks at best. If you are not willing to stick with losing weight you likely will never lose a significant amount of weight.
- Whole Foods Are Expensive: Many people rely on highly processed foods that are less expensive to help fill out their diet. In reality, however, these foods are doing a lot of the sabotaging to your diet, even if you may not realize it. Many of these foods are high in calories and low in nutrients. These foods pile up the calories without providing the nutrients your body needs. As a result, these excess calories are stored as fat and this can pile up the extra pounds, fast! Eating whole foods is expensive and not always the easiest way to eat as it takes cooking and preparation time that many people don’t bother with, even if it will help them shed the pounds.
- You Have to Exercise, Regularly: Exercise is a vital part of weight loss. It’s recommended that you get up and move for at least 30 minutes per day (60 minutes is better when possible) 5-6 times per week. Many people view exercise as a necessary misery rather than something they look forward to and needless to say they don’t do it on a regular basis. However, outeating a bad diet is not an option either. It’s a hand-in-hand commitment if you want to lose weight and keep it off in the long run.
- Strength Training Helps: While pounding the pavement for an hour a day or hitting the elliptical or bike or treadmill are great ways to help lose weight, strength training can play a vital role in the weight-loss recipe. Strength training such as weight lifting or body-weight exercises (pushups, situps, squats, etc.) for at least 30 minutes 3-4 times per week is a great way to burn fat and build muscle at the same time. It can speed up any weight loss program. While you may not directly lose pounds through strength training, shedding body fat and replacing that with muscle will be vital to helping avoid certain ailments such as cardiovascular diseases.
- Excuses Are Easy to Make: It’s a human thing to want to make excuses when something is hard and takes commitment. Same with weight loss. The reasons to not eat right, the reason to splurge on junk food, or the reason to not go to the gym or work out are endless. People make these excuses and their weight loss plan generally will fail.
- Fear of Failure: Many people are afraid that they don’t have what it takes to lose the weight so they never end up trying. Fear of failure sparks the lack of effort which ruins the person’s will to try.
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David Michael Gilbertson is the founder and president of 3 Elements Lifestyle, LLC., a Fitness and Weight Loss company that specializes in YOU!. With more than 15 years of experience owning, operating and managing clubs of all sizes, David lectures, delivers seminars and gives workshops on the practical skills required to successfully help you with your health and fitness goals. David also helps you build the teamwork, management, and training necessary to open your own fitness center. For more information on Licensing and Consulting Services Visit his Web site at: www.3elementslifestyle.com or email at email@example.com or call 805.499.3030