Why losing weight can be so difficult!
Posted on 21st May 2018 at 11:03
It’s perceived as the easiest thing in the world.
All you have to do is create a calorie deficit.
Eat fewer calories than you burn and you can watch the weight fall off.
That’s it? Is it really that simple?
Wow it does sound easy! But if it’s that easy why isn’t everyone walking around with a low body fat percentage, abs and the ability to run a 5K at the drop off a hat?
As trainers we always aim to show you that the process is an easy one. Why would you sign up to something that was difficult? Nobody wants to be seen struggling.
Hey come and spend the next 12 weeks wondering why your legs ache every session and why all of a sudden every meal you eat is criticised for being ‘weird’ by your work colleagues.
Sound like fun?…
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Truth of the matter is that although the process on paper is an easy one.
Eating less than you burn or burning more than you eat, whichever works for you, pretty much the same thing but some like the sound of the latter when its written down!
It’s the doing it that takes the effort. For some it will come easily, they can change their eating habits straight away and of a sudden they’re 4lbs lighter. Whereas others will need to take a step by step approach, changing little things every couple of weeks or so, until they’ve built a productive routine. But it’s obviously a longer process and one that takes more willpower to stay with.
This is where the issue lies.
Let’s take 2 people, both with the goal of weight loss, they have their calorie deficit set out, they have their training routine in place. Time to start seeing progress.
Now one of them hits their calories perfectly each day (very rarely happens, but just for argument’s sake, let’s go along with it). They have adapted their routine almost instantly and obviously find it easy to stick to.
The other finds hitting calories a struggle, and has to put in more work to gradually build to the set calorie amount.
Quick note: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the latter approach, it will end in the same result but takes longer and requires a bigger mindset change. So don’t become disheartened if this is you.
What ends up happening is that person 1 loses weight straight from the get go. They’re loving life, posting pictures of their transformation, regularly receiving lots of compliments from friends and family. A few weeks/months later and they’ve hit their goal and sitting on the beach with confidence.
It’s the perfect scenario.
But person 2 has spent the last few weeks working hard on their routine and making it consistent.
They are now losing weight and happy that they are seeing progress. However they’ve also had to spend the last few weeks seeing positive updates from person 1, on how well things are going, how easily the weight has fallen off them etc.
Wondering why this isn’t happening to them or why is it so easy for that person whilst I’m stuck here not seeing anything change?
This requires so much willpower to ‘trust the process’ and stick with it. Making the whole weight loss journey so much more challenging. Hence why so many give up or permanently ‘fall off the wagon’.
Whilst I’d like to sit here and tell you this was the only challenge (seeing how ‘easy’ it is for some), I can’t.
So I’ll briefly go through some of the other factors that make you question whether weight loss is actually worth it.
1. Eating at work
You start eating more healthy, swapping out fizzy drinks for water and bringing in your chicken salads instead of heading to the office cake tray. Good start. Then your colleagues start to notice, they make comments or question your eating habits. You’re either eating ‘strange foods’ like sweet potato (actually a remark made from a colleague of my client), not enough, or at unusual times of the day.
It starts to annoy you, making work more stressful than normal! Fantastic, just what you wanted on a Monday! You can either ignore and stick to your guns or try to explain the reasoning behind it (this usually leads to more questioning of your habits). The choice is yours.
2. Social events
Depending on your outlook, you can either factor these into your routine (the best option).
You can review the menu beforehand and make food choices accordingly (another good option, but comes with comments from others) or you can be the ‘bring your own food’ person (usually reserved for the die-hard, or those deep in preparation for competition, also comes with comments)
3. Social Media
Your losing weight or planning to, so you start following all the ‘fitness personalities’, if they inspire you, then that’s great. However, what normally happens is that you’re bombarded with pointless products (fat burners etc) and photoshopped images of perfect people.
Not so great if you look in the mirror and start comparing. But what do you do? Stop following everyone and become a hermit for however long it takes for you reach your target? Or do you follow a select amount of these people who you can pick and choose ideas from? Providing you can differentiate between the good and the bad.
4. Results aren’t quick enough.
Results don’t happen overnight (for anyone), there is no special pill or supplement. You won’t be where you need to be in 4 weeks. Prepare to be hungry, to make sacrifices, to be tired, to leave the gym sweating, looking a mess. It isn’t pretty, but if you can stick with it, it’s worth it!
Losing weight is a simple process when everything falls into place, but depending on your starting point or your past experiences. You may have to work backwards to move forwards, or make more changes to habits before you see any real progress. So don’t go into it without a plan, it may not work first time around or you may need outside help, but eventually you’ll succeed and you’ll be all the better for it! Hopefully this has put things into perspective for you. Don’t get drawn into what others are doing or their progress, it’s different for all of us.
Aim to get yourself into a calorie deficit by creating good habits, it’s not about starving yourself or being unsociable. It’s about creating a plan that fits you, something you can be consistent with. If you do that, the results will come and will be sustainable. Quick fixes always end in quick rebounds! If you’re finding progress a struggle, whatever your goal, then don’t be frightened of sending me a message.
I’m not going to get you to sign up to anything or even ask you to like my Facebook page. My aim is to get people to increase their knowledge, start training properly and to stop this industry falling into a world of fad diets, crappy ‘fitness equipment’ and ineffective workouts.
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