Common Reasons Men and Women Can’t Lose Weight
I deal with weight loss issues on a daily basis, I am a trainer at a local gym and see so many people walk in and out of the gym every day, most come in with a Gung-Ho attitude determined to lose weight. in this article I will cover 3 reasons people stuggle with their weight.
The first thing they ask is for me to provide them with an exercise routine, some have performed some sort of exercise in their lifetime, some have never exercised, ever!
I would say at least 40% of the people that come into the gym for the first time is for health reasons, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes. The other 30% are overweight and want to lose weight, the rest for a variety of personal reasons.
Over the last decade out of those that visit the gym for the first time less than 3% ever achieve their goals, in fact, most quit after the first few weeks, others hang on for a few months and then mysteriously disappear. The sad thing is that any gains they did make over the few months, they end up losing, usually adding several more pounds surpassing what they weighed before joining the gym.
When it comes to weight loss it is not an easy task, the ultimate culprit is eating the wrong foods and lack of exercise, there are few physiological things that can contribute to weight gain, including thyroid problems, irregular hormone activity, hormone issues affect both men and women equally.
For women, it can be low estrogen or menopause and for men, low testosterone can affect weight gain, if you do feel your weight issues are due to medical problems you should probably see your doctor, if not read on and I will tell you why you can’t lose weight.
Most people who are reasonably healthy wake up one day and decide their fat, usually because they stepped on a scale or their clothes no longer fit.
This leads most people to a mad panic to do something about it, interestingly enough your clothes were gradually squeezing you a little more each day until the button popped or the zipper broke, this did not happen overnight! that’s not the way it works!
Weight gain happens fast, but not that fast “it just seems that way”, so in order to get those clothes fitting again, you need to reverse the process of what you did to gain weight to lose it.
1. You go on a diet ( Dieting only sets people up for failure)
Dieting for most people is a painful word, for most of us it means refraining from all the things we love to eat. A diet immediately sets people up for weight loss failure.
Most people take dieting to extremes, cutting out everything they love to eat, all this does is make you crave those things more. Instead of dieting you need to think of weight loss as a slow (gradual) process, if you follow some basic principles and carefully think about the things you eat it will make weight loss easier.
The following foods are what cause the most weight gain:
- Refined sugars (Soda, sweetened teas, syrups concentrated fruit juices.
- Alcohol especially beer, red wines, sweet liquors, and mixed drinks
- Starches such as white bread, chips, cookies, cakes, muffins, pastries, breaded and battered foods
- Condiments including Mayonaise, barbecue sauces, ketchup, honey mustard, salad dressings sweetened milk ( chocolate and strawberry)
- Fatty foods including fried foods, fast foods, processed meats, hot dogs etc.
While the above may seem like insignificant calorie sources, they are a significant contributor to your daily calorie intake, just eliminating some of those foods out of your diet every day will have a considerable impact.
This does not mean you can’t have a burger, soda or glass of wine, it just means you need to be more conscious of your actions and think twice before eating or drinking certain things, the difference between a couple of beers every day and a six-pack is huge.
What I recommend when you begin to lose weight is to first cut out the small things and concentrate hard on those things which contribute to the most to weight gain (empty calories), sodas, sweets and alcohol have very little nutritional value, I am not saying to give them up completely, just CUT BACK.
When you begin to watch what you eat and notice slight differences in the way you feel it will only encourage you to move forward, never expect overnight success, weight loss is like anything else we do in life, success takes time, be consistent and don’t give up.
2. You are not willing to exercise (Even a little exercise can help)
Most people do not like to exercise, lack of physical activity is the second biggest reason people are overweight, the modern world has given us all kinds of luxuries that are killing us, desk jobs, television, Internet, online shopping, online gaming, to much time in your car. Those things are slowly killing many of us.
Even people who are thin and do not exercise are flabby and lack firm muscles, so exercise should be something everyone practices, even if you hate it.
There are so many benefits to moderate exercise, it is one of the best cures for depression, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and it will help you lose weight and look good as well.
So you say exercise is painful, make it less so, find something you enjoy doing, walking, jogging, swimming, stationary bike even yard work burns calories, any physical activity can help.
If you want to reap the benefits of weight loss and looking good, join a gym, do some strength training 3-4 times a week. I always say is commit yourself for 30 days 90 days is better, after a few months, many get so used to the gym as a feel-good routine many many will find it hard to stop going.
3. You will not make the commitment to change (Weight loss requires some subtle lifestyle changes)
Anything in life takes commitment, you may see weight loss as an insignificant feat but it can offer many positive changes in your life, a better self-image, better health, you can buy close that you want because you look good in them not just because they fit.
Remember as the saying goes ” Nothing changes if nothing changes if you are serious about losing weight don’t try to do it all at once, make subtle changes and over time you will reap the benefits.
There are so many articles on weight loss and some many different diets and weight loss methods.
The bottom line is that weight loss is nothing more than using some common sense, making a few lifestyle changes and modifying your eating habits. Try it, you may like it. If you do you will be amazed at how much better you will look and feel.
Cynthia is a contributing author to enatureguide.com her passion is health and weight loss. As someone who has struggled with her own weight issues. Cynthia now shares her personal experiences from different dieting methods and reviews some of her favorite supplements that have helped keep her keep her weight under control.