Weight Loss – Why is it so hard? Everywhere you turn, you see ads for losing weight – pills, shakes, low-fat foods, exercise equipment. What do you do? Which one do you choose? Often is gets so overwhelming that you don’t do anything.
And, you may say that you’ve tried everything, and you just can’t lose weight. But the truth is – If you’ve been “on a program” for several months and you haven’t seen any changes, then clearly there’s a problem with what you’re doing.
So, back to the question: Why do we think it is so hard to lose weight? Here are some possible answers.
- Every weight loss program requires movement. It takes calories to move, and using calories is at the heart of every weight loss program.
- Every weight loss program requires a belief that you CAN lose weight. If you continue to believe that you are destined to be overweight and that you can’t lose weight, then that is exactly the way it’s going to be.
- Every weight loss program requires that you are ready and willing to accept the challenge. Most things worth pursuing are worth working hard to achieve. Weight loss is no different. You have built up an arsenal of bad habits that you are going to have to be willing to change. Change is not always easy, so you have to be ready to change.
Many people focus on “diet” only – that is, cutting back on what they eat. If that is what you’re doing, that’s way too hard. Chances are if you’re still carrying excess weight, you’re not active enough. 20 minutes of strength training and 30 minutes of cardio exercise – that’s less than one hour per day – added to reducing your caloric intake just a little can help you lose weight and keep it off.