Why Losing Weight is Easy And Hard
Weight loss, simple for some and impossible for others. Why is this? How can some people lose the weight they want to or even better need to, and others just see the scale going up? People are people, and if the anatomy is the same, should one weight loss program work for all? People are people, but some differences can cause weight loss challenges while other consistencies will work for all people. So let’s start and take a look at weight loss.
There is a vast amount of information available about weight loss for anyone to look up and understand. Because of this level of accessible information, there is no shortage of knowledge. This means that anyone can access useful information that can be put into play to lose weight. There is no secret code that only a few people have and do not share with anyone outside the group.
There are no shortages of gyms (about 8000 in the US), fitness equipment, trainers, running trails, parks, online training/fitness class (both paid and free), social media support groups, commercial services (like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem) and new technologically advanced equipment on the market today.
Statistics on the effects of weight are posted everywhere. Every acclaimed hospital globally (like Mayo, John Hopkins, MD Anderson, etc.) puts tons of information out about the impact of weight. A considerable volume is produced for very specific body parts affected by weight with detailed statistics, symptoms, causes, and cures. Also, the government puts out volumes of information about weight effects through government studies. Finally, specific organizations dedicated to certain ailments like diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and a host more indicate that weight is a critical contributing factor to this ailment. There is absolutely no reason for anyone in the US to say that they did not know weight issues can and will lead to health problems. There is just too much information out there stating the case.
There’s opportunity everywhere to engage in physical activity, nutrition, training, and gaining knowledge to lose weight for anyone. It is not reserved for a select few, or is it in such short quantity that the cost is astronomical. This is just not the case as in most cities there are plenty of gyms with trainers ready to assist you at just about any time. Also, fitness equipment can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and Amazon.
There is no magic formula for losing weight. It is straightforward and simple. The individual needs to be at a caloric neutral or caloric deficit, exercise, and maintain a balanced healthy diet. Or in simple terms, the number of calories consumed needs to be less than calories burned. Reducing calorie intake is key to reducing body fat.
This all sounds very simple, but in reality, it truly is that simple. No one can eat their way to health and fitness, or can they exercise their way to health and fitness. It has to be a combination of both nutrition and exercise. This topic can go on for a very long time, and there are many books written on this topic. For a quick and easy read on this, please read this article.
The hard part about losing weight is just that it is hard. It requires a lot of effort and discipline. There is work involved and a time commitment. All of which is contrary to our busy lives. There are only so many hours in the day and to become fit requires carving out a portion of that to dedicate to yourself.
In order to lose weight, you must engage in physical activity/exercise. The simple definition of exercise is movement and or strain on the body. Yes, walking is exercise, and planks are also exercising. Both of which are very simple and may not be thought of as exercise, but they are. Here’s where the kicker comes in with exercise. The goal is to achieve an optimal heart rate for at least 45 minutes. The longer you can do this, the better, and the more times per week you can do this, the better. Achieving this level requires time and dedication, which is the tricky part. Finding 45 minutes can be difficult for some people, and even worse, doing this two, three, or four times a week can be even more difficult.
Exerting physical energy is contrary to our evolutionary upbringing. For millions of years, humans consumed one meal a day or less, and we’re unsure of when the next meal would be consumed. Therefore the body has conditioned itself to conserve energy to survive and not starve. This principle is still in every one of us today, even though starvation is highly unlikely. This is what makes us naturally “lazy” and always seeking a way to rest. It is challenging for some to overcome this built-in safety mechanism used for millions of years to preserve life. The good news is this is just a mental limitation, not a physical limitation.
This is the extremely difficult part of weight loss. It is a six in between your ears that is holding you back. This is true for anything else in life, whether it is your job, relationships with others, self-confidence, or anything else that requires mind over matter.
To make this problem even more of a compounding effect is the slow results from exercise and diet. When you exercise and diet, there are no benefits that day. It may even be a month or two or six or seven before any results show. This is very hard for the mind to grasp, putting all this effort in now and hoping for future results. This has a term called delayed gratification, which is work today for a reward tomorrow. In today’s fast-paced world, with everything now, delayed gratification does not set well.
This is where education and knowledge come into play to assist in a program that will achieve successful results one small step at a time. Remember, the weight did not go on overnight and therefore will not come off overnight. However, building a solid plan with a very specific achievable weight loss goal in a small step fashion will convert your body into a healthy body.
The simple side of weight loss is there is no shortage of knowledge, locations to exercise, recipes for healthy eating, and coaches/support groups to help you through this journey. The difficult side of weight loss is the actual doing. It requires time and effort with a lot of dedication to lose weight and become healthy. This will require breaking old habits and installing new ones that are difficult for most people to adapt to in the short term. It is well worth changing your body to a healthy weight for the best to live a fulfilled life without all the elements hampering you throughout your life.