In our internet-dominated, action-packed, fast-paced lives, wading through the many myths and all the misinformation surrounding weight loss can be a huge challenge. (And not the kind of challenge that’s fun, either.)
So it’s no surprise that you’re not losing weight.
Lucky for you, I’m here to separate the fact from the fiction, the truth from the lies, and the real from the fake.
So fasten your seat-belt, strap on your helmet, and hold on to your butts, because I’m about to tell you the 4 biggest reasons you’re failing to see any success with weight loss.
#1: You’re simply not physically active enough
Probably not what you wanted to hear, I’m sure, but weight loss isn’t something that can be achieved without being at least moderately active.
What do I mean by moderately active?
The “Australian Physical Activity Guidelines” recommends that as an adult, you should be doing at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. (And that’s for your average Joe. If you’re wanting to lose weight, it wouldn’t hurt to try and double it!)
If you’re capable of doing simple math in your head you would have already worked out that this means you need to exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
“Gee whiz!”, I can hear you thinking, “that sure is a lot of exercise!”
And you’re right, it is a bloody huge amount of exercise.
Way more than most people do, and honestly, I barely hit that goal every week.
But, here’s the thing.
If you can’t find 30 minutes a day to take the dog for a walk, play with your kids at the park, or go for a bike ride, then your health probably isn’t your top priority. (Which brings me to my number 2).
#2: Your health isn’t your highest priority
I know, again, probably not what you wanted to hear, but too bad, cause I speaketh the truth whether you like it or not.
Ask somebody, anybody, what their biggest priority is, and chances are they’ll say it’s their health.
Some might say money, some might say happiness, and some might have a combination of all three, but people will generally tell you that they value their health above all else.
This is a blatant lie.
If everyone valued their health as highly as they say, we wouldn’t be seeing an increase in obesity and overweight individuals.
What’s the solution to this?
How can you make your health a top priority?
For starters, spend your money more wisely when it comes to buying food.
I’m talking fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, nuts, and eggs.
Most people think buying healthy food is more expensive, but if you source it properly, it can be much cheaper than buying junk, processed crap. (But that’s a topic for another article.)
And even if it was more expensive to buy healthy foods, you value your health above physical manifestations such as money so it shouldn’t be an issue, right?
#3: You’re eating too many “calorie dense” foods
We all know about calories, and we all know that if we want to lose weight we shouldn’t be eating too many of them, but that doesn’t stop the majority of us from consuming calorie dense foods on a daily basis.
What is a “calorie dense” food?
Calorie dense foods are foods that are high in calories but low in nutritional value.
You know, stuff like white bread, potato chips, candy, chocolate, most crackers, most children’s cereals, most children’s lunches (there’s a serious problem with what we feed our kids!), and most processed foods.
How can you tell if you’re eating food that’s calorie dense?
It’s pretty simple: if you can buy it pre-packaged, chances are it’s calorie dense.
And, chances are it’s full of nasty preservatives, chemicals, salt, sugar, and whatever nasty stuff the food companies feel like throwing in to make it cheaper, tastier, and more addictive.
When you go food shopping, try to keep to the outer edges of the store.
That’s where you find the fruit, vegetables, meat, frozen stuff, eggs, etc.
Basically, all the healthy stuff is found on the outer areas of the store, and all the processed (packaged) stuff is found in the inner isles.
#4: You don’t believe you can lose weight
This is a particularly nasty habit that we all tend to develop after trying to lose weight for anything more than a week.
Tell me if this sounds familiar.
- You’re overweight.
- You decide you need to lose weight.
- You find a new diet or exercise plan, and woohoo, you know that you’re gonna lose weight.
- You’ve done it! You lost a few pounds!
- Oh wait, now you’ve slacked off a bit and re-gained those few pounds. Crap.
- Screw this, there’s no way you’ll ever lose weight.
And the cycle repeats itself for eternity.
But, it doesn’t have to.
The biggest reason people fail to lose weight (this includes you too, buddy!), is because they simply give up.
Hell, most exercise and diet plans are very similar, and most of them are good enough for you to see real results… as long as you don’t give up!
So what can you do to get over this hurdle?
For starters, you need to taste success.
If you taste success in the early stages of a weight loss plan, you’ll be far more likely to stay on track and not slack off or quit.
Secondly, you need to find a good source of weight loss information, and then you need to include it in your daily life.
And the best way to achieve both of these things, is by subscribing to the Burning Fitness mailing list.
I’ll send you an email every few days about some facet of weight loss, whether it be nutrition, exercise, or motivation, and all you have to do is implement whatever it is into your current weight loss plan.
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