This just seems to be one of those questions. The kind of question I get asked every single ****ing day. “Ashley, help me out! Why am I so fat?!?!?!”
Seriously. People ask me this like I’m some kind of psychic being that can analyze their entire life and pin-point exactly what it is that has caused them to become overweight/obese.
While I’m certainly no psychic (not that I’m aware of, at least…), I can absolutely tell you why you’re fat. But, you’re definitely not going to like my answer (or my solution).
I’ll get straight to the point: there are 3 things that you’re doing (or not doing) that are making you fat. I’ll list them, one by one, and then I’ll also give you a few tips on overcoming them.
Why Am I So Fat? Here’s Your Answer!
Reason #1 – A total lack of exercise. Bet you saw this one coming, huh? Who’d have thought that a lifestyle of almost total physical inactivity would have any negative health effects? In order to lose weight, you’re going to have to make some pretty big changes in regards to your exercise program.
There’s no need to stress, because you don’t have to become a gym-junkie before you start to notice results. A simple 15-minute long circuit, repeated 3-5 times a week, can have an incredible effect on your waist-line.
Circuits aren’t your thing? No problem. Any form of cardiovascular exercise is going to do wonders for your body. The most popular forms of cardio are running, cycling, swimming, and rowing, and each has their own up and down sides that are far too in-depth to talk about in this article. (However, you can click here to learn more about each cardio style.)
Personally, I’m a big fan of running. I run for around 5 hours a week, in both short, HIIT style bursts, and longer, more endurance-style bouts. Both styles are good for losing weight, and, like the different types of cardio, they both have their own up and down side. To learn more about running, I’ve written a pretty comprehensive beginner’s guide.
Finally, we have resistance training. AKA lifting weights. The good thing about resistance training is that, in general, you don’t get all sweaty and tired the same way you do after a good cardio session. And, the number of calories burned after a weight lifting session are pretty good too. (Not to mention that guys will lose weight and put on muscle, which is a lethal combo!)
Reason #2 – An atrocious diet. You should have seen this one coming, too. If your diet consists of fruit juices, sodas, cakes, chips, chocolates, and other processed foods, it’s no wonder you’re overweight. Seriously, this is even more important than exercise. You need to change your diet!
But “changing your diet” is vague as hell. What should you actually be doing to fix your diet and get on the weight-loss fast-track?
First thing first, you need to start tracking calories. This isn’t the stuff your mum and grandma do with weight-watchers, by the way, this is way simpler. We’ll be using the free calorie tracker MyFitnessPal, as well as a free calorie calculator. Actually, I’ve already written a pretty good guide on calorie counting/tracking, so just go here and read it, yeah?
Next up is actually finding a healthy diet. There are plenty out there, but to save you some time, I’ll recommend my favourite: The Paleo Diet. It’s all about healthy, natural foods. And, despite all the controversy in the media, it’s a solid diet. If you stick to it you’ll absolutely start to lose weight. So, there, now you’ve got a healthy diet to look into.
Also, if you do end up getting into the Paleo Diet, consider taking a look at The Paleo Grubs Cookbook. It has over 470 recipes that are all Paleo, all delicious, and all fantastic for weight-loss. It comes with a bunch of bonuses too, so it’s worth checking out. You can buy it by clicking here.
Reason #3 – No motivation whatsoever. Because even if you’ve got yourself a stellar exercise program and diet, if you’re not motivated to stick it out, you’re destined to fail (and get fatter and fatter, until you, well, die).
So what can you do? It’s quite simple; you build your motivation levels, silly!
And, while there are millions and billions and trillions of ways to get more motivated, a few methods are certainly more effective than others. These are my top 3:
- Thinking about why. Why do you want to lose weight? What is it that drives you? What will it mean when you achieve your dream body? If you answer these questions daily, you’ll find it much easier to persevere.
- Watching motivational videos. Maybe it’s just me, but whenever I’m feeling particularly de-motivated, I head over to YouTube and watch a few inspirational videos. I’m a guy, so the videos about fighting with really intense orchestral music does the trick for me.
- Reading motivational quotes. If your internet connection isn’t fast enough to load a video, you’ll just have to do it the old fashioned way; by reading a bad-ass quote. There are wayyyyy too many to list here, so just go to Google and get your search on.
Like the other topics (exercise and diet, try to keep up…), I’ve also written a few posts on the topic of motivation. But, motivation is a pretty narrow topic, and all of the articles I’ve produced have been quite… similar. Regardless, my best one is a mixed bag, offering many, many, many different methods of building motivation. It’s definitely worth a look if your weak-point is staying motivated.
There you have it folks, next time you’re thinking of asking me “why am I so fat?“, you can slow down, revisit this page, and you’ll have your answer.
You’re fat because you’re inactive, because your diet is terrible, and because you have no motivation.
But there’s no need to panic, because I’ve also listed ways you can turn your life around in all three categories! The only thing left for you to do is to take action, and start making real lifestyle changes. Which, by the way, is much much MUCH easier to do if you’re a member of the Burning Fitness Mailing List. (You can subscribe to the daily emails below!)