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Why is losing weight so difficult?

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  • AShannon Sorrels, CPT, Fitness, answered

    Because losing weight requires "change."  What's interesting about change is sometimes it's hard and sometimes it's not. There are many changes we embrace that are extremely difficult: having kids, changing jobs, moving, divorce... but we manage to do them and survive - even thrive.

    So the difficult part is how you view things headed into it. If you look upon your weight loss as an opportunity, a chance to improve and feel better - then you are off on the right foot. If you start out already thinking in terms of deprivation, denial, and punishment - then you will have a rocky road.

    If you have the right attitude, view it as a problem to be solved in no way tied to your self-worth, add a little activity and cut back on some food... you'll rock the house.

  • AAbby Ellin, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Louis Aronne, director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York–Presbyterian Hospital and president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, believes that obesity is controlled by a “powerful biological system of hormones, proteins, neurotransmitters and genes that regulate fat storage and body weight and tell the brain when, what and how much to eat. . . .Once people gain weight, then these biological mechanisms, which we’re beginning to understand, develop to prevent people from losing weight. It’s not someone fighting willpower. The body resists weight loss.”  
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  • ATroy Taylor, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered

    Losing weight can be very difficult.  The reason that it can be so difficult is sometimes misunderstood.  Gaining weight happens over a lifetime.  Yes we all put on weight overnight or lose weight overnight but mostly that is just change in water.  Real weight gain takes time and it also takes habits.  We have developed an overeating habit.  If you go to a Mc Donald's look at the kids hamburger, the kids fries, and the kids drink.  They are wrapped in paper as opposed to cardboard and they are frequently on the cheap menu.  If you ordered that you would be eating the average lunch of an adult male that went to Mc Donald's in 1955.  

    Our habits have changed and we haven't noticed.  We have developed an appetite for larger and larger quantities and retraining those habits and appetites can be painful.  If you want an education simply track your calories as you eat normally for a week.  Don't modify your eating just figure it out and write down what you are eating. You will be amazed.  The average adult male in the 50's survived quite well on 2000 calories per day. A lunch in America today can easily be over 1000 calories by itself.  

    Losing weight can be difficult as we go through the painful process of retraining our habits.  We are living out of balance as we cut calories to deal with extra fat stores and that usually isn't comfortable.  The habits do change and soon the calories can come back up to stabilize at the new and healthier weight.  The difficulties of losing weight quickly go into the past by simply spending some time altering habits now.

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  • ABrian Guidry, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered

    Losing weight is difficult for so many people because they don't understand how their body works, and what it takes to make your body start feeding off of the fat you are trying so hard to lose.

    The absolute last thing that you want to do if you are trying to lose weight is starve yourself.

    And most people think that is exactly what they should be doing. Starving themselves. And that is so wrong. It does not work, and we were made to like food, so starving yourself is not any fun. No wonder it doesn't work that well.

    The real fact though is that in order to start burning those extra calories you are storing (fat) you have to start feeding your body in a way that will make it believe you are not starving it.

    To start off, skipping breakfast in the morning is a big no-no.

    If you skip your breakfasts, you will never lose weight. Why? Because you are starving your body and your body will eat all of the muscle first before it ever starts to eat away your fat....if it believes it is starving.

    This is a hard concept for a lot of people to grasp, but it's true.

    By being consistant in your eating habits, and eating the right food, over the period of 30 days or so you can condition your body to start burning away all that fat.

    But don't think you can burn all those extra pounds away without exercise.

    You are going to have to combine exercise, diet, sleep and discipline in order to reach your weight loss goals.

    So get the help you need from an experienced trainer who will set you up in a program designed just for you.

     

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