I had a weight loss client who always told me, “Why can’t this be easy?”
The truth is that if weight loss was easy, fewer people would be overweight. If weight loss easy easy, all you’d have to do is follow a few simple steps and poof! you’d be at the weight you wanted.
Easy weight loss is a myth.
Sure the weight loss equation is simple. Eat less than your body needs and you will lose weight. That’s true on the surface, but there is a lot more to weight loss than just food choices.
Here are 10 reasons weight loss isn’t easy and some suggestions to help you on your way.
1. Restaurants on Every Corner
Things are different now than they were 40 years ago. Back then there weren’t fast food restaurants around every corner, lined in a row as you drive down any town, and going out to eat was a real treat. Now, if you want an ice cream cone at 1:30 a.m., you can probably find someplace that will serve you one. This makes losing weight hard because if you have a craving for a particular food, you can just go get it.
2. Huge Portions
I’ve written about this before, but portions are out-of-control in modern society, and that makes it hard to lose weight. When I lost weight, portion control (which I write a lot about in my book,) was one of my “big three” in losing weight.
3. Our Lack of Activity
It’s easy to sit around unless you have a job that requires lots of physical activity. It takes a dedicated effort on your part to get up, get active, and get fit. Although you can lose weight without exercising, you will be more successful if you incorporate a reasonable exercise program into your weight loss journey.
4. The Tomorrow Mindset
Why do today what you can start tomorrow? A lot of people feel as though they just can’t start to lose weight right now, so they keep putting it off. This makes losing weight hard, because if you don’t get started, you will never finish.
5. The Fat Acceptance Movement
I’ve written about this before too, but the tendency for some people to say that being overweight doesn’t matter and that you should just accept your body how it is (overweight or not), is dangerous for those people who want to lose weight. It sets up a feeling of uncertainty about your desire to lose weight and can lull you into complacency.
6. The Unnatural Foods in Stores
In simpler times, people ate simpler foods. Now most grocery store shelves are lined with box after box of foods filled with chemical preservatives, GMOs, fat, sugar, and salt. It makes it hard to lose weight when 80 percent of the food in the grocery stores isn’t food you need.
Emotions play a huge role in our food choices. If you are significantly overweight, I’d wager a guess that there is an emotional component to your weight struggles. Ignore these emotions at your own peril because I’ve met very few people who could lose weight without understanding why they got to be overweight in the first place.
You can’t blame your weight on someone else. However, there may be people in your life who make it harder for you to lose weight. They might push food on you, sabotage your weight loss efforts, make fun of your successes, and stand in your way.
9. Health Reasons
It would be wrong to ignore possible health reasons for a lack of weight loss success. There are medications that cause weight gain, medical conditions that make weight loss difficult, and physical problems that make you susceptible to weight gain. Always talk to your doctor when trying to lose weight.
You could be your own worst enemy when it comes to losing weight. I know I was. I’d say “I want to lose weight,” but then the next day would find me buying six Dunkin’ Donuts and eating three of them before I got home. This is a tough one, but it’s important to acknowledge your role in your own weight struggles as a step on the road to being the solution to those same problems.
I hope I have not made you depressed over the difficulties you might face losing weight, but instead helped you see why it can be hard to lose weight. Acknowledging the difficulties is smart. Because once you know what you are up against, you have a better chance of succeeding in the long run.
Do you ever think about why losing weight is hard? Do you have anything I should add to my list? Diane