Introduction to Easy Long Term Weight Loss
Why is losing weight so hard for me ? Like you, I wondered the same after decades of trying too many diets. I will save you a lot of time and frustration. If you implement the suggestions of this article, you will experience easy weight loss.
Despite the fact that everyone knows the risk factors of obesity for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, losing weight is an impossible dream. And forgetting risk factors, how about how you look and feel?
You want to look and feel great and that will not happen when you are 20 pounds or more overweight. For example, American men are on average 25 pounds heavier than they were in 1959. And it is not because they grew taller.
We Are Heavier Than Ever
According to obesity research conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the average weight for a grown man in 2017 was 195.7 pounds.((https://www.verywellfit.com/average-weight-for-a-man-statistics-2632139)) Since 1959 the weight increases were:
- Men between the ages of 40 and 49 saw a weight increase of 27 pounds.
- Those between the ages of 50 and 59 logged an increase of 28 pounds.
- Men 60 and older saw an increase of 33 pounds.
Imagine, despite all of the diet and exercise books and programs, the number of people with obesity keeps increasing.
This post will explain why losing weight is so hard. And will reveal the two secrets to make it as easy as…well, as easy as eating. Or walking.
Your Fat is NOT Your Fault
I am sure everyone tells you that your excess body fat is your fault. But the truth is that you are a victim of ultra processed food manufacturers and scientists. Every processed food manufacturer has food scientists whose job it is to keep you eating their factory made food.
They spend their lives addicting you to their company’s products.To do so they constantly play with the ingredients and ratios of their recipes. Their job is to make sure that you can never just eat one.
If you think that is an exaggeration, then watch this fascinating TEDMED talk by Sugar scientist and UCSF professor of health policy Laura Schmidt:
Did you ever wonder why you polish off a whole container of Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Heath Bar Crunch or a bag of Doritos or Oreos? Have you ever been full after a meal and still ate the entire cake? Or whole bag of pretzels, pie or tray of chocolate chip cookies?
This is not your fault. Sugar, salt and fat is your addiction. The primary ingredients of highly processed convenience foods. The ones that you grew up on your entire life.
The Secret to Breaking the Addiction
You need to only adopt two new habits to achieve the ideal weight your body should be for your height. BMI or body mass index tells you the ideal weight for your height.
(This is why you must have a scale which calculates your BMI. Also known as a body composition scale.)
And you do not need to know how many calories a day you are eating.
The first new habit to break the addiction of processed food is to start eating real food.
What is healthy eating? Buying lean cuisine or having a turkey and cheese sandwich with mayo? Or how about some non fat yogurt and orange juice with rice cakes? (That sounds pretty bad to me too.)
I really had no clue myself what real food is. Growing up on so much processed and ultra processed food muddies the waters of clarity. To me, real food was pizza, lasagna, whole wheat bread, rye bread, apple juice, soy burgers, and soy cheese.
But typical healthy eating relies on plenty of processed foods, even in the most food conscious camps.
Start eating real food and your body will thank you. Real food is what you prepare in your kitchen from whole unprocessed vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, and whole grains. You can count in seeds, nuts, avocadoes, and olive oil as well. For real food meal suggestions, see How to Lose 20 Pounds in 3 Months and the Best Secrets of Hashi Mashi to Lose Weight Fast.
Your Skeletal Muscles Move Your Body
An ancient habit known as moving is the second new habit. In the old days, the main means of transportation were your own two feet.
If you need something, you walk. Or run. Even riding a horse takes physical effort. But today, all you have to do is get in your car.
Getting on the bus, or train, is not physical activity. Overweight and obese people have an activity level of a big fat zero.
But, if you start to walk 30 minutes a day, watch the magic happen. Your body will respond to the new demands and activate the largest muscles of your body. Your legs and glutes.
Gradually the insulin resistance of your muscles will reverse. And instead of depositing glucose in fat storage, your muscles will accept the excess glucose.
Because your body now knows that you need the glycogen in your muscle cells.
Add strength training like squats, deadlifts and push ups to the mix and you will transform your body.
That’s it. Two secrets which can change your life. Eat real food and start walking 30 to 45 minutes a day.
Why is Losing Weight So Hard Conclusion
You know that losing weight will be the number one New Year’s resolution in 2019. The fact is that year in and year out, the most popular resolution is to lose weight.
You know how hard it is to fulfill this resolution. You want to lose weight, and do not know how.
If you are willing to change only a couple of habits, you will be successful. These new habits will result in lost weight and prevention of the predictable weight gain after a typical diet.
Convenience foods and transportation keep you fat. It is time to change over to real food and movement. Read the rest of this post for the details.
Next: Read the Guide How to Lose 20 Pounds in 3 Months