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Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight? Questions to Ask Yourself

By: Stuart Carter, Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1,

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

You’re not the first person to wonder why it's so hard to lose weight.

The truth is many people struggle with weight loss.

why is it so hard to lose weightSometimes what you really need is a change of approach, a little enlightenment, or just the inspiration of others.

The problem is that weight loss is supposed to be easy.

Take one look at the number of commercials that are selling a certain piece of equipment, a magic pill, or a new and improved diet.

Of course, in the real world, it doesn’t work this way. It takes time to gain weight and time to lose it.

Yes, the concept is simple. Eat fewer calories than your body needs, and you’ll lose the weight. But, as you and I both know, it’s never as simple as that.

The good news is that it is possible. Just check out these men who’ve found success with the Fit Father project:

Daniel Olarnick weighed 262.5 pounds in December 2018. By June 2019 he was down to 228 pounds. That's a 34.5-pound drop! His waistline has also dropped from 44 inches to 40 inches.

He’s now a Fit father Project member for life and is dedicated to continuing his weight loss journey.

Brian is, perhaps, one of the greatest inspirations and success stories of the Fit Father Project.

Check out his blog, and you’ll be inspired as he reveals how often he asks why it is so hard to lose weight, and how his perseverance is paying off.

If these guys can ask why is it so hard to lose weight and yet they’ve still succeeded, then so can you. Start by reading the following answers and believe in yourself. You really can do anything.

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The Problem With the Body's Ability to Adapt

The human body is actually an impressive piece of machinery. There are hundreds of complex chemical reactions that happen inside your body on a daily basis.

why can't I lose weightBut, it's more impressive than that. Your body is great at adapting to the situation in hand, no matter how complex it is.

In fact, adaption is part of the reason you gain weight and then struggle to lose it.

You’ve probably heard of insulin and related it to diabetes.

However, it’s doing more than just control sugar levels in your body.

When you consume sugar and carbs, your body produces insulin. This converts the carbs into energy, and any excess is converted into fat and stored. Hence, eating more calories than you need leads to weight gain.

As your body becomes accustomed to the cycle of storing fat, it adapts even more.

Your muscles become less capable of burning excess calories, effectively becoming insulin resistant.

This encourages fat storage. The blood sugar has to be converted into something to keep it in the right range.

You’ll still get hungry and eat more, increasing the resistance and filling your fat cells up even more.

blood sugar best body measurements for menWhen you’re ready to start dieting your body will still deal with blood sugar in the same way, your muscles won’t get enough extra energy to justify huge leaps in activity levels, and your body will still be busy converting blood sugar to fat.

That’s why building a habit is so important. It takes time for your body to adapt back and convert the blood sugar into energy for your muscles to burn.

With the right approach, you won’t just lose weight; you’ll be able to keep it off for good.

All you need to do is ask the right questions.

Are You Eating Healthily?

Processed foods are high in sugars and other chemicals. These will encourage you to consume too many calories.

healthy foods for easy weight lossThe best way to actually start losing weight is to change your eating habits.

Drop the processed foods, focus on simple meals, try the perfect plate approach, and shrink your plate to reduce portion sizes.

You can even prepare your food in advance. Check out this free 1-day meal plan for inspiration.

Are You Eating Too Often?

It’s easy to get into a habit of having breakfast, a mid-morning snack, some lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, an evening meal, and perhaps even another snack with the television.

Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting infographic with sample data. Vector Illustration.You may have started a food journal and decided this is an acceptable level of food and calories.

However, if you adjust your eating habits or simply change them occasionally, you may find that it can make a huge difference to your weight loss achievements.

For example, try intermittent fasting two days, (non-consecutive), a week.

On these days, you’ll only eat 500 calories, which will reduce your calorific intake and boost your weight loss.

But, it will also break your habits, which will help to keep your body guessing and prevent it from adapting to your current eating habits.

In addition, research has shown that intermittent fasting can help your body enter a state of ketosis. During this state, your body will burn fat for energy instead of glucose.

That’s going to have a direct effect on your weight loss goals.

How Intense are Your Workouts?

If you haven’t exercised in a long time, then any form of exercise is going to help you burn more calories and lose weight.

why is it so hard to lose weightIt doesn’t matter if you’re walking the dog or just climbing the stairs ten times a day.

However, once you’re fitness level starts to improve, you need to focus on short bursts of high-intensity training.

HIIT is a great place to start.

Intense exercises appear to burn more calories in a short space of time and encourage greater calorific burn after the exercise.

Research also suggests that you’ll feel less hungry after completing an intense exercise.

But, intense exercise does place your cardiovascular system under greater stress and is likely to increase the risk of injury.

Therefore, it is a good idea to intersperse this with some exercises to build muscle, such as this free muscle-building plan.

There are two benefits to adding muscle-building exercises into your weekly routine:

  1. Increases Variety

dumbbells home workouts

Doing the same exercise every day is quickly going to become tedious, which will make it harder to keep doing it and reduce the effectiveness of it.

By adding muscle building exercises, you can keep the variety which will help you to stay motivated.

  1. Muscle Burns More Calories

Building muscle is also a good idea because muscle burns more calories than fat when at rest. This means that building muscle will help you to lose weight, even when you’re not exercising.

The fact that better-toned muscles will help to boost your confidence and improve your overall health is simply a nice extra!

Have You Got the Right Attitude?

According to science, you need to eat fewer calories than your body needs. This will help you to lose weight.

proper mindset the holistic approach to healthWhile this is true, you also need to make sure you have the right attitude.

Adopt the wrong diet, and it can seem like an uphill struggle, which makes it very tempting to break the diet. Of course, once you’ve broken it once you’re likely to do it again.

The point is a short term goal, such as looking good for a reunion. But if you don’t commit to a longer-term goal or believe that you can achieve more, then you’re going to struggle and end up asking why is it so hard to lose weight?

The trick is to find more reasons to be healthy. It might be to run with your children, to be healthy enough to skydive when you’re 80, or perhaps simply to be around to embarrass your kids in 40 years or more.

why is it so hard to lose weightOnce you have your reasons, you simply need to record every success you have, no matter how small.

This will inspire you to keep going and actually enjoy your new lifestyle.

Don’t forget, you don’t need a diet; you need a healthier lifestyle.

Sustainability will ensure that you continue to lose weight and feel great.

How Healthy is Your Daily Routine?

Have you ever considered your current routine?

why is it so hard to lose weightWhat time do you sit down and collapse in front of the television?

Do you often grab lunch on the go because you haven’t had time to prepare it?

Record your activities for a week, and you’ll quickly see which patterns are unhealthy and need to be changed.

You can then focus on reallocating your free time to make it more productive and less about sitting around.

You’ll be surprised at how little you really need to watch TV!

Routines and habits are things that we do without thinking or asking why we do these things.

Start slow, such as dropping your television time by 30 minutes and taking a walk instead.

You’ll be surprised by how much difference this can make and how quickly you can develop healthier routines.

Can You Recruit a Friend?

Losing weight by yourself can be difficult, especially if everyone around you is enjoying treats and you’re not.

self imageIn fact, trying to eat better when your partner isn’t can place a real strain on your relationship.

This is why it is essential that you consider your options first.

You can then devise a plan to deal with your partner’s eating habits.

It is also a good idea to enlist the support of a good friend.

If you’re both trying to lose weight together, you can help motivate each other, and even create a little competition.

This will make it easier and more interesting to reach your goals.

Do You Have the Right Goals?

Reaching a goal is an essential part of your weight loss journey. Each goal post will encourage you to lose more weight.

man crossing finish lineFor this reason, you need to set short term goals that are achievable.

Of course, long term goals can then be achieved naturally simply by achieving your short term goals.

Don’t forget, weight loss is different for everyone and your goals may not be the same as your best friend or someone else trying to lose weight.

Set the goals that suit you, and you’ll be inspired as you reach each one.

But don’t reward yourself with a sweet treat as this may undo your hard work!

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Discover exactly what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to lose belly fat & feel energized 24/7 without hard dieting...

Ask Yourself Why It's Hard to Lose Weight

There will always be days when you haven’t made the progress you hoped to, or the scales are not moving. These are the days when you’ll ask yourself again, why is it so hard to lose weight.

man looking cofidentBut, if you’re prepared for these days, you can simply take another look at your achievements.

Re-visit the free 1-day meal plan, chat to a friend, and be inspired by the testimonials on the Fit Father Project.

It only takes a small amount of inspiration to revitalize your intentions.

You can get those scales starting to head in the right direction again.

But, don’t forget, it’s not just the scales you need to monitor. You can get healthier without losing weight if you’re also building muscle.

Measure your waist, thighs, arms, and chest. They will help you to see just how successful your new healthier lifestyle really is.

Your new friend & health coach,

Stuart Carter Dip. PT, Precision Nutrition 1

C.O.O., The Fit Father Project

Stuart gained his Diploma in Personal Training & Sports Medicine through Premier Global, back in 2001. In 2018, he completed his Level 1 Precision Nutrition qualification.

Throughout his career in Fitness, Stuart has trained hundreds of clients, worked in almost every position in the industry, and ran his own successful training studio.

After a hiatus away from the Fitness industry, working in Corporate Management and Finance, Stuart returned to what he loves… Fitness! This return led to a chance meeting with Dr. Balduzzi, and a place in the Fit Father Project team.

Brotherhood Nickname: The Fit Brit
Bragging Rights: 18 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.

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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on why it's so hard to lose weight.


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