Believe it or not but BILLIONS of dollars are spent in the US each year towards weight loss. Some estimates say it can be as high as 60 billion, which is mind blowing.
So the question is, why is the US population continuing to become less healthy in spite of the BILLIONS spent on weight loss? Well, to be blunt, it’s because most of the products, fitness programs, diets, etc. addressing weight loss don’t actually work. If they did, the US population would not be struggling this badly with weight loss.
Below are the 6 reasons why you can’t lose weight…by avoiding the stumbling blocks listed below you can save a lot of headaches.
1. You Don’t Eat Enough
Huh?? I don’t eat enough?? Sure, some of you reading this are overeating and you know who you are. Your portions are outrageous and the quality of food is often poor. That said most women, probably 7 out of the 10 women we train, are UNDER EATING. Yes, your body desperately needs key nutrients, minerals and vitamins to ensure your body is functioning at it’s max potential. For years women have been told to restrict, calories or “points” to lose weight, which is only partially true. Sure, restrict the processed foods but you also need to add far more whole foods to the plan. Starve your body of key nutrients (vegetables, protein, healthy fats, etc.) and you’ll get weight loss in the early stages but watch what happens if you continue depriving your body. As most of you have found out, everything stops and you hit the world’s longest weight loss plateau. Your body needs food, the right kind of food and often.
Food is not the issue, it’s the lack of key nutrients that may be the #1 reason your body is sluggish, weak, tired and overweight. While we would need an entire post to discuss the issues that occur when you stop eating key nutrients, just know that your metabolism can take a significant blow if you restrict your nutrients long enough.
2. You Don’t Sleep Enough
Let’s start with the most rampant problem standing in the way of your fat loss. Most adults simply do not get adequate sleep to support weight loss. There is a scientific reason for this, and it has everything to do with hormone levels. While you sleep your cortisol levels decline while your growth hormone levels increase. This balance is essential for fat loss to occur.
3. You Don’t Drink Enough Water
Most of us are walking around in a state of partial dehydration everyday. In addition to being dangerous for all of your major body organs, dehydration is perilous for fat loss. By sipping on water throughout the day you’ll avoid dehydration and will find it easier to move the number on your scale in a favorable direction.
4. You Don’t Plan Your Food
As we always say at Fuse, random never works especially when it comes to your fitness and food. If you want the best results possible, plan your food for the next 7 days, go shopping then come home and prep. Make it simple because it works. Without a plan your weight loss is a mere dream that is likely to never come true.
5. You Have No Accountability
We must have heard it a million times, “I know exactly what I have to do, I just don’t do it.” Knowing the general overview of how to do something does not mean one can actually do it independently. The tens of thousands of overweight/obese adults living in the US know that whole foods are good and processed foods are bad but that rarely gets them to eat healthy. You need support. You need someone who is asking the right questions and helping you find solutions. Again saying you know “HOW” to do something doesn’t make it easy. For instance, a 1 arm pull up is VERY challenging but also simple on the surface. To do a one arm pull up you grab a pull up bar with one hand and pull up. That’s it. That’s the extent of the instructions. So please, just because you know that whole foods are good and pizza is unhealthy, don’t believe for a second that it’s that simple. It’s hard work and it requires ongoing coaching to master. Don’t believe me? Just look at the current state of the US. I don’t think we’d have 70% of the people overweight/obese if following random diets worked or if clean eating was easy. Like a one arm pull up, clean eating is easy to explain in a few words but VERY few can actually do it.
6. Your Training Is Hurting You
The truth is, after you turn 35 your body needs to experience a high quality workout. After 35 your body needs a workout that is more customized, and less generic. After 35, the last thing your body needs is another boring gym workout OR “high intensity” group workout that has no direction or purpose. And no, getting people tired and sweaty doesn’t qualify as having direction. You know the workouts I’m referring to. The ones you sign up for online and walk in the door 10 minutes later. No one assesses you, instead they throw you into a workout and hope it goes well.
This style of training is popular since it’s cheap, convenient and easy to sell if you sprinkle the right colors and logo on the wall. Just keep in mind fast food is also cheap and convenient. Your health and body deserve more than cheap and convenient. People will happily invest more than $300 into their vehicle every month. They then turn around and think it’s nuts to invest $149 a month into improving their health and future. See the problem?
If you’re over 35 you need to come to terms with the fact that your body needs more. After 35 your body deserves more. Careless workouts lead to injuries. Period. If you want to lose weight and get fit avoid generic group workouts. They are the fast food of the fitness industry.
When you’re ready for professional coaching and a long term body transformation email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’ll be happy to give you a fitness program that produces long term results.
Enjoy your week!
ps. Sorry for the rant 🙂