It often seems impossible to lose weight. You go to the gym every day and you follow all the diet advice. But nothing ever seems to change. It must be that you’re genes have made you overweight right? Probably not. What could the problem be?
Why Is It Impossible To Lose Weight?
Losing weight isn’t as simple as much of the info out there states. Traditional advice says to get more exercise and cut your calories. I’ve talked before about my opinion of calories. Aside from my not buying into the calorie theory, organisms aren’t math equations. They adjust to energy inputs and find an equilibrium when there is too little or too much.
The real question you should ask yourself before pursuing your weight loss goals is, do you really need to lose weight? Honestly, your weight doesn’t matter at all, unless you’re morbidly obese of course. What you’re most likely actually concerned about is your body composition and your measurements.
This has become skewed to correspond to your weight. They aren’t necessarily related. If your goal is weight loss then stop focusing on weight. It’s unimportant. Instead, pay attention to body composition and measurements.
Why Aren’t I Losing Inches
Traditional advice recommends upping your activity level. This comes from the calorie theory too. More activity means more calories burned. But in reality, your body composition has a lot more to do with the way you eat.
The expression, “abs are made in the kitchen” is pretty accurate. I’m going to use the word diet here, but I don’t mean that thing you do for six weeks to look good in a swimsuit at the beach.
When I talk about diet, I mean the way you eat on a regular basis. Your habitual nutritional lifestyle. The over-riding contributor to weight gain is sugar. I’m not just talking candy bars and cookies. All carbohydrates break down into sugars. Some faster than others, but all end up as simple sugars.
The reason adding more activity can help keep those extra inches off is because intense activity uses stored sugar for energy. This is why competitive athletes can usually eat whatever they want and still look like lean, mean fighting machines.
So What’s The Best Way To Eliminate Those Stubborn Inches?
There is no magic formula that works for everyone. You have to experiment and find out what works best for you. I recommend an incremental approach since dramatic off-the-deep-end approaches often fail.
Eliminate as much sugar from your diet as possible. Start with the really junky stuff like sodas and sweets. See if that has the effect you want. If things aren’t progressing or are progressing too slow eliminate the starchy carbs. Now let’s pause a second on that not happening fast enough bit.
If you’re seeing change, it’s probably better to not get greedy and go for the 6 inches lost in a month plan. When you drop a lot of body weight quickly, you’re likely to end up feeling pretty crappy until your body processes all the extra toxins out. Slow and steady is a much more pleasant transition.
Once you’ve reached your goal body, start slowly experimenting with adding more sugars back into your diet. If you notice you feel crappy or start putting inches back on, you know you’ve added too many carbs and need to cut back again. Remember, building a healthier body is a lifestyle change!
Everyone will tolerate sugars differently so go slowly. What works for you probably won’t be what works for your best friend. Keep experimenting and before too long you’ll almost instinctively know what you can get away with!