3 reasons why you can't lose weight
Michelle Bridges reminds you that exercise provides benefits beyond just the physical.
I am not suggesting that there are only three reasons why people struggle to lose weight. Far from it. In fact, there are lots of reasons, which is partly why we have an obesity crisis on our hands.
As with many professions, there are always common complaints. Highway patrol officers must get sick of hearing ‘I didn’t realise I was going that fast’, and tax accountants probably have to feign surprise when they hear ‘I didn’t have time to organise my receipts’ when the shoebox full of paper gets plonked on their desk.
Personally, I seem to hear ‘I’ve tried everything but nothing seems to work’ – and usually when I’m faced with someone who has clearly spent the last few years in a pretty good paddock! Coincidentally, this is exactly what every contestant tells me upon arrival in The Biggest Loser house!
So based on my experience, here are the top three reasons why you can’t lose that weight.
1. Your portions are too big
Here’s a little drill. Go and buy a nice piece of healthy salmon. Now take it home and weigh it. Salmon comes in at around two calories a gram, and I’m picking that a) the salmon weighs around 250g to 300g and that b) you would normally eat that much salmon in one sitting. I recommend around 150g of meat or fish at a sitting – most of us probably eat close to double that.
2. You’re not an intentional eater
We have a rule in our house that no one is allowed to eat unless they are seated at the table. If we didn’t have this rule I’d be a contestant on The Biggest Loser, not a trainer! Most excess calories are put on when we’re sitting on the couch doing what I call ‘unintentional’ eating, which is where we have the odd biscuit here and the odd soft drink there. By contrast, ‘intentional’ eating is where you a) think about what you’re going to eat, b) buy it, c) prepare it, d) cook it and e) eat it.
3. You’re getting older
I know, this isn’t something you want to hear but weight management gets trickier as we age, which is unfortunately from about 25 to 27 years old. This is because our metabolism (and the production of the hormones that help support it) slows down, and our ability to burn calories slows down with it. Couple this with the fact you’ve probably got more money to spend on food and alcohol and you’re burning your metabolic candle at both ends!
Maybe, just maybe, at the end of the day losing weight isn’t actually a priority for you. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong with it if you’re spending your life complaining about something that deep down you don’t have any intention of doing anything about.
Written by Michelle Bridges for the July Fit n Fast Magazine