Do you try to lose weight, but fail? Are you about ready to give up on losing weight altogether? Does it seem like you’re one of those people who can’t get by without steak and potatoes daily? Are you sick of skinny, happy people who love to exercise and only eat healthy food?
If you’ve tried and tried and tried to lose weight and get healthier … but can’t keep going for more than a few months at a time (then gain everything you lost — plus more — back), then we’ve got plenty in common.
I try to lose weight, but fail, too.
But I’m not a quitter. And if you’re not a quitter either … then there’s still hope for us. The only way to fail completely is to give up the weight-loss fight and act like we don’t care anymore.
That’s not us.
Why Do People Give Up the Fight and Give in to Obesity?
Listen, I know there are different body types and different struggles. Some people seem to have been born with an obesity gene that dooms them to being plus size forever. They may even feel like there’s no reason to even try to lose weight. It seems impossible. God loves them all, and so do I.
I also know that some people are happy being fat. They don’t want to lose weight. They prefer to eat what they want and don’t give a hoot about staying in shape. God loves them all, and so do I.
But most of the people I speak with aren’t happy with the extra weight and they have plenty of reasons to try to lose weight … they just can’t keep on course. They’ve tried diets, they’ve tried gym memberships, they’ve tried special eating clubs, they’ve tried all sorts of stuff … but nothing works for long.
I know EXACTLY how that feels. I’ve been a yo-yo dieter and yo-yo gym member for years. Make that “decades.” I come up with another way to try to lose weight, I work at it until I’m beginning to see results, I start feeling really good and my clothes began fitting better … then, I get off track, pig out for weeks, and go right back to the starting gate again.
Why do some people give up the fight and give in to obesity? I don’t think they do. Rather, I think they just adopt that posture because then they don’t have to explain anything, do anything, or change anything.
On the outside, they can act like it really doesn’t matter. But inside, they want to stick around to be there to watch their grandchildren grow. Inside, they want to get their energy back and be able to bend over to tie their shoes without doing acrobatics in the process.
Try to Lose Weight: Secrets to Success
Both of us have been around the block too many times to fake it here. We know what it feels like to be in decent physical condition, but the older we get the more the memory of those “glory days” fades. We look at photos of us in our twenties or thirties and think, “Why did I let myself go?”
From my own experience, there’s a boat load of cheeseburgers, milkshakes, french fries, candy bars, and ice cream under that fat. For some reason, the foods I love most are the ones most likely to pack on more pounds.
Let’s compare notes.
Here are three “weight-loss secrets” that could come in handy the next time you try to lose weight. They’re helping me right now:
- There’s always a “reason” to eat poorly. Birthdays, holidays, friends in town … something constantly comes up to throw me off my eating and exercise plan. Success requires me to stick to it and stop using circumstances to provide ready-made excuses.
- I do better with accountability than I do alone. If I know I’m going to have to tell a weight-loss buddy or weight-loss group that I’m floundering, I’m much more likely to stay strong. If it’s just me, it’s just me. I can tell myself I’ll get back on track tomorrow and then proceed to eat what I want to eat today. Nobody will know (yeah, right).
- Any weight-loss plan that includes eating reasonable amounts of nutritious food and getting off my butt to push myself a little physically will work. The primary factor is consistency, not content. The best thing for me today is to stop reading about diet and exercise and start getting a healthy diet and exercise. I know what to do. I use detail to avoid doing it.
Do you agree with those three pointers on weight loss? Do you disagree? Are there other weight-loss fundamentals you think are crucial? Talking doesn’t get it done, but trading perspectives can definitely be helpful. We’re in this battle together.
Wishing you great wisdom, stamina, and success.
— Don Sturgill