No Such Thing As Easy Weight Loss
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No Such Thing As Easy Weight Loss

Working out and dieting are surprisingly hard. Although we live in a world where instant gratification is the most sought after solution, this is impossible where weight loss is concerned. Nobody has the ability to lose weight easily as much as media outlets tell us we do. It is going to be hard, it's going to hurt, but you will be all the better for it in the end.

In 2009, I had been happily married for eight years. One thing that generally comes along with a happy marriage for both men and women is "comfortable weight gain." I learned this terminology in college when taking a nutrition class, and it is an actual term that many doctors use to explain weight gain that happens within the first decade of a happy relationship. At first, I was quite happy to know that this is a condition so common that it has it's own name; but this elation was short lived as I came to terms with the reality of my weight.

When I married my wife I was a stout 6' tall with a walking around weight of 165 lbs. My wife was convinced that I was starving and took to feeding me several times a day. Eight years into my marriage I was 200 lbs. and still eating several meals a day, as this had become my routine. It wasn't only the number of times a day that I was eating, it was also the food selection and the portions. My diet was carb rich and high in sugary drinks. I often chose coffe and soda over water, and substituted cookies for more healthy alternatives like fruits and vegetables.

I started out my weight loss adventure by doing things like eating less, and walking. I lost about ten pounds within a month, and then nothing for the following month. Desperate to understand my inability to lose weight, I began researching weight loss, and eventually had a sit down with a professional trainer. When I sat down with the trainer I was amazed at the things I learned.

"The underlying issue with weight loss in America is a lack of motivation and a lack of effort." This was the first thing I was told by the fitness guru. "People think they're going to walk off 200 pounds. Walking is good, but your body adjusts to it so fast; if you're not continously changing the intensity of your workout, you're wasting your time." I also began looking for alternatives to gym memberships as I didn't want to get stuck in a contract, or pay the high price of a personal trainer.

Some of the many exercise programs I found included:

  1. Yoga
  2. Pilates
  3. Dance (various styles) your way thin

I'm sure that for some people, these options would have been a good way to take off some pounds. I however had a desire to not only lose weight, but I also wanted to look good. I had a great phobia of dropping 30 lbs. and having flesh in mass hanging from my frame. My goal was not only to lose weight, but also to define and build muscle. I opted for the more intense, muscle building program "P-90X." This prgram included a dietary guide, the entire exercise program and online support services.

When I began the program I was only able to to do about 15 push-ups at a time. I was determined to follow it through to the end, and accomplish my goal. By the end of the 90 day comittment required, I had lost 40 lbs. and developed large defined muscles in many places I didn't even know I had muscles.

Shortly after my weight loss I visited some family and friends and they were amazed by the weight loss and new found muscle definition. "How did you do it?" they all asked. When I told them about my six day per week regimin, many immediately turned away from the idea. "I don't have six days a week to dedicate to an exercise program."

I was amazed that everything I had been told by the professional trainer was true. Many people in the country simply do not recognize that there is no way to lose weight "easily." You can lose a small amount of weight for a very short time, but the reality is if you want a real change, you're going to have to work for it.

Don't be afraid to be sore. Work as hard as you can, and follow these steps:

  1. Learn to control your breathing during exercise.
  2. Drink a lot of water.
  3. Find a good multi vitamin and increase your calcium intake.
  4. Talk to your doctor before deciding on a program.
  5. Avoid "Fast Weight Loss" systems, there is no such thing.
  6. Learn to make it fun!
  7. Increase the intensity of your workouts weekly. If you ran 4 miles last week, try to get to five this week.

It is a long road, but highly rewarding.

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