Excuses Not to Lose Weight

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1. I don’t know where to begin.

The process of losing weight can seem like rocket science in the beginning. But here’s the truth: You don’t need to have an advanced degree or set of special qualifications to start getting fit and shedding pounds. All you need to do is ask for help. I don’t care if you ask me, read books, watch YouTube videos, ask your friends or family who have lost weight, or ask a stranger. Just ask. Everyone in your life who cares about you, will try to help. They may not know how, but they will try. Use that love as a motivation to change.

2. I have too much weight to lose.

Good, look at it as a challenge not an excuse. The more overweight you are the greater accomplishment when you succeed. Yes, it’s daunting. Yes, it may take years. But what is your alternative? Decades of health complications and stress caused by your weight?

No matter how much you are overweight I guarantee you someone else lost an equal or greater amount of fat. You are not special. Thousands of people are equally overweight. It was their choice (and your choice) to gain the weight. Now it’s your option to lose it.

“I have too much weight to lose” is a self-defeating statement, If you need inspiration read or watch YouTube! There are no lack of stories by people who had more weight to lose than you and were successful in their efforts. Use these success stories as inspiration and confirmation that your goals are possible. Find a person or a story you empathize with. Everyone comes from a different background. My story may not relate to you at all. But the stories of my client may.

Try re-framing your thoughts: Instead of focusing on an end result that feels light years away, focus on making small changes that will carry you — slowly but surely — toward a healthier version of yourself.  Celebrate progress over perfection.

3. I’m too old.

You’re never too old to start taking control of your health. Strength, agility, and energy aren’t perks limited to the young. The human body is designed to adapt, and it retains that ability right up until the moment the heart stops beating, That means no matter how old or unfit you are, your body is always ready to improve its condition,

Again, you are not the first older person to initiate change. Thousands have before you. Learn through their example and set the example for others around you like your family and friends.

Once you make a few easy changes to your routine, you’ll realize that your ability to adapt, learn, and challenge yourself isn’t incumbent on your age.

4. My schedule is too busy right now.

First, bullshit!

Who sets your schedule? Are you not in control of your activities in your own life? Let’s be brutally honest. Every decision you have made in your life in the past was your choice. Every decision you make today and in the future is your decision. Your schedule is YOUR schedule. YOU choose.

Here’s an unfortunate truth: Life will always be busy. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that it may become even busier as time goes on, and your commitments and responsibilities increase.

Don’t wait for some ideal, arbitrary future time to start taking charge of your health. You can’t lose weight in the future, ever. You can only ever do it in the present!

Weight loss requires changes in behavior that, if you are not willing to make right now, you can’t ever make in the future. This is why if you are not ready for change, I’m not ready or willing to help you regardless of money.

5. I don’t know how to eat healthy.

Really? I don’t even know where to start with this excuse. There are at least 100,000 books on the subject and you could use common sense. If this is your excuse, you are not ready to change, do not contact me.

6. I don’t have time to cook nutritious meals.

See answer to #4 above.

7. My family doesn’t like healthy food.

Too bad for them! It’s time to get real. Does your family like you being unhealthy? Does your family not support your goal to lose weight? If yes, why?

What example are you setting by providing unhealthy food to your family?

8. I’m too stressed to think about exercising.

No Problem. You do not HAVE to exercise. I do recommend walking, everyone walks anyway. However, it’s your choice. I’m not interested in exercising myself. I didn’t pick up a single weight for over a year and still lost 75 lbs (in that year, my total weight loss > 125 lbs). Exercise is great and healthy, but only if you are ready for it mentally and physically. If you are not ready you will not receive the full benefit. Wait until you are ready, but don’t wait too long.

9. It’s hard to eat healthy when I eat out.

I understand. I have an alternative viewpoint than most weight loss specialists. If you are confident in your progress and can maintain your eating habits without struggle, and eating out is not a daily occurrence, ENJOY IT. Eat what you want. Yes, if you are using the Keto method you will probably fall out of Ketosis for a day or two. However, using the tools you will learn it will not be an issue.

Or consider it a challenge. Look at the menu and see what is close to your preferred diet. Ask the waiter for substitutions, order extra or less of something. Eat what you can, spend less time with the food and more time with the people at the meal.

10. I’m too tired to exercise.

See answer to #8

11. I don’t want to give up all my favorite foods.

Again, look at this change in your life as a temporary challenge. Sure you may need to skip the mac and cheese for a while. But if you truly change and get to a healthy weight you can bring it back into your diet.

Losing weight doesn’t mean giving up everything you enjoy. In fact, that kind of self-imposed restriction might make it more difficult for you to sustain healthy eating habits in the long-term.

12. Working out isn’t fun.

Exercising shouldn’t be a chore. If you don’t enjoy it, you haven’t found the right type of exercise, workout program, or trainer for your fitness level and personality.

Again, this is outside of normal advice, but “if you don’t enjoy the exercise, don’t do it!” Work on your mind and your diet first. Lose some lbs and take the stress off your joints and your heart and you may surprise yourself. Your body may actually want to exercise.

I would hope that walking is something you can manage, even if it’s just parking on the opposite side of the mall and walking the extra 100 yards to the store.

Also see #8 and #10