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Why It’s Hard To Get Fit And Lose Weight

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In a perfect world, it would be easy to get fit and lose weight.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.

There’s wars, terrorism, corruption, poverty and the list goes on.

But today, I want to talk to you about why it’s not a simple thing to just lose weight and get fit.

This will be the first of 2 or 3 articles covering a few areas I want to get you to think about.

So before I waffle on, let’s jump in.

Does Our Environment Encourage Us To Stay Out Of Shape?

If you’re currently trying to lose weight, you’re working on eating better and moving more.

The moving more comes from exercises, walks, or just being generally more active during each day.

Simple things like parking further away, taking the stairs over the lift or making a conscious effort to move.

But with modern society, we’ve got to a level where everything is of major convenience.

Not just in the way we move, but also our choices of food.

The next time you walk into a shop, take note of what is in front of you the most.

It’s generally lots of processed, high calorie foods.

Fruit and veg aisles are cornered off with confectionery that’s on offer.

Every till has a selection of chocolate, crisps and sweets along by it.

So as you queue to pay for you groceries, they’re just there, looking at you, wanting you.

And the longer the queue, the more likely you will break and bring one with you.

It’s all smart product positioning by companies.

Apparently, crisps and small bars are also put at lower levels so kids will pick them up as they wait on mammy or daddy.

They prey on the vulnerable and do everything they possibly can to ensure you leave the shops with their products.

As the years roll by, more and more junk food is on offer in shops.

They’re no longer confined to one aisle.

Literally everywhere you look there indulgent temptations there.

Which is an absolute nightmare if you’re trying to drop a few pounds and get fit.

You really need to hit the supermarket with blinkers on.

Keep the head down and rush in, get what you need and rush back out.

Temptation Is Everywhere

Not just our food shopping, but everywhere you look, advertisements are running for fast food takeaways and all sorts of chocolate etc.

Ever see an ad and just think to yourself – “I’d love that right now”.

This means that the broccoli and chicken in the fridge that needs cooking becomes less appealing.

Instead, you can just pick up the phone and get a takeaway delivered to your door.

It’s always displayed in the most appealing fashion.

And this makes you think of how pleasurable it would be to eat that right now.

Meals out are also tough.

You’ve no control over portion size, how it’s cooked etc.

We also succumb to social pressure to not the that odd one eating a salad at dinner.

And once you ditch the salad for a pizza you’ll soon have dessert in front of you too.

Why This Causes Your Downfall

When it comes to all of this, it’s generally high calorie foods that are always on display and marketed to us.

These are delicious, high calorie foods with little nutritional value.

They’re loaded with sugar and fat and rarely make us feel full.

It’s kind of why bars of chocolate have slowly increased to the size of an envelope now, yet are always on offer for €2.

Sure you will never pick up the small bar when you can get much bigger for a few cent more.

Yet, we are all well capable of polishing off that bar all by ourselves.

Hello calories, goodbye weight loss.

Companies don’t care about your health or weight loss goals.

They just want you to put money in their pockets.

And that’s why they will always find new ways to keep their product in front of you.

You never see an ad and think – “I would demolish that bag of spinach if I got the chance”.

Instead, you see an ad for McDonalds and that little voice in your head says – “do it!!”.

Certain foods can also be guilty by association.

We’re conditioned to eating them based on events.

Think of the cinema and you soon imagine popcorn and malteasers.

Dinner with friends? Wine or a beer.

Sitting in watching Netflix? Pizza.

There are a lot of foods that we are conditioned into eating where just the thought of the activity makes us think of the product.

And it all ends up increasing your calorie intake which stalls your weight loss.

Why It’s Hard To Get Fit And Lose Weight (But It’s Not Your Fault)

So if you’re trying to lose weight and get fit, the odds are stacked against you.

Everywhere you look and go you’re greeted with highly enjoyable food that can derail your progress.

When shopping, you really need to go searching for the foods you want, whereas cereals and junk food are so readily accessible.

You most definitely need to go in with a plan of action.

And it takes lots of willpower too.

But I’m going to write something a bit different about that over the weekend.

Besides food, we’ve evolved to become much less active.

Our jobs are more desk based and we must plan how to be active on a weekly basis.

We have more TV shows and films than ever before, all accessible on a device in our pocket.

We don’t even need to get up to change channel on the Tv.

Washing machines, dishwashers, tumble dryers etc all make our lives easier.

We have such conveniences now thanks to modern technology that in order to get fit, we really need to make a concerted effort to get out and move.

With such busy lives, it can be hard to do so also.

Things just aren’t as simple as they used to be.

However, we owe it to ourselves to do it.

Because in the long term, our health and wellbeing relies on it.

We can watch Netflix all we want and eat takeaways, but they’re never going to add longevity to our lives.

Instead, they ever so slowly inch us that bit closer to poor health, zero fitness and a life with no adventure.

Keep On Going

So to those of you currently undergoing a diet and fitness regime, I salute you.

Keep it up, regardless of whether you have a good or bad week.

Every week is another step closer to making a breakthrough.

While we all want to look amazing tomorrow, I want you to live a good life by being healthy and having fun.

Work on improving your food choices meal by meal, drink more water and move more.

And become more aware of those triggers that make you want to binge on food that won’t serve your goals.

It’s about building momentum and making small changes that will end up giving you great long term results.

So just keep doing what you’re doing.

You will get there.


Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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