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Weight Loss Can Be A B*tch

weight lossEvery day, you’ll see posts on social media saying that weight loss is easy and we should all hold hands together and dance away into the sunset to eternal happiness with a sexy body.

My job today is to not blow smoke up your ass and tell you it’s all simple. Instead, I’m gonna keep it real (feel free to picture me as Ali G).

No amount of motivational quotes will make you lose weight. You have to step up to the plate and do the work.

In reality, weight loss can be a right b*tch.

You’ll have good weeks and bad weeks.

You’ll lose weight, you’ll gain weight.

You’ll struggle with food, you’ll do well with food.

Sometimes you’ll want to give up, other times you’re determined to make it happen.

 

 

The fundamentals of weight loss won’t change. You need to expend more energy than you consume.

Calories In < Calories Out

However, it’s not that simple.

We’re all human.

We live by emotions, we have jobs, money worries, families and a life to get on with.

If it were that simple, everyone would be walking around ripped.

For a lot of people, if they’re stressed, worried or feeling down they can turn to junk food to relieve it and give them some form of enjoyment.

Where you work impacts your food choices. Have a nice canteen that serves chips with every meal? Not easy to say no to that every day ( I know, I’ve worked in places like that). Maybe you work on the road and find it hard to make the right food choices.

Your weekly budget has a big impact too. Let’s be honest, times have been quite sh*t in Ireland the last few years so money has had to be redirected to important things instead of buying organic steak and broccoli.

Thankfully, there are plenty of budget friendly options when correct planning is done (ya know, the bit where you walk around the shop staring at a list)

And then there’s families. The kids want chicken nuggets, you need to eat chicken and veg and the wife/husband wants to have lasagna. You can’t possibly go shopping for 3 different meals to suit everyone. The other side is that going on a strict diet can slowly start to separate you from family time. People spend less and less time actually eating dinner together and having conversations so your diet should not remove you from that little bit you get.

That’s just your life outside the gym.

Inside the gym, there’s a whole world of options to aid your weight loss goals. It’s not always easy to pick the right one.

A common one is people joining a gym only to be shown how to use the treadmill and then they never get assistance again.

If you’re in a gym for more than a year and you haven’t seen progress then you really need to assess what you’re doing and see what can be done better.

One of the exact reasons why I opened my gym was to do the opposite of this.

If you’re committing 3 hours of your time to hitting the gym, I want to make sure you’re making the most of it and getting results from it.

So no more being left in a corner on your own. No more treadmills (I don’t have any). No more feeling lonely in the gym.

No more endless hours of cardio (ya know where you jump on the treadmill for 20 mins, then the bike for 20 followed by 3 planks and off home) without ever really knowing if what you’re doing is getting you results.

Instead, you can undo any niggles, learn how to use your own body effectively, lift weights to tone up, look and feel better while also shredding fat.

And our nutritional coaching works on ensuring you don’t need to switch off your life just to drop weight.

A proper diet and training plan should work on creating more satisfaction from your life, enhance your moods and confidence, transform your body and mind while still suiting your lifestyle or with minimal changes (now don’t get me wrong, if you’re eating pizza and drink beer 7 nights a week then you better be prepared to change).

So weight loss can be a b*tch.

It’s not as simple as drinking a magic shake and dropping kilos a day.

It takes commitment, consistency and persistence to make radical changes to your physique.

It’s not all rainbows and puppies.

You will fall off the wagon.

You will have nights out.

You will feel like you’re getting nowhere.

You will eat junk food every now and again.

But the main thing is to accept what you’re doing (don’t go pretending the pizza and chocolate never happened) and keep working towards being more consistent, improving your relationship with food and above all else, enjoy the journey.

I firmly believe that the sooner you pull the wool from over your eyes, the sooner you can take account of what needs to be done and where you need help.

Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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