February 13, 2013

Stop Calling Weight Loss Simple!

I have read at least two blog posts in the last couple days from people who said something like the following:

"All I did were these simple techniques and the weight just came off."

Well fucking lucky for you that you were able to apply "simple" techniques such as eating less and taking a walk around the block at night and magically lost weight.

Imagine for a second having issues with weight management YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. Being called "thunder thighs" in jr. high (true story). Having a guy dump you because you gained weight (yup. also a true story). Imagine for a moment someone who applied these oh so simple techniques with NO RESULTS. Frustrating, right? Welcome to my world. Welcome to the world of so many others that I know who have/are struggling too.

I truly believe there is not one all-encompassing weight loss tactic that works for all people. I am not a dietitian or a personal trainer, but in my many (MANY!) years of trying to lose weight, I believe that everyone is different. What works for you will not work for me and what worked for me is probably not going to work for someone else.

Every program out there needs to deal with the larger population as a whole (no pun intended). So how do you find the program that is going to work for you? You have to keep trying. You have to know when to walk away from something that isn't working and try something different. A lot of people think Medifast is a fad diet. While that may be true in some ways, it was THE ONLY program that worked for me after a lot of years to lose a lot of weight. For me, it wasn't a "finish the program and move on" thing for me. I will need to have ongoing tools and support for the rest of my life. While Weight Watchers did not work as a weight loss program for me, it has worked perfectly at helping me to maintain and for that reason alone, I will continue to pay for my monthly online access as long as it continues to keep me on track.

My point is... It's just not SIMPLE. So, please PLEASE stop calling weight loss simple. If that were true, everyone would be skinny and there wouldn't be such an obesity epidemic. I am happy that your weight loss was easy. I am jealous that all you had to do was eat less and go for a walk around the block.

All your easy journey does is make me feel sad and resentful. Why can't this be easy for me? Why couldn't I just lose the weight and have it stay off? Why does this forever have to feel like so much work? Why can't it be SIMPLE for me, too?

For the most part, I have accepted that weight management will never be simple for me. I will always have to work hard against my genetics and against my anti-carb metabolism. Healthy living will have to be a part of my world forever if I want to remain a size 8. Will I screw up? Absolutely. Will I have to work double time make up for it? Yup. Welcome to my every single day.

So please, if you are one of those people who found your weight loss to be easy, can you just lie to me instead?

Thanks!

3 comments:

  1. Amen-I couldn't agree more. Wouldn't it be great if it was so easy

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  2. I love the Team Beachbody workouts, but I have never heard them called
    "simple." What you won't hear, and this is the truth, is, "I followed the program and the weight came off after I busted my ass getting out of bed at 4:30 a.m. five days a week to strain, grunt and groan through a workout program. I did it every f*cking day despite being sore from the workout the day before, and on the days when I really really wanted to hit the snooze button, I didn't, I dragged my sorry *ss out of bed and did it again. I pushed my body to its limits and was so damn proud of how much I'd accomplished that it was enough to make me get up and do it again the next day."

    It takes WORK to lose weight, and even more work to keep it off. But if anyone ever told you how fricking hard it was they wouldn't sell a single fitness product.

    Try not to be discouraged -- it's work and it feels like it most days!

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