Have you ever asked yourself ‘why am i fat?‘
Have you been struggling to lose weight most of your life?
It’s clear that many people already know a lot about dieting. But, why do so many find it difficult to lose weight, or indeed maintain any weight lost?
There are many possible answers to this questions, but few certainties!
For sure there are those who suffer from medical conditions, which prevents them losing significant amounts of weight. But, setting that aside for now, here are a few other possibilities.
Why am I fat? Well, let’s see…
#1 You skip breakfast
Studies show that those who consume breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight. Check out 25 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for a fresh perspective on what to eat.
#2 You starve yourself
Many of the ‘why am I fat’ people go on waves of guilt. If you do this, then you’ll know that you start depriving yourself of food in an attempt to lose weight, is counter productive.
If you miss meals, food tends to get stored up, therefore metabolism slows down, which is the total opposite of what you want to happen!
Eating small, regular meals is much more effective for most people.
#3 You eat in response to emotions
If you get stressed by the things that go on in your life, try writing about them in a journal. Expressing your thoughts is one of the best ways to deal with them.
Do you have particular trigger situations? How can you deal with this in the future without resorting to food? Instead of just thinking negative thoughts and asking ‘why am I fat’, write about this, too.
#4 You don’t plan ahead
What would you like to achieve? You should note down 1 or 2 specific, realistic goals, which you display in a prominent place, and then read over frequently to help you stay focused.
Check out Getting SMART with Goal Setting for more tips.
#5 Your home is packed to the brim with unhealthy foods
Is it more like temptation city, than a haven of healthy foods? Okay, if that’s the case, you can change it!
Get rid of the junk, and replace it with healthy foods you enjoy (or re-train your taste buds to enjoy).
But, remember to allow yourself a treat now and again – healthy eating isn’t about excluding all your favourite foods, it’s about getting the proportions right.
#6 You eat too fast
Do you eat so fast your stomach barely has time to signal the need to stop?
Try chewing each bite, and putting down your fork between mouthfuls. Remember that TV watching can lead to unconscious overeating, so instead sit at the table, and try to become more familiar with your hunger state.
#7 You’re too lazy
Come on challenge me on this one! What activities do you enjoy? What skills would you like to improve? Try putting extra effort into all of your daily activities for accelerated calorie burning, and better quality of life long-term.
#8 Other things take up your time
What do you spend most of your day doing? Are you a full-time mom, a pro blogger, or a business exec? It’s possible that you simply don’t have enough time to get healthy. How can you change that? Is it an organisational skills problem, or something else?
#9 You don’t have hobbies
What does your spare time consist of? Is it taken up with watching TV, or sitting at your computer? What can you do instead? How about taking up a new hobby, walking to your friends house, or perhaps taking the kids to the park more often?
It doesn’t have to be something particularly energetic, just something you enjoy, it’s better than being parked in front of the telly all evening, right?
#10 You’re too confident
Do you drop 10 or 20 pounds, then start thinking you’re a “Weight Loss” champion? Next thing you know, you’re back on the pizza and beer, and rapidly gaining back what you lost.
How can you avoid this yo-yo scenario in the future? Well, it’s simply about goal setting.
So, with each 10 pounds you drop, reassess your diet, and set new goals for the coming weeks, rather than slackening off on your new healthier habits.
#11 You have a negative attitude
Believing that you can change is really important. If you tell yourself you can’t succeed, you won’t – simple as that! Empower yourself by thinking positively, and believing that you really can reach your goals.
Begin by putting a stop fo silly questions like, ‘why am I fat’.
#12 “Tomorrow” never seems to come!
Remember, weight loss is a journey, and unfortunately it doesn’t become any easier if you wait. So, why not get the most difficult part over with right now by starting today?
#13 You just don’t care enough
I actually already know this isn’t true – you wouldn’t have reached the bottom of the page if it were. So, it’s time to start taking care of your body!
What are your goals for achieving a healthier lifestyle?
I’d love to hear from you – what difficulties do you have? What would help you overcome some of your weight loss struggles?
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily!” - ZIGLAR