Three Reasons Why It’s Harder To Lose Weight Than You Thought

Three Reasons Why It’s Harder To Lose Weight Than You Thought

The whole purpose of this show was to be a journal of me losing weight. I did it in my twenties (lost over 20 lbs) and now I was going to do it again…. or so I thought. If you were able to lose weight in the past, but you're struggling now here are some things to consider.

  1. The Older Your Get – The More Muscle You Lose

Man doesn't this stink? Even if you ate the exact same amount of calories, your muscles deteriorate (and those muscles burn calories).

2. We are Eating More Chemicals Than We Did in 1988

A new study examined the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the physical activity data of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. They grouped the data sets together by the amount of food and activity, age, and BMI. A given person, in 2006, eating the same amount of calories, taking in the same quantities of macronutrients like protein and fat, and exercising the same amount as a person of the same age did in 1988 would have a BMI that was about 2.3 points higher. In other words, people today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans. One of the reasons is we are eating more chemicals in our food including Pesticides, flame retardants, and others that are messing with our hormones. 

3. We Are Eating Anti-Depressants Like They Are M&Ms

Use of prescription drugs has risen since the 70's through the 80's and on up. “Mother's little helper” has been linked to weight gain. Anybody see the catch 22? You're depressed so the doctor prescribes pills that make you gain weight.

Here are some more cold hard facts: Between 1971 and 2008, BMI, total caloric intake and carbohydrate intake increased 10–14%, and fat and protein intake decreased 5–9%. Between 1988 and 2006, frequency of leisure time physical activity increased 47–120%

What is Going On?

Write this down, our guts are out of whack. We are digesting endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. In a nutshell these are hormone disrupting chemicals. According to a story by Rodale Wellnes, There are about 900 identified hormone-disrupting chemicals on the market, and they are commonly found in food packaging, plastics, pesticides, cosmetics, detergents, home and lawn care products, industrial pollutants, and other places. Studies in the U.S. find more than 100 hormone disruptors in umbilical cord blood samples, indicating that fetuses and neonates are regularly exposed to many.”

The endocrine system consists of glands located throughout the body whose job is to manufacture hormones that are released into the bloodstream or the fluid of surrounding cells. These chemical in a nutshell, “throw everything out of whack.” Sometimes we end up taking hormones that make the body over-compensate, and in the end everything turns to crap. 

How Do We Fix it?

Well here again, I'm not a doctor, or a trainer. I'm just a guy who is currently down 10 lbs and seems to be on a roll. How? I quit eating crap. I eat a huge breakfast, a smaller lunch, and a fair sized dinner (I want the majority of my calories to be eaten in the morning/afternoon). I don't eat two hours before bed time (water is OK). I eat vegetables (grape tomatoes RULE), and fruit.

The one thing I'm doing that I was never able to do it before is be consistent.

How Can I Be More Consistent?

I get up earlier and eat more. I plan the night before (and sometimes the week before) and I purchased a cooler so I always have my food with me (I travel for my job). If I'm stranded away from my food, I look for a grocery store – not a fast food joint.” I'm not 100%, but by eating real food, and cutting out food that is more chemical than nutrition, I'm heading toward my goal quickly.

Do I always like what I eat? Not always, but I wasn't always thrilled eating the 3rd McMuffin of the week either. I do know that when I step on the scale and it goes down I'm thrilled (and everything was worth it. ).

It's the Food

My biggest weight loss came when I change my food (not my exercise). The minute I cut the crap out of my life my weight started going down.

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