"I'm not able to lose weight."
It’s understandable why many feel this way. I’ve encountered more than one tearful fitness-seeker who, after trying for months, was simply ready to give up and admit that they “can’t lose weight.”
The truth is that everyone can lose weight. The problem is that there are so many factors that influence how quickly and easily weight is lost—everything from genetic predispositions, to depression, to a hectic work schedule, to poverty can make weight loss goals seem impossible to reach. But keep to hope. You can achieve your goals.
I always recommend finding a good personal trainer. They’re trained and ready to evaluate you as a whole person, flaws, strengths, and all, and to put you on the best fitness program for you, personally. But I also know that this can be expensive, so in lieu of hiring a trainer, I recommend a bit of self-examination if you feel that you absolutely cannot lose weight.
Do this by keeping a nutrition journal. Write down what you eat, and the calorie content. Include everything. Every bite. Add up those calories at the end of the day.
More than you thought, huh?
That’s where most people go wrong—underestimating how much they eat in a day. Medical issues aside, even if you cannot control any other aspect of your day, you can control how much you eat. Pay attention to it. One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories. Our bodies burn about 1,500 to 2,500—depending on age, gender, height, and weight—of those calories just by being alive. Keep yourself in a calorie deficit, and you’ll lose weight.
If you still have problems, consult your doctor, and collaborate to find out what is making your weight loss so difficult—I guarantee it’s a problem that can be overcome.