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  • Writer's pictureJessica Gerlock

Losing Weight is Simple, but Not Easy

Most people get overwhelmed with the idea of losing weight. Most people not knowing where/how to begin, either don’t do it in a healthy way or don’t even bother trying. Making it simple, healthy weight loss when broken down is a very simple process but not an easy one. To achieve your long term weight loss goals, you need to change your mindset and have willpower to avoid the temptations in the world around you. That is the hard part. As someone who has personally lost over 100 pounds and have been able to keep it off for over 5 years, I am going to break it down for you.

First off, there are many ways to lose weight, but not all ways are healthy or maintainable. Any type of weight loss comes from a calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is when you consume less calories than your body burns. If you want to achieve your calorie deficit in a healthy way it all comes down to three key components: healthier food choices, eating in moderation and exercise. It is that simple. So if it is so simple why are the obesity rates rising and lifestyle related diseases such as Diabetes type ll becoming more prevalent in the younger demographics? The reason is because it is not easy.

The easy part of the weight loss journey is doing some research into healthier food choices and/or speaking with a health professional. The hard work is to be self motivated, have self discipline and willpower, to be able to avoid the temptations around you which are inevitable. Being able to stay committed to yourself and to a weight loss plan and actually be consistent seems to be impossible and intimidating at first to most people which is why some people don’t even bother. It is much easier to pick up fast food and not go to the gym but that will only lead to more health issues later on.

As a Certified Personal Trainer, I can give you all the fitness and healthy lifestyle advice and give you the best fitness program, but if you are not going to follow it and commit to yourself in your exercise and your eating then you are only doing a disservice to yourself. I have told countless clients that I am only with them a few hours a week, and it is what they do when I am not there that really is the hard work.

Losing weight and keeping it off is never easy. Breaking down any healthy weight loss success comes down to a calorie deficit caused by making healthier food choices, eating in moderation and exercise. Incorporating those three components in your daily routine will give you the results you are looking for. It is also important to remember that every body is different and the speed of people’s metabolisms are all different so weight loss for every person will happen at a different pace. Weight loss is a life long journey, not a sprint. Take your time, be consistent, and believe in yourself. Stay strong!

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