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The Real Reason You’re Fat

I remember as a fat person asking myself, time and time again, “Why am I fat?” Of curse, there is not just one answer to this question. It is not a reason, but several. I don’t have the time or the desire to go every possible reason, but I want to cover two basic reasons that I think are fundamental to why many people cannot reach or maintain a healthy weight.

Bad Information

The first of these two reasons is bad information. The worst information out there is that weight loss is a mater of calories in verses calories out.

It is surprising to me that so many people still believe this and try to implement it no matter how many times it has failed them in the past. I guess I cannot be too surprised since I was one of them for many years. That is to say that I believed that if I just reduced my calories and exercised more I would lose weight. But this never worked.

Of course I would often lose weight when I first started a diet, but eventually I would gain it all back and then some. Why did these diets not work? Because I was hungry. And while I could reduce my intake of food for a while, my hunger would eventually catch up to me and I would overeat.

Also, the types of foods I was suppose to eat did nothing to curb my cravings. When I finally did break down and eat, I would eat all the wrong foods.

This all stopped, for the most part, when I learned that weight loss was primarily controlled by hormones. When I started eating toward hormonal balance, I lost weight and I had a major reduction of cravings.

Motivation 

The second reason comes down to what we really want out of life. Please do not misunderstand me on this point. I am not saying that overweight people like being overweight. I know I didn’t. And I wished every day for a new body. But what it took to get a new body was not as motivating as what it takes to get and remain fat.

Let’s face it. It’s pretty easy to do the things that make us overweight. And, for the most part, people like doing those things too.

But the reason why I changed is that the pain of being overweight started to outweigh (no pun intended) the pleasure of what it takes to be overweight. As a result of this shift, I found the discipline it took to lose weight.

And the truth is that it comes down to discipline and not necessarily “motivation.” I was not always motivated to workout. I was not always motivated to restrain my sweet tooth. I did it when I did not want to. That’s discipline and that is what it takes to lose and maintain a healthy weight.

Final Question 

So what do you think might be holding you back? And what will it take for you to make the change? Leave a comment and let me know!

Preparing for the Holiday Season

Summer is over, and these next few months can be challenging if you are trying to stay in shape. Let’s face it, it is going to be colder and darker. That is going to make it less enjoyable to get up and go to the gym and workout. Also, there are going to be many temptations with what to eat. What should you do?

First thing is realize that there is always going to be temptation no matter what time of year it is. There is always going to be a reason to cheat on your diet or not go to the gym. This is true for winter as well as summer. There will always be holiday’s, birthday’s, new restaurants to go to etc. And once you realize this, you can see that this time of year is not that different from any other time of year.

Next, don’t be afraid to adjust. You may prefer to run outside while the weather is warm. But now that it is cooling off, you do not have to quit, just run on a tread mill at a gym. Or spend the next few months working on indoor activities.

Finally, not everyday has to be a cheat day. Yes there are many more holidays during this time of year. That is why they call this the holiday season. But you do not have to cheat between the holidays.

The truth is, you do not have to repeat the same behavior that many do year after year. They do not lose the weight they say they are going to lose over the summer, then, in discouragement, say to themselves, “well it’s the holidays, I’ll just get back on it after the new year.” But how often does that work?

Break the cycle and accept the truth that you can be in even better shape by January 2nd than you are now! The holidays season is upon us. What will your decision be?

Beating Your Cravings (Audio)

New episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast that you WILL want to listen to. I know you have struggled with cravings. I have too and I have learned to overcome them. Find out how:

Best Fat Burning Exercise, Fit For Summer, and Free Offer (Audio)

Hey everyone,

This is a new episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast. I talk about the best exercise for fat burning as well as a fit for summer group I’m interested in starting…..and a free offer!

But the offer ends as well as the ability to be in the group in 7 days (April 7th, 2017)!

Enjoy!

Common Gym Mistakes (Audio)

A new episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast is now up. In this episode I talk about common mistakes that people make at the gym. Some of these mistakes can ruin your time there and completely impede your progress. Which ones are your making? Find out here

http://amindforfitness.libsyn.com/dont-ruin-your-time-at-the-gym

What Intermittent Fasting Does to Your Body (Audio)

A new episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast is now up. In this episode, Eian talks about what IF does to your body. And whether or not carbs are good or bad. Enjoy.

Make Your Intermittent Fasting Effortless (Audio)

A new episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast is now up. In this episode, Eian Carlin gives four ways to make your Intermittent fasting easy and effortless. Enjoy

Best Books On Weight Loss (Audio)

A new episode of the podcast is now up. In this episode, I talk about the best books on diet, exercise, and mental fortitude when it comes to reaching your goal weight. Enjoy!

The Art of Dieting Without Dieting (Audio)

Have a new episode of A Mind For Fitness Podcast. In this episode I interview Byron Morrison. Byron Morrison is the author of the book ‘Become a Better You’ and founder of Tailored Lifestyles. His work is all about helping as many people as possible live healthier, happier lives, as they make maintainable changes to the way they eat, think, move and live. Byron has himself lost 50 pounds and has an amazing story! You can find out more at www.tailoredlifestyles.co.uk Enjoy!

 

Fit Mind Fat Mind

One of the things that astonishes me about my transformation from being fat to being fit is the way I now think. Not only did I go though a physical metamorphosis but I also whent though a mental one as well. Here are two topics contrasting the way I thought as a fat person to how I now think as a fit person.

Thinking About My Next Meal

As an overweight person, I use to worry about food particularly about my next meal. I was like a junkie worrying about his next fix. Part of the problem is that a lot of my happiness came from food.

Another aspect of the problem is that I was always hungry. Eating processed food that are also high in carbohydrates will raise and lower your blood sugar rapidly leaving you hungry more often. So of course I was always thinking about my next meal.

I’m still a foodie. I love to eat and enjoy most of my meals. However, I generally do not think about food until I’m hungry.

Also, I do not look to food as a primary source of happiness. That is to say, I do not look to food as a way to change my state or comfort me when I’m feeling sad. Now I much more look to exercise and other resources to change my state.

Worrying About “Wasting” Food

When I was overweight I was constantly concerned about finishing my plate. I viewed throwing food away even if I was full as a waste. So instead I would stuff myself.

I grew up hearing about starving children in China who would love eat what I threw away. Feeding the poor is a serious matter and I’m not trying to make light of it in any way. However, me overeating does not do one thing to help starving children. It only makes me fat.

I no longer worry about wasting food. This is not to say that I frivolously make extra food just to throw it away. In fact, I generally eat most of what is on my plate. But I do not try to stuff myself if I’m full.

The reason I no longer worry about throwing away excess food is that I had somewhat of an epiphany a few years ago. I realized that if you are overweight, then I am wasting food if I eat past satiety. It is not going to use; It is going to fat. So I decided that I could either throw excess food in the trash can I wear (fat cells), or I could through it in the trash can I don’t wear.

Final Thoughts 

Changing your thinking is sometimes more difficult than changing your habits. But the truth is all change starts in the mind. Today challenge yourself to think like a fit person. If you do, you will eventually act like a fit person.