It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge. Many people struggle with their weight all their lives, going through ups and downs as a result of chronic dieting or lack of exercise. For some, it’s a struggle that never ends, resulting in severe health issues. However, for others, the struggle is continuous and intense, and they never seem to find the right weight for themselves. What is going on here? Is there something different about these individuals that makes it so much harder for them to lose weight?
To find the answer, let’s first examine what causes people to gain weight in the first place. Sometimes, our eating habits are to blame. If a person eats more than they need, they are likely to put on weight. Also, if a person consumes empty calories, such as those from sugar, alcohol, or fast food, they will gain weight as well. Furthermore, some people are born with a weight problem, meaning that they are genetically predisposed to put on more pounds than others. This could be a cause of the weight gap between men and women.
These are just some of the factors that make it harder for some people to lose weight. However, there is another side to the story. If you are someone who has always been heavy and wants to change that, you can start by recognizing the key to weight loss. That is, you need to focus on eating healthier and more fruits and vegetables, as well as taking more walks and avoiding sugar, as these are all proven to help people lose weight. Furthermore, you should also try going to the doctor and getting a fitness assessment, as there are a variety of ways for health professionals to help you lose weight and keep it off for good. So, while some people may have an inherent weight problem, for others, the struggle against obesity can be a constant and difficult battle.
What Is The Difference Between Weight and Weight Loss?
It’s important to note at this point that the terms “weight” and “weight loss” are not always used synonymously. In scientific circles, weight refers to a person’s body mass, while weight loss is the loss of body mass over time. If you are trying to lose weight, you are in the process of getting fitter. Your body will change as a result of that effort, and you will notice that your weight is decreasing even if you do not lose any weight on a permanent basis. This is because, on a molecular level, your body is always changing to accommodate for fitness.
The general public often uses the terms “weight” and “weight loss” interchangeably, but that is not usually the case. For instance, you may see an ad for a “lose weight” program, and that phrase alone might trigger an impulse to go on a diet regimen. However, if you are looking to shed those extra pounds, you should definitely consult with a doctor or nutritionist, since there are several ways to do that, and it is not always as simple as cutting out food points or taking a fad diet. Furthermore, a lot of the “lose weight” programs out there are actually not lose weight programs at all, but rather, they are weight maintenance programs designed to help people keep the weight off. So, just because a weight loss program uses certain terminology does not mean that it is actually designed to help people lose weight.
Why Do People Still Get Surprised When They Lose Weight?
It’s no secret that people are often surprised when they lose weight. For some, it is a major shock to their system, while for others, it is a gradual transition that they have been preparing for all their life. Either way, many people adjust to their new found fitness levels and do not really feel the need to continue losing weight. That is why it is important to continue dieting even after you have reached your goal weight. Otherwise, you are giving your body a chance to rest and gain some of that weight back. This eventually leads to obesity and all the health problems that go along with it.
Obesity Is A Growing Health Problem.
If you are reading this, you are undoubtedly aware of the obesity epidemic that is taking over the world. According to the World Health Organization, around 240 million men and 210 million women around the world are currently classified as obese. That is a staggering number, considering that this figure does not even include people who are severely overweight. In the United States, the Obesity Prevalence Rising Preventable Diseases Foundation reports that over one-third of adults are obese. In other words, more than 34% of Americans are classified as “overweight” or “obese”. So, it would appear that this problem is here to stay.
Along with being classified as one of the major causes of death, obesity has been recognized as a major risk factor for numerous other health conditions. These include heart disease, diabetes mellitus, liver disorders, as well as certain types of cancer. For those who are morbidly obese, it can even lead to certain types of psychological disorders. So, while it might be easy to point the finger at obesity and say that it is solely to blame for all of these illnesses and deaths, that would be a big mistake. Yes, obesity is caused by our poor eating habits and lack of exercise, but it isn’t the only cause. The true roots of this epidemic run much deeper, and they are not found solely in our eating habits or physical activity levels.
As a society, we love to point the finger at something and say that it is the cause of all our problems. In the case of obesity, it is easy enough to blame TV ads, social media, or even the corporate world for the growing epidemic. However, while those factors definitely have something to do with it, they are not the cause. The true source of the obesity epidemic is found in our genes. If you are looking to shed some light on this important topic, check out The Root of All Evil, by Michael McGray. In this book, the author, Dr. Michael McGray, discusses how our ancestors’ genes manipulated them, leading to obesity. Through this process, McGray posits that our genes caused our ancestors to become more sedentary, which in turn caused them to put on more weight. Simply put, our genes made us fat, and we are paying the price for that genetic defect today.
Is There Anything Different About People Who Have A Hard Time Losing Weight?
Aside from the fact that some people have an inherent weight problem, discussed above, there is another factor that makes it harder for some people to lose weight. That is, how a person’s body functions when trying to lose weight. When you are overweight, your body needs to adjust to handling more weight than it is used to. That is why when you do lose weight, it comes off quickly, even if you are not trying to lose very much weight. The same goes for when you are trying to maintain weight. Your body needs to adjust to the new weight level, which means that if you are not used to eating healthy or taking care of your body, it will take more effort to lose and maintain the weight as it is more difficult for your body to process food the right way. So, while some people have a simple task of losing weight, for others, it is much more complicated.
Additionally, there are certain factors that make it harder for some people to lose weight. These include genetic differences, pregnancy, and lifestyle. Let’s examine each of these in turn.