Monday, June 29, 2009

Why You Can't Lose Weight

By: Eduardo Lorenzo

Have you ever run into somebody who said ‘I just can’t lose weight no matter what I do’? You may probably be thinking about yourself, right? Obviously in my profession I get to hear this mostly everyday. But this is what I actually run into: a lot of people who SAY they can’t lose weight.

Sure there might be a relative small amount of people that due to hormonal and metabolic issues you are stuck at a weight for a period of time and require more professional guidance and attention than normal to get control of your weight and health.

Yet here’s the deal, most people will lose weight with the right plan for that person. Think about it for a second, if we were to put 10 people on a desert island for 60 – 90 days with no resources, no food, just being fed with worms, guess what… they would lose weight. NO! I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT YOU EAT WORMS NOR DID I CREATE THE WORM DIET… DO NOT TRY IT AT HOME…

My point is that it is possible for everyone to lose weight, but you need to find the right strategy that works for you.

How much you can lose with any given plan for a period of time is sort of unknown. The reason being is that, there are way too many individual hormonal, metabolic, genetic and other factors that come into play which actually defines who we are (such as thyroid, diabetes, menopause to mention a few). For example I had 2 clients who when they started on a Integrated Fitness Program with me, had some similar body types, where in the same age range, had similar goals and to an extent followed sort of a similar structured plan in regards to exercise and nutrition. One lost more weight than the other, one gained more muscle, and so on. They both where happy, and most of the time everyone that I work with does feel the difference in their lives… it improves!!!

What you need to do is to find and understand what works for you and what doesn’t. Some people are sensitive to carbs and others to fat (one easy way to find this, is to ask yourself what do you crave when hungers strikes… carbs or fat). So if you crave carbs have a diet with more carbs in it and eliminate the fat, if you crave fat then do the opposite - you get the point. The main idea is that you start an eating plan that’s easiest for you to follow.

Obviously if you are going to eat carbs I am not suggesting that you eat pizza, burgers and beer. The high carb dieter should get their carbs from fruits, whole grains, and some starches. The low carb dieter should avoid any and all carbs from the diet. In essence, if you're on a low carb diet you should only eat green and fiber rich vegetables with foods that only contain protein and fat; good fats such as avocados, eggs, fish, flaxseed oil, almonds and nuts, peanut butter (no sugar added), and fatty acids such as the omega complex are just a few.

Take into consideration meal frequency and portion control, when you design a plan that is right for you. Also you should read my previous post with 4 keys to weight loss combine this with a sound exercise and cardio program and you should be on your way to looking your best.
Make this summer the season you finally take the weight off!

If you have questions and need advice regarding exercise and nutrition, I would love to hear from you. Send me an e-mail and I will gladly get back to you!

Stay fit my friends!

Author: Eduardo Lorenzo, NASM-CPT specializes in sports performance, injury prevention, corrective exercises, physique enhancement, Boot Camp and weight loss programs.

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