Saturday, May 28, 2022

Weight Loss Strategies, Stop Making Excuses :

Weight Loss Strategies, Stop Making Excuses

Losing weight is not easy. It requires planning and perseverance. Along your weight loss journey, you will face many obstacles. The biggest obstacles you will face are your own excuses. The funny thing about excuses is that none of them have any merit. If you want to achieve your weight loss goals, you are going to have to stop making excuses and start making changes. To help you, here is a list of some common excuses people use to not lose weight and the reasons they do not have any merit.

Weight charts are not accurate.

The weight charts are reliable. If your BMI is 25 or greater, you need to eat less and lose weight.

I have big bones. / I am "big-boned" / I am muscular. / It's all muscle.

There is a chance that your skeleton weighs more than the average person's. You may even have more muscle than the average person. That's why there is a normal range to the BMI (18.5-24.9). People with little bones or little muscles are closer to the 18.5 end of the normal spectrum. Those of you with big bones or big muscles are closer to the 24.9 end of the normal spectrum, but your BMI should still be less than 25.

Weight charts are racially biased.

Some ethnic groups are naturally heavier than others and that is why there is a normal BMI range (18.5 - 24.9). It doesn't matter what your nationality, race or ethnicity is; your BMI should be less than 25.

I am a bodybuilder.

Okay, you may have a point. The BMI charts are not always useful for men who are bodybuilders, professional athletes or who do resistance training regularly. Their large muscles may send their weights above a BMI of 25 without being unhealthy. A male bodybuilder should have his body-fat checked regularly to ensure that it is below 20%. Women lack the testosterone to build extremely large muscles, so this is an excuse they can't use.

I would not look as good if I were thinner.

I am sure that at a BMI of 24 you would look hideous. People would probably throw things at you in public. Seriously, you will still look good thinner. But, this is not about looks. Losing weight is about living a long disease-free life, not about how you fill out your favorite pair of jeans. You may think you look better overweight, but how good will you look after a heart attack.

It is really easy to sit down and make excuses for why you have not lost the weight you want to lose. It would be harder but more productive to stop making excuses and start strategizing solutions to help you drop the pounds and keep them off.

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