Weight Loss: Why is it so Damned Hard?

Right now I’m twenty five years old, 5’9″ and 190lbs. That’s considered overweight. It comes from a lack of discipline. Ten years ago when I was fifteen I was a skinny kid (less then 150 lbs) that had just gotten a job at a fast food place. The following year I discovered beer. When I graduated high school I was 170lbs and I gained another ten pounds when I finished college four years later. I ate and drank whatever I wanted because I figured you’re only young once.

Now I am paying for it because every morning when I wake up I see a fat guy. I’m not Jabba the Hut fat, I just have a beer gut. But guys in their twenties aren’t supposed to have beer guts, right? It’s bugging the hell out of me. I feel like when people look at me they see a slob. I wonder if it could hurt my career. I need help. So, like other members of my generation I turned to the internet for the wonder diet.

“The Banana Diet Is Taking Japan By Storm” was the title of the article I read one morning. The new diet in Japan involved eating bananas with every meal. The idea behind this wonder diet is that bananas contain potassium and will somehow help weight loss. The diet was disproved by experts on the evening news that day. So with so many diets out there how do we even know which is the right one?

Well the real answer is that a lot of them are right and you just have to find out which one is for you. You see diet and exercise work on a very basic principal, when you lose calories you lose weight. Every pond of fat is made up of 3,500 calories. So if you cut down your calorie intake through either diet or exercise by 500 calories a day you’ll lose a pound in a week. Experts recommend this slow, but consistent method as the proper way to lose weight and keep it off. So it’s pretty simple to lose weight, the hard part is the discipline to eat right and exercise daily, but you’ll thank yourself for it every time you look in the mirror.