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Why is Losing Weight So Difficult?

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We all know that maintaining a healthy weight is crucial
to good overall health. Why, then, is it so hard to lose
the extra pounds we pack on? After all, gaining them is

Personal responsibility plays a part, but you might be
surprised by some of the everyday factors that can
sabotage your weight-loss efforts.

Before you read any further, you need to watch the
following short video that shows how REAL PEOPLE just like
you are able to shed fat while still eating all their
favorite foods:


Reason 1: Finding the right diet can be tricky.


While the American Heart Association recommends a diet low
in fat, many dieters find themselves missing the natural
satiety that fats bring. Carbohydrates are another
controversial issue.

Some dieters find that consuming a high amount of
carbohydrates only makes them crave more. On the other
hand, low-carb diets can leave some people feeling
lethargic and even depressed.

Dr. Frank Sacks and associates from the Harvard School of
Public Health recently concluded a study that compared
four types of diets: high carb, high fat, high protein,
and low fat. Their finding? According to Sacks, “No one of
those diets are necessarily better than any other diet.”

The bottom line is this: Expending more calories than you
consume will result in weight loss, regardless of which
food groups you take those calories from. However, for
optimal health, you should choose a balanced diet that you
can comfortably live with for the rest of your life.

Reason 2: The media sends mixed messages about diet.


Women’s magazines are notorious for running stories about
the latest trend in quick weight loss – just opposite a
mouth-watering photo of a decadent triple-fudge cake.

What message are they trying to send?

That’s not the only way the media sends mixed signals
about our health. Have you ever been confused by the sheer
number of weight-loss studies in the news, many of which
seem to come to contradictory conclusions?

If so, you’re not alone. With so much information, it’s
nearly impossible to know what advice to follow. The
problem with a lot of the studies you read about is that
they are sensationalized by the media.

For example, a recent study suggested that some women over
50 might need to exercise more than 30 minutes a day in
order to counteract their naturally slowing metabolisms.
The headline for this study screamed, “Women Must Exercise
One Hour a Day to Avoid Gaining Weight!” Not only was this
headline demoralizing; it was inaccurate.

The best policy is to turn a deaf ear to the fads and
sensationalism, instead trusting the advice you receive
from your doctor and other trusted experts.

Reason 3: The food industry sets you up to fail.


With so many of us leading busy lifestyles, it’s no wonder
we sometimes dine out for convenience. However, fast food
chains and restaurants are dangerous territory for

Most fast food is high in fat and sodium while being
relatively devoid of real nutrients. This results in lots
of empty calories that leave our bodies malnourished even
as our weight and blood pressure rise.

The unfortunate truth is that fats and sugars have a real
impact on the chemistry of the human brain. These comfort
foods can quickly become addictive.

Add flavor-enhancers like MSG to the mix, along with the
largest portion sizes in human history, and you have a
recipe for dietary disaster.

The obvious solution is to cook your own meals from whole
foods, consuming as little processed food as possible. If
you must eat out, choose smaller portion sizes. Some
diners have half of their entrees boxed up before they
even begin to eat.

Others order kids’ meals instead of the unhealthy adult
portions offered by fast food chains. As an added benefit,
kids’ meals often come with healthier side options like
fresh fruit instead of french fries.

Reason 4:
Well-meaning family & friends
can do more harm than good.


Our loved ones mean well, but they do us no favors when
they insist we have “just one more bite.” They hate to see
us feeling deprived so they enable us when we have the
urge to eat unhealthy foods. Or they help us rationalize
our poor choices by pointing out that we deserve a little
treat, adding that once won’t hurt.

It’s hard to maintain your steadfastness in the face of
such temptation. The best approach is to have an earnest
talk with your loved ones. Let them know that you
appreciate their concern, but that you need their support
far more than you need a second helping.

Schedule occasional cheat days, such as special occasions
like birthdays, when you will permit yourself a little
indulgence. That way, your family and friends will know
when to offer you treats, and when to keep silent.

Before you read any further, you need to watch the
following short video that shows how REAL PEOPLE just like
you are able to shed fat while still eating all their
favorite foods:


Reason 5: Making and breaking habits is hard work.


Finally, it takes time and effort to get into healthier
habits. When you first start your weight-loss journey, it
might feel like an uphill battle as you contend with years
of unhealthy behavior.

Start by making small changes. Instead of watching TV
after dinner, record your favorite shows and go for a
walk. Replace some high-fat foods with their lower-fat
equivalents. Over time, you will get used to these changes
and be able to make more without jeopardizing your effort.

Many diets fail because dieters make too many drastic
changes too quickly, only to decide they can’t live with
the new program, which feels completely different from
their regular lifestyle.

Remember, these are sustained changes, not quick fixes.
When you ease into a healthier lifestyle, tackling one or
two habits at once, the results will last a lifetime.

Take care,
Pat Laine

P.S. If you haven’t checked out that video yet, learn how
to lose weight and still enjoy all your favorite foods

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