Why is it so hard to lose weight ?

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-01-29 08:42:12 -0600
Started 2012-07-27 08:50:38 -0500

It can be very difficult to change unhealthy habits ! The concept of how to lose weight is really very simple to understand, yet very difficult for many to put into effect. Complex problems, simple solutions !!!
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24 replies

mysticangel49 2013-01-28 23:02:22 -0600 Report

As for being hard to loose weight, on cause is the diabetic meds. If you read the enclosed material, it states that they can cause weight gain. This is what i dont understand. They want you to lose weight, but they give you meds that make you gain weight.

jigsaw 2013-01-29 08:42:12 -0600 Report

It can be frustrating! Quality and quantity of calories with portion control can work wonders. One of the most common reasons that some meds appear to cause weight gain, is because they increase appetite.
With the aid of a dietician, and a great deal of determination, I have managed to avoid weight gain even though I am on insulin.

jayabee52 2013-01-28 23:17:43 -0600 Report

That is the best way they can come up with to control one's diabetes. You CAN lose weight Mystic, but you need to mimimize your carblhydrates and avoid certain types of carbs. I have managed to get off of insulin by following a meal plan of my own design. If interested, I will be happy to share it with you.

Armourer 2012-08-08 02:20:01 -0500 Report

For many with diabetes if they take injections of insulin loosing weight may be very hard. I've gained 40 lbs from insulin, I can't lose weight at all. I weigh the same as I did six years ago but my waist has gained six inches, yikes! Insulin is made from hormones, weight may be gained.

jigsaw 2012-08-08 07:33:18 -0500 Report

I agree that insulin can make it easy to gain weight and difficult to lose weight. More importantly, it is possible to counter weight gain with portion control, healthy food plans, and exercise. One other thing, with motivation, it is frequently possible to figure out a way, even when dealing with difficult circumstances.

Armourer 2012-08-09 00:35:51 -0500 Report

I do portion control, eat as healthy as I can afford, but exercise, no, because of severe back injury that prevents it, bummer.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-28 06:58:58 -0500 Report

I can relate Jigsaw, I am constantly eating, but always the right things. I've got a grand daughter who is overweight and am having a hard time reaching her as far as how to help her lose the weight. She's a teenager so I know she wants to wear cute clothes, but when the food is there it seems as if she just eats. Her portions are also just way too much. Maybe if they see us as role models they may change their ways!

jigsaw 2012-07-28 15:52:23 -0500 Report

when she is ready, I bet she'll surprise you as she comes around. Meanwhile, your influence is probably having much more impact than you realize. Young people seem to frequently absorb a great deal of positive info and store it for future use. I saw it happen with my daughter. She totally amazed me as she transitioned into a mature young lady ! It seemed magical !!!

jigsaw 2012-07-27 15:31:15 -0500 Report

It's really not that hard to lose weight ! It's probably harder to develope the habits that allow it to happen. The above link explains 10 common reasons why people have difficulties losing weight, and the solutions.

Nick1962 2012-07-27 15:39:12 -0500 Report

Yup, we've really been trained to eat eat poorly for our current lifestyle. Just old habits passed on that really don't work anymore.

jigsaw 2012-07-27 16:05:25 -0500 Report

Isn't that the truth!!! My wife and I took our grandson out to lunch for his 12th birthday the other day. He ate 98% junkfood. I should say almost everything he ate was super high glycemic carbs. Cotton candy, jelly beans, chocolate covered marshmallows, mashed potatoes, honey buns, pizza, most of it from the desert bar. Guess what he felt like after he finished eating? I commented briefly and treaded lightly to him about all the junk he was eating. He got a little annoyed with me as my wife enforced that it was his day. Oh well ! That's how it all starts.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-27 21:48:12 -0500 Report

The mean part of me would have wished for him to be sick to his stomach and see if he learned a lesson, but the mom in me would have been frantic if he had been sick.

It was his birthday and he is a kid, so let him have fun as long as that isn't his normal. Just keep being a role model:)

jigsaw 2012-07-28 04:09:02 -0500 Report

Exactly what my wife said! I guess I'm just super sensitive when I see junk food consumption. I have to remind myself to stay off his case sometimes. Your advice is good basic advice to keep in mind!

Nick1962 2012-07-27 16:56:59 -0500 Report

Well, I guess just one day isn't bad.
I'm constantly amazed at how we get our eating habits lately. If "media" is to believed, a normal day would be cereal, toast, juice, milk for breakfast, a footlong sub with chips and soda for lunch (or triple decker burger and large fries), and a plate of spaghetti the size of a hubcap with garlic bread or endless breadsticks, soup and salad for dinner. Daily!
I don't know about you, but i can't remember the last time I worked hard enough to burn all that off.
That's why I find the article you posted so good. Each one of the 10 points has my name written all over it, and once i made those changes in food and attitude it really did become easy. Granted, there were some trouble spots, but the longer i stuck with it, the fewer there were. And the reward was more than worth it. Nice find and thanks for posting it!