First, let us get one thing clear: losing weight is never easy. There are always challenges involved. At some point, you are bound to struggle. If you have followed a long-term weight loss plan earlier, you probably found you inevitably stalled – sometimes more than once. This is why persistence is perhaps the number one tool for weight loss success. If you can keep going by making adjustments when necessary, nothing is going to stop you from reaching your goals.
With that said, losing weight is not as hard as it is often made out to be. Some people tell themselves they are not capable of losing weight. Some go far enough to convince themselves it is impossible for them to be lean again. Common excuses include…
- lack of time for exercise,
amongst many others.
If you are struggling with weight loss, know it is normal. Don’t give up hope; you just have not figured it out yet. If a leaner and healthier body is something you truly desire, you will work to get there. Perhaps you don’t want to succeed badly enough just yet.
Weight loss might be easier for you if you lift your spirits. There is a chance weight loss might be easier for you than the average person. If you have a decent amount of weight to lose, it is naturally easier for you to lose weight. Why? At a higher body weight, your resting metabolic rate is greater than that of the average person which means you can lose weight by eating more calories.
Let us say the resting metabolic rate…
- for the average person is 2100 calories, while
- for a heavier person, it is 2600 calories.
For each to lose an average of one pound of fat a week, they have to consume 1600 and 2100 calories respectively. For this reason, technically it is easier to lose weight when you have more weight to lose. The opposite is also true: when you are relatively lean, it becomes harder to lose those last few pounds.
What is hard about weight loss is getting started. Most people do not give themselves the chance to succeed. It is a long-term game. If you go into your weight loss plan with the realization losing excess weight is a long-term goal, you are not going to find it as difficult.
But weight loss of any consequence will not be yours if you do not give it a serious shot.