This Weighing In column is the culmination of ideas I’ve gathered while covering the health/fitness and medical beat.
If we always had a healthy lifestyle and never deviated from that, we wouldn’t have to weave through the mounds of information and suggestions made available everywhere. And we wouldn’t need to constantly find motivation.
But we are not perfect. There are numerous reasons why people gain weight and even more reasons why they can’t get extra pounds off easily. Whatever the case, the approach will vary from person to person because wellness and weight loss do not have a one-size-fit-all solution.
Two people doing the exact same exercise program and eating the exact same diet may have varying results.
One person’s metabolism may be faster than the other’s. It could be that other medical factors make it more difficult for one person to lose weight easier than another.
Some people are just not meant be as slim as runway models or as muscular as bodybuilders.
I often write this column for the people who don’t see the results they want but others have.
This can be frustrating, but it’s important not to compare yourself to others. Don’t do it. Your body, your story and your lifestyle is not like theirs.
Comparing yourself to others may force you to give up and revert to old habits. If it’s just a matter of disciplining yourself to reach your goals, then work harder. But in the meantime, be grateful for the progress you are making, no matter how small and how slow it may come.
And FYI: Losing one pound in a week is awesome.