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Why do you think people struggle with losing weight?

spacecat23

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I noticed this is one of the biggest searched topics online. There is tons of information, advice, tips, diets, exercise routines, etc. that have been shown to work for some people yet so many still struggle with being overweight. What are we doing wrong here? Why do so many still struggle with losing weight?
 

Sparhawk

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A few things come to mind:

Genetics and environment - if a person has an overweight family and/or they are constantly subjected to fattening food all around them, they will have a hard time staying on track. They may be predisposed to storing extra weight.

Plateaus - everyone hits a weight-loss plateau at some point. But can they power through it and go for long enough to get past it? Many give up when they come to a sticking point.

Medical conditions - things like thyroid issues can cause problems for some people.

Metabolism and exercising - are people doing cardio and weight training along with their diet plan? This can help them burn fat faster and stick to their regimen. Sometimes a person has a slow metabolism, or else will basically crash it by dieting too strictly and putting themselves into starvation mode.

That's just off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are more reasons.
 

Sparhawk

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Another thing that occurred to me is (willful) ignorance or issues with caloric density.

I've seen a lot of people forget to factor in things like sauces, oil and condiments when working out their numbers. Food labels can be misleading too (like giving the calories for a tiny, fractional serving).

Then like I said, caloric density is an issue, where a lot of people enjoy foods that are super high calorie compared to the amount of food they're actually getting in. Examples are fast food, but also candy bars, peanuts (or candy bars with peanuts).
 

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All good points but what about advertising?

If there were no advertising, people would eat a lott less fattening products I think.

Another point is that we are relatively comfortable moneywise, so we can buy all these things that look so nice in ads.
 

Jad3Drag0n

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Another thing that occurred to me is (willful) ignorance or issues with caloric density.

I've seen a lot of people forget to factor in things like sauces, oil and condiments when working out their numbers. Food labels can be misleading too (like giving the calories for a tiny, fractional serving).

Then like I said, caloric density is an issue, where a lot of people enjoy foods that are super high calorie compared to the amount of food they're actually getting in. Examples are fast food, but also candy bars, peanuts (or candy bars with peanuts).
I think in the US, food companies are allowed to be off by as much as 200 calories when it comes to meals. So that frozen meal you enjoy that is 300 calories might end up being 500 and you would not know any different. I think this is because ingredients and amounts can change batch to batch in terms of amounts but 200 is a lot of calories.
 

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Those are all great points Sparhawk. I will say that one of the main reasons is just that people have a really hard time resisting the temptation to eat. And by eat, I mean eating stuff that they are not supposed to be eating. People may start a diet, but they almost always end up having either tons of 'cheat days' or end up quitting the diet altogether. Same goes with exercising. It's really hard to change two big factors in your lifestyle (food and activity level) while also balancing work and your social life.
 

David81

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I'm just a lazy person to be honest. And when I do work out, I get anxiety about work and other things, because I feel like I'm wasting my time when I have other things. It's dumb, but that's my mentality these days.

I also think it's due to habit. For me I love pizza, and can't get enough of it. It's to the point that when I'm depressed or down, getting a pizza sorts it out. It's bad.

I think the reason people fall back or fail, is because of how easily accessible junk food is. And how cheap it can be. As well, I'm not cook, so it takes me a while to cook things. So when I have a pizza waiting for me, it's easier to make.

But yeah, it's tough to put yourself in that mindset of losing weight. And I think people just get too comfortable with junk food.
 

Lucky

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I'm just a lazy person to be honest. And when I do work out, I get anxiety about work and other things, because I feel like I'm wasting my time when I have other things. It's dumb, but that's my mentality these days.

I also think it's due to habit. For me I love pizza, and can't get enough of it. It's to the point that when I'm depressed or down, getting a pizza sorts it out. It's bad.

I think the reason people fall back or fail, is because of how easily accessible junk food is. And how cheap it can be. As well, I'm not cook, so it takes me a while to cook things. So when I have a pizza waiting for me, it's easier to make.

But yeah, it's tough to put yourself in that mindset of losing weight. And I think people just get too comfortable with junk food.
True. Plus, junk food just tastes better. Sure, you can prepare some delicious healthy meals, but nothing hits better than a coke, fries, and a burger for me. Chips, donuts, all that stuff. Haha. I've just been blessed with a metabolism that allows me to eat whatever I want without gaining much weight. But I know when I get older it will be harder to keep it off.
 

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