Weightloss is something we all think about or have thought about in our lifetime, some people more than others. However, it’s safe to say that we have all tried to lose weight at some point, whether successful or not. Fitness instructor and personal trainer at Clonakilty Park Leisure Club, Danny McCarthy, looks at some reasons behind why we’re not successfully losing weight.
So why hasn’t it worked? Is it a lack of knowledge – you didn’t really understand what you were doing but you tried this type of exercise before or you gave up this food and you lost weight so it has to work again but you’re really just guessing because it worked the last time. Is it a lack of support? Were you the only one at home trying to lose a few pounds while everyone else was eating icecream on the couch and tempting you? Were you going out walking or running by yourself with nobody to keep pushing you on? Did you feel like you didn’t have like-minded people to talk to and get support from, who were also trying to lose weight?
In theory, weight loss is simple. It’s a matter of energy balance. Food is energy, if we don’t burn off the food (energy) we put into our bodies, it will be stored as fat. So in order to lose weight we need to tap into these stores and use more energy than we are consuming. In simple terms, eat less and move more, but in reality weight loss is far from easy. We live in a world where food is omnipresent and is easily accessible. We are tempted everyday by food commercials and supermarket offers. We work long hours behind a desk and everything seems be made easier for us, i.e. cars, elevators. We are becoming less active as people and we are eating more because it is easier.
Where do we even start to lose weight? Do you ask someone you know for advice? More than likely they will tell you what they tried or have heard from someone else, lacking the knowledge of why it worked. Everyone’s situation is different; just because it worked for one person doesn’t mean it will work for another. Magazines and websites can be full of misleading information that will just confuse you. Do you just decide to cut out all the bad food in your life? Let’s face it, we have all tried this and long term it never works. Food is a very intimate and emotional component of our lives. It is at the center of many religious and cultural celebrations and is often linked to significant family memories. We need to enjoy and eat the foods we like, just in the right amounts and within a well balanced diet.
So after looking at all these obstacles, we came up with a solution – the weight loss programme. Three months gym membership. A gym introduction to get you started on a fitness programme, a nutrition consultation to look at getting your food habits in order and making a plan that works for you. A personal training session to put you through your paces. Six fitness class passes if you need that extra motivation to train and six creche/jungle gym passes to keep the little ones occupied while you workout and an online support group for you to meet other likeminded individuals like yourself. So what are you waiting for, pick up the phone.
Contact Clonakilty Park Health & Leisure Club on 023 8836400.