I was reading an article in the New York Times that a couple of clients insisted I read titled, “Do you have to be Super Human to Lose Weight?” The title alone intrigued me enough to poke through it while drinking my fresh cup of Green tea. AH!
I’ve run into so many people throughout my professional career who have either expressed this sentiment to me or I’m sure it’s crossed their minds. This is why people come and ask for the assistance of a Personal Trainer/Boot Camp Instructor. It’s a bit overwhelming trying to decipher this, “Top Secret Formula” to get strong, sexy and uncover the right approach to shedding some serious pounds (or kilos for my awesome international audience out there!).
On October 10th, 2010 The Journal Nature Genetics reported that researchers have confirmed 32 genetic variations associated with obesity. Are some of us GENETICALLY DESTINED to be obese??????? I say that’s a cop out, in other words it’s BULLSHIT! Is it okay to say that you should be an alcoholic if you’re predisposed to alcoholism? Or it’s okay to be on drugs because somewhere in your genetic code it says you have an addictive personality?
I refuse to accept that theory. You have a choice to take infinite roads in life, whether it’s the high road or not, it’s still a choice.
The article does make an interesting point. If you compare someone who weighs 200 lbs and looses 30lbs with some one who is already 170lbs, the person who looses the weight is metabolically different then the person who is naturally 170lbs. Your body wants to go back to its original weight. Of course it does, it’s called a defense mechanism. Your body can’t distinguish the difference between you loosing weight because you want to look good in that bikini for that pool party or on a deserted island struggling to survive a ship wreck!
Remember: you’ve put in a lot of work packing on those pounds through out your life, now its time to put some work into designing the new version of yourself. Find a valid reason for loosing the weight that isn’t just a tip of the iceberg reason like “to look good in my skinny jeans”. Make an impactful statement like, “I want to look great in my skinny jeans so I can have unbreakable confidence in every moment of my life!” or “I want to be a determined, intelligent, motivated, and energetic version of my self”.
Will you let your destiny be decided for you or let yourself ultimately have the last word in your legacy on this world?!?!
Food For Thought: Beethoven was partially deaf and eventually became completely deaf. He composed masterful pieces of classical music that to this day apart of our culture and our hearts. Do you think for one second he thought to himself,”Ah screw it, I can’t hear anyway, let me try being a carpenter or something”.
Committed to changing lives. – Alex Villegas CPT,.P.P.