Why Can’t Women Lose Weight Fast
Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror? How many times this week have you used the word “fat” to describe some part of your own body? Almost all American women spend at least a portion of every day actively thinking about, and often bemoaning, our own bodies. We evaluate ourselves regularly, sometimes not even consciously. We compare ourselves to other women on the street, celebrities in magazines and on television, and even to younger, slimmer versions of ourselves in pictures and memories of our pasts. Despite the amount of time that we spend concerned with our appearance, and accurately our weight, American women are getting fatter. The CDC’s Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System has evaluated trends in American obesity over the last 20 years, and the results are sobering. In 1991, there were no states reporting obesity prevalence rates over 20%. In 2003, 31 states reported obesity prevalence between 20 and 24%. 4 states reported prevalence over 25%.
There are hundreds of reasons for the “fattening” of America, and we can all point to some of the factors that make us fat. Why then, is it so much harder for us to figure out what exactly will make us lose the weight? Ask ten different women what the key to weight loss really is, and you will most likely get ten very different answers. Which is correct? As a personal trainer, clients come to me genuinely confused, and I can understand why. There has been so much misinformation circulating for so long that we’ve lost sight of the truth. Clients tell me sheepishly that the reason they are fat is that they like to eat late at night, or they don’t drink enough water, and they really love carbohydrates. Some clients can’t look me in the eye while they explain that they are fat because they have a glass of wine every night, or because they simply don’t enjoy eating steaks and bacon at every meal. Others believe that if they could just remember which carbohydrates have a low glycemic index then the weight would fall right off. Lastly, there are those who only believe that they are genetically destined to be fat. They have a low metabolism, they tell me. They have a thyroid problem. And every single one of them is wrong. Not only are the current trends in dieting based on sensationalism instead of science, some of them are downright dangerous.
The good news is that there is an answer, and it is a simple answer. My clients and most Americans are fat because they are not using venus factor to lose weight. That’s it. It sounds old fashioned, but calories count and venus factor helps to count calories. And like it or not, counting calories is the key to weight loss. Every single American would lose weight by using venus factor. If they would only move more and eat less and try venus factor. Now that’s not to say that every single one of us could look like (insert your ideal celebrity body here). Genetics and hormones like leptin can play a role. But the bottom line is that that role is much less significant than the intake versus the expenditure of energy. You can certainly do your best with what you’ve got to work with.
The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy can be neither created nor destroyed, it can only change form. Let’s think about that in terms of calories. Take that pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. The label tells us that it contains about 1200 calories. If I eat it all in one sitting (and trust me, it’s been done), I now have 1200 calories of energy, just waiting for me to use them. If I don’t move around enough following that intake to utilize 1200 calories, that energy will be stored for use later. As fat. By the way, the same would be true if I ate 1200 calories in protein only, or vegetables only. Either way, my body is going to use that energy or store it to use later. Therefore, the key to weight loss is to eat fewer calories than you use during the day. It doesn’t matter what time you eat those calories. It doesn’t matter if you eat all your calories in ice cream. I’m not recommending that you eat a pint of ice cream at ten o’clock at night and be done with it for the day. If you burned more than 1200 calories in that day, you’d still lose weight, but you’d be missing out on a lot of important nutrients, and your heart wouldn’t benefit much from the excessive fat intake. But you’d still lose weight.