Are Your Weight Loss Efforts as Dysfunctional as Our Congress?

For most people, the recent government shutdown and omnipresent gridlock in Washington DC is enough to make them sick. Whether you lean to the left or to the right politically, the vast majority of Americans want our elected officials to work together for the ultimate betterment of our country.

Democrats and Republicans aren’t the only immovable forces that often butt heads and make little to no progress on a regular basis.

Many people wage a personal battle every day that is as bad, if not worse, than any mud throwing hissy fit that happens up on Capital Hill.

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Meet the Combative Parties–Food Intake & Exercise

At the simplest level, losing weight comes down to how many calories you consume vs. how many calories you burn. (I understand there are a number of other factors involved, but again, I’m talking about the most basic element of weight loss or gain.) So, if you burn more calories than you take in on a regular basis you’ll lose weight, and if you don’t you’ll gain weight.

Simple enough.

Yet somehow, we struggle to find the balance.

The Gridlock

I think most of us can come to terms that if you burn more calories than you consume, you’ll lose weight.

So what is the problem?

The problem is that we aren’t as smart as we think we are. (Sorry if I just blew your mind)

On the whole, we think that the amount of food that we eat contains fewer calories than it actually does. And we also think that certain exercises burn more calories than they actually do.

All of a sudden, it’s a little easier to see how people get caught off guard when their weight creeps up over time.

The Solution

Too many people think that one side is more important than the other. I have clients who sometimes think that they can eat whatever they want, as long as they exercise for an hour or so each day. And I know people who think that by eating healthy food they don’t have to worry about ever breaking a sweat.

Both camps are wrong. Both sides need to give a little ground. (Did you hear that Washington!?!?)

If you want to lose weight, you need to eat a little less and exercise a little more.

But there’s more to it than that.

We must eat to live. If we don’t take in an adequate number of calories every day, it actually makes it more difficult to lose weight. We need a certain amount food for our brains and our vital organs to function properly. We need food for our hair and skin to have a healthy appearance.

In short, without proper nutrition it’s impossible to be healthy.

But exercise is important too. Regular physical activity strengthens your heart and lungs, which enables oxygenated and nutrient dense blood to be better circulated throughout the body. Exercise also helps to strengthen your muscles and bones which is vital in keeping you upright and to protect your vital organs from any bumps and bruises.

Find a Balance

Both sides in this debate have a key roll to play. And neither side can get the job done on its own. Sure, some people will swear up and down one side is the only side that matters, and they want nothing to do with the other side.

Let the extremists stay on the fringe.

Ultimately, the way to move forward successfully is by taking the good aspects of each side and combining them into one sound way of living. This common sense approach is the easiest and most effective way to guarantee long term success.

Wait, are we still talking about diet and exercise? Or are we back to talking about Congress?

Maybe it’s true for both.

But don’t take my word for it….

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