Do you ever step on the scale and wonder; “what is making me fat?”
Back when I was recently out of college, I started to ask myself this question constantly. I had recently taken my first post college promotion, which led to a more sedentary job, which led to weight gain.
The problem was, that I was going to the gym and thought all of this new weight gain was muscle. Truth be told, I was building muscle, but I was packing on the fat like a bear preparing for winter.
Up until that point in my life, I thought I knew what I was doing when it came to weight management and fitness. My knowledge of the gym was more than some, but it was the part of fitness outside the gym where I struggled.
What I didn’t know:
- That my metabolism was changing
- My sedentary job was making fitness a challenging
- What cardio was (I probably knew, but just chose to ignore that part)
- How to cook
Looking back and from my experience in the fitness industry, I now know that I was not alone.
What Is Making Me Fat? Finding The Source
When it comes to weight gain, there can be several factors. In my post college story, what I really didn’t understand was the 20 something age where you metabolism changes right about the time when your life activity changes from very active, to sedentary.
In college you are walking to class, going to the rec center, and moving around. In the post college era, you are sitting at a desk, and usually not moving until its time to eat or go to a meeting and snack on sweet carbs.
And nothing in that scenario is good for burning fat. And if you don’t fix the problem right away, then it could be years or decades before you decide to address the problem. And by that point you are set in your ways, which makes activity change that much harder.
This was my experience, and many of people may have a similar story to tell.
Usually the source behind all weight gain comes down to these categories:
- Activity level
- Exercise routine
They are the big three killers of all weight gain scenarios I have witnessed.
Solving The Problem
Now that you know the answer to the question: “What is making me fat?”, let’s move on to the solution!
Let’s start with Activity Level. If you work at a desk or in a cube farm, most likely your get up and go activity is close to nonexistent. I have clients that work in a similar situation who wear step trackers like a fit bit.
Typically they average over 14k steps a day on the weekend, but struggle to get 4k during a typical workday.
A few years ago….
I started working with an engineer that was locked to his desk. He really struggled to get steps in every day, but he was determined. I set his goal at 10k steps a day and he started logging 17k or more a day. How did he do it? He would walk circles around the office, take breaks in the stairway (and doing the stairs), or whatever he could to increase his step count.
You new goal: 10k steps a day! Start there, and you will find excuses to escape the chains of your desk.
Exercise, exercise, exercise!
If you don’t have a current exercise routine…Get One! It doesn’t have to be difficult, it just has to be consistent. Although, most of the time the difficult part is being consistent!
In order to create a healthy diet (which is the next part), we need to concentrate on exercising. Why?
Because if you have a good exercise routine or fitness program then your body will crave the good food that you should be eating. It really is that simple!
Whether you are going down to the local gym, working out in your living room, or running stairs at the office, pick a routine that includes:
- Strength Training
- Cardiovascular Training
Now let’s talk about your diet! In the last 20 years, food has become more convenient, accessible, pre-packaged, and processed than ever before.
So, slowly get out of the convenient habit of popping things in the microwave and start cooking!
Here is a good rule of thumb:
- No packages
- No boxes
- No wrappers
It is easier than it sounds, but if you are staying consistent with your exercise program your body will want the unprocessed food it deserves.
Good luck with your weight loss journey, I hope you have discovered what is making me fat!
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