As you grow older, your weight gain generally comes from adding fat to your body. Fat tissues do not use as much energy as muscle tissues, so you use fewer and fewer calories over time. If the majority of your weight is made up of fat, rather than muscle, and you continue to take in the same amount of calories, you’re taking in more than your body needs, and you gain weight.
You have to combine diet and exercise in order to lose weight effectively; exercise on its own will not do the trick. The longer you carry around excess weight, and the older you get, the more immobile you become, the more stress you place on your weight-bearing joints, and the more you will gain-even if you eat the same amount as before. This is not just a weight problem, but a structural and physics problem.
Along with the extra weight gain comes an exponential increase in all the associated diseases and chronic symptoms- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, lack of sex drive. And it’s not only physical: your work life will suffer too, because of decreased energy and diminished self-esteem. Today, you may not find yourself as far along this dangerous path as I have described.
Now imagine what you’d like to be doing with your life in five years. What are your work goals? How would you like to be spending time? With your family? With your friends? Travelling? Given your health at this moment, what are your chances of being able to do those things? If you continue on this route, how do you think your employer and your family and friends will relate to you? Will you still be able to participate at the same level in these different roles? If the answer is “I won’t,” then it’s time you changed your life 180 degrees. If the answer is “I might not even be alive in five years if I continue on this route,” then change is the only choice a reasonable man would make.
You can do this with three easy components: 1) a sensible, sustainable eating plan; 2) exercise; and 3) support. You can’t do this alone. If you could, you would have done it by now. There’s no shame in admitting that you need help along the way. But you also can’t keep going the way you have been. Something’s got to give. It’s time to move forward on a different path, a path that leads to permanent weight loss and the best health of your life. The results will be good news for your body, your career, your sex life and your self-esteem.