Here’s a hard one. Are you overweight? Have you put on a few pounds? Have you “piled” it on over the last few years? Have you got a “beer belly” or a “bread basket”? Have you got a “muffin top”? Are you just plain fat!
Woah! We don’t like that one. A bit nearer the truth though. Maybe you’ve probably heard one or more of those phrases and I probably could have gone on, and written at least another dozen.
Words and phrases that people use, some more negative than others, but always said in a way that tries to legitimise the fact that you have put on weight and it’s ok. You’re doing nothing about it living day-to-day self-deluded.
Maybe you think, you’re in your 50’s, you’re slowing down, it’s the way it is, and it’ll be alright, I’m not by myself.
I overheard two guys talking recently. It went something like this:
“Have you seen old Harry lately? Yeah saw him the other day. He’s piled it on a bit. I always used to see him up the Cricket Club, but he doesn’t go anymore”.
The two guys who were talking could have been no more than 55, and both looked as if they’d been “piling” it on a bit aswell. As for “old Harry” I know for a fact that he’s younger than them. And this is where I know the real problem with putting on weight is – it’s in our head!
A lot of guys seem to accept the fact that they are putting on weight. And it’s true you will put on weight in your 50’s, even if you’re quite active.
Mens fitness is a different ballgame; your body is slowing and changing. But the answer is easy. Don’t accept it, nip it in the bud. It will be so much easier, but if you haven’t, forget the diet, if you start like this it’ll never work. Starting or ramping up the exercise is a complete and utter waste of time.
These are knee-jerk reactions to what can become a really serious problem because until you get it straight in your head that, yes you are gaining weight, and even though you don’t want to hear it, yes it is fat! Dressed up in whatever name you care to use. Nothing will change, and you are in a struggle.
A lot of guys who have weight gain issues also have mental health issues. You know you’ve put on weight; you know you need to do something about it. You probably don’t feel good, you’re getting depressed because you don’t visually look like you used to.
You can’t understand how it happened, you get stressed easily, this makes you eat more, drink more, tell yourself it’s not that bad, you’ll sort it out – and so it goes.
Day on day this situation is making your life harder. You have less physical ability, you tire easily, and there’s a whole lottery of fat related diseases potentially waiting for you.
So what do you do now? Well don’t panic. It’s more stress and that’s no answer, no worthwhile action will happen while you’re in this state. I would say step back, get real, and acknowledge the fact that you have a real problem that has the potential to massively shorten your life. I’ve seen it first-hand.
Now you need to believe that you can do something about it. And you can.
Follow me this week and I will give you the first small steps that will get you started. In the meantime, if you haven’t read it already here’s something that will help you get the frame of mind you need. Don’t ignore it. Weight Gain it’s In The Mind.