~80% of the US population is overweight with ~40% of the population categorised as Obese. That's a problem. But it's not a problem because of weight.
I'm agnostic to the problem of being overweight. If someone wants to be overweight, they're welcome to be. But I can say with certainty, that of the 80% that is overweight, the majority do not want to be.
The problem is much deeper and heavier than the weight itself. The problem is mindset.
We have to be honest with ourselves, education is not the problem. People who are overweight are not stupid. There may be many reasons which have led them to be overweight, but they are not stupid.
Here are two undeniable truths:
- Overweight individuals know that their weight is a problem for their health
- Overweight individuals know (on a fundamental level) how to fix their problem
And yet, nothing changes.
Ignorance among anyone who's overweight is an excuse. Everyone who's overweight knows what it takes to lose weight. They know they need to change their diet, and they know they need to move more. Yes, it is that simple.
Yes, there is a broad spectrum of science behind that suggests weight loss is 'more' than that, but at the most fundamental level that's all it is. Eat less, move more. If you start there, then you'll end up seeing results.
If you don't lose weight with the 'eat less, move more' method, then you're either failing to follow the script, or you're one of the rare exceptions to the rule.
What does the weight epidemic say about our health? It says we don't want to face the truth. It says we know what it takes, but we don't want to put the work.
You have to work for what you want, that's the universal truth. We all know what it takes to get results, but most of us aren't prepared to put in the reps.
Want more money? You know what it takes. You know you're going to have to give up your evenings and weekends. You know you're going to have to make sacrifices to create a system which supports your goals.
Yet, people still don't take action.
This mindset problem is an issue which must be tackled. Unless you're a prisoner of war, suffering is a choice. If you're not following your dreams, that's a choice too.
If you know what you want, then you're going to need to push yourself beyond your comfort zone to get it. The person you are today, will not be the person that gets the results in the future.
If you're overweight, the person you are at the start of your weight loss journey will not be the same person at the end of the journey...and that's a good thing. Because if you were the same person, you wouldn't be able to fix the problem.
Want to run a multi-million dollar business? You know how much work it's going to take. You know that the person running that company, will be different to the person you are today.
All growth is uncomfortable, ask anyone.
But there has never, in the history of man, been a situation where something worth having has come easy. People have died countless deaths to achieve their goals and dreams.
We are all the heroes of our stories. To achieve our goals and dreams, we need to go out and get them.
A Lesson for Future Champions
You don't need me or anyone else to tell you what you want. You already know what you want, but you need to be brave enough to embrace it.
Yes, it will be a lot of work. Yes, it will be hard. Yes, it will require sacrifice.
But you already know this. You don't need me to tell you.
You know you'll need to put in work to achieve your goals. You know what the next steps look like. Your mindset is the only thing that's stopping you, and understanding this, is the first step to change.
Yes, change is uncomfortable, but in order to know what comfort feels like, we have to have experience discomfort. If you're comfortable now, that's because you've been uncomfortable before.
You know what it takes to accomplish your goals, so stopping getting in your own way, and start doing yourself justice.