Everyone wants to look their best and be in shape. Unfortunately, many people have a hard time losing weight after 40. If you are like most people, you could probably eat anything in your younger years and never gain weight. However, as we age, our metabolism slows down, and the pounds start to pile on, which comes with its own set of problems. It is a known fact that obese people are particularly susceptible to health-related challenges. This, coupled with the rise of social media where everyone’s striving for an image of perfection and the pressure to be thin, can often lead to negative self-image and feelings of worthlessness. The truth is, losing weight is hard. It takes time, patience, and a whole lot of hard work. That’s what Kirk Anderson found out when he was struggling to lose the excess pounds after being overweight for many years.
Anderson is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist on a mission to help people look and feel good in their bodies. As a former clinically obese person, Anderson understands the challenges that come with excess weight and the futility of trying to lose it without proper knowledge. That’s one mistake he made on his weight loss journey, and it had serious implications for his health. At age 37, Anderson’s cholesterol and blood pressure were abnormally high, and he was declared pre-diabetic. Also, Anderson’s weight was so high that it limited his mobility and physical activity. And, of course, there were mirrors everywhere to remind him he was not looking his best.
After being fed up with the image he saw reflected in the mirror daily, Anderson started his weight loss journey. At 37, he lost 65 lbs, but sadly, these changes were not sustainable. Two years later, Anderson regained that weight, and that’s when he decided to invest in his health by hiring a professional coach. The journey began at 43, and by 45, Anderson was glad he had started. By then, he’d lost 40 lbs of fat and gained 30 lbs of muscle. With each achievement, Anderson learned he could do bigger and better things, and that’s when he developed an interest in becoming a trainer himself. Over the years, he’s unlocked several secrets to sustainable weight loss and helped others achieve their goals.
When you are overweight, people start to make assumptions about your health and how much work you put into your lifestyle choices. Anderson says these assumptions are rarely correct. In most cases, it’s because you lack the right information about food and calorie consumption, or you are trying too hard to do it on your own. Although you can still make significant progress on your own, Anderson believes the journey would be faster if you had someone guiding you on the way. In his case, believing he could “Google” weight loss and muscle gain and transform himself is one thing he wishes he hadn’t done. “The same way someone wouldn’t go to court without hiring a lawyer, do surgery on themselves, or cut their own hair, things didn’t change for me until I got a professional coach,” he adds.
As a coach and someone who’s been there before, Anderson advises people to hire an excellent personal trainer, not just someone to push them in the gym either, but someone who will create a customized program for diet, exercise, supplements, etc. That’s what he offers his clients, regardless of their fitness goals.