Slow Metabolism? Bad Genetics? Let Go of the Excuses to Improve Your Situation!

February 27, 2009

If you are blaming a slow metabolism or bad genetics on being overweight, then you are limiting your ability to get lean. In fact, blaming a circumstance for anywhere you are in life takes away of lot of your power. The less you blame and the more you take personal responsibility, the better results you are going to get. This applies to anything, not just weight loss.
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[Do what it takes to overcome obstacles. The alternative is coming up with tons of excuses and never reaching any of your goals.]

A “Tough Love” Wakeup Call!

Some of you guys who are reading this are experts at making excuses. I’m not trying to piss you off (well maybe a little). I am certainly not putting myself on a pedestal…I used to be an expert at excuses as well. I had a well devised “story” that would explain where I was in life.

What Do You Tell Yourself? Here Was My “Story”…

People who are deficient in a certain areas, typically have a story behind it which justifies their position in life. For me, I was living with my dad after college because I was swamped with student loans. I lived with him for quite a while and used this monetary reason for justification. It was okay and expected for a couple of years, but after 5+ years…this story just didn’t hold up (but I kept telling it to myself anyway). I was powerless to move out, until I refused to accept that excuse anymore. I killed that story!

One Thing I’ve Learned From Managing People

I have managed a suit store for over 6 years and have probably hired and trained a total of 200+ people. The biggest difference between my best employees and the ones that weren’t so good is that the “high achievers” always took responsibility for the outcome. The “below average” employees blamed circumstances outside their control when performance was poor.

The Mind Can Justify Anything

We caught an employee stealing from our store a few years ago. Not only did this woman feel zero remorse, she actually was pissed that we were firing her over it. I have also watched documentaries in which serious criminals who have killed people, have a story they tell themselves that makes them feel that they were doing the right thing. Your mind will begin to believe anything you tell it, especially if you use the same excuse over and over again.

The Whole “Metabolism” Thing Is Real, But…

Yes, there are people who have slow metabolisms. You may have a slow metabolism. If you use that as part of your “story” for being overweight, you will never slim down. Will you have to work longer to get lean? Yes! Will you have to eat a cleaner diet? Yes! You can be mad at the skinny person who eats whatever they want -or- you can take a different path to get lean as well.

The Massive Benefit of Overcoming an Obstacle

As soon as you drop one of your major “stories” and put in some action to achieve a long-time goal, the easier it becomes to achieving another goal. A naturally lean person doesn’t gain that same valuable experience. Honestly, as soon as you reach a tough goal…it opens up your world.

Best Clip on Quitting…

[I have put this in here before, but this is a classic. Lance Armstrong overcame some serious obstacles!]

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Matt April 4, 2009 at 12:37 am

Hey Rusty,

Quick Q…for building muscle mass,is there a difference between doing one exercise per body part with a ton of sets (15 sets of curls) and doing 3-4 exercises with smaller sets (hammer curls,curls,preacher curls with 5 sets each)…is it pure stimulation on the muscle that matters or does exercise variety help?

I always wondered the answer to this question,maybe you can inform me bro…Thanks!!

LisaR May 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

A slower metabolism is actually what you WANT for anti- aging and longevity.

The faster the metabolism the FASTER YOU AGE. ALL the animals with fast metabolisms have very short lifespans.

Weight Loss Tips @Daniel January 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm

You can speed up your metabolism by eating smaller meals more frequently, exercising regularly, and by staying under your caloric maintenance level. If you put your mind to it, you can do anything!

Nick @ Fatty Liver Diet August 31, 2010 at 1:09 am

to speed up your metabolism why not eat fruits that make your metabolism faster and exercising may help too. But when i saw your post what kind of bubbly things was happen.. Is this related to a social life?

Tom November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Letting go of all the old belief systems and actually doing something about your situation can go a long way. It’s really not that hard, one doesn’t need to become sick before he can do something about it.

JH December 16, 2012 at 12:07 am

This post is BS. You will minimally speed up your metabolism by eating well, sleeping 8 hrs/night, and building lean muscle. Lean muscle burns 9 calories/lb in a day. 10 lbs of lean muscle and you burn 90 calories. Enjoy your extra 1/3 of a cup of oatmeal.

I have a slow metabolism and it sucks. FYI in thin b/c I jog on the treadmill 1 hr/day and watch every damn calorie I eat. I check my intake against my BMR almost every day. I’m so sick of chicken and carrots I could scream, but this is what I have to do to not balloon up. All so I not panic when I’m with a woman and I take my shirt off.

How old am I? Would you guess 50? I’ll be 25 next month…Genetics cost me my happiness.

J December 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

I like how I point out a verifiable fact that lean muscle only burns 9 kcal/lb in a day, which shows that a slow metabolism dominates your body shape. But b/c I’m realistic rather than positive, my post doesn’t get on the site. Do you want to keep ignoring facts?

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