My speculation is that most folks started out at a reasonable weight. They maintained this throughout most of their school years and maybe even through college and into a career. Then eventually activity dried up and the weight came on. So I think it would be pretty easy for someone to sit back and say "I'm fat, what changed?" ... oh, I'm not as active as I used to be, let me start exercising again.
The activity level is overestimated and often times leads someone to believing they can eat as they did in high school so the weight never comes off. Confused, they turn to the internet, TV or friends who are great at further muddying the waters.
If by some stroke of luck you figure out it's all about diet (80 or 90% of it, anyway), then you fight the urge to track. So you might go down some paths of woo like low carb, keto or some other fad. Some might choose WW or Nutrisystem and have some success.
There are two frustrations I have:
1) Your weight is completely controllable by you. You may have to do battle with the brain, but by diet, you can gain or lose weight without magic pills, magic food or expensive programs.
2) Gaining strength does not require DVDs, expensive equipment, a trainer, a complicated program or even a gym membership. Fitness is not measured in minutes. Pick up heavy sht, put it down. Do it with as many muscles as you can (i.e. compound lifts). That's it.
Eat less, lift more, the rest is noise. Simple concepts, tough execution.
| current weight: 11.0 over