The Most Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Getting Fit

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By Gabrielle Pfeiffer

When I was obese I had every excuse in the book why I couldn’t lose weight. I had bad genetics, I had some underlying medical condition or hormonal imbalance, and I had back problems that all prevented me from losing weight. As a former chronic excuse-maker, I am here to call bull.

Once I had a huge wakeup call with myself, I realized that my excuses were just that: bull. They were limitations I was putting on myself to justify my obesity. They were the reason I gave myself to not even try to seriously lose the weight. Once I got rid of the excuses, guess what? I got rid of the extra weight, too. Now that I am on the other side, it gets extremely frustrating hearing all of the excuses people give when it comes to getting fit. There are so many different excuses, and everyone is different, but there are a few predominant lines that I get told when people tell me they have a hard time losing weight.


This is a line I gave all of the time. Keep in mind, I don’t have bad genetics at all. I just assumed that since I have been slightly overweight since first grade, it must be in my genes and I must be doomed. The truth is, the only thing that was holding me back was that I wasn’t like most kids. I couldn’t eat mac n’ cheese and fruit loops without gaining a pound. Sometimes our “bad genetics” just means we have to work a little harder than others, and we have to be very conscious of what we eat. There is nothing wrong with that. There are, of course, certain medical conditions or genetic reasons why you may have a hard time losing weight. Until you talk to a doctor, however, don’t try and use that as an excuse.


The most common reason why people give that they can’t lose weight is because they don’t have the time. Although that may seem true to them, it’s bull. Have you heard the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen?” Damn right you have. Do you know why they say that? It’s because it is completely true. What you eat has the most impact on your health. The best part? You don’t need to have endless amounts of time in order to eat right. Set aside a little time every weekend to prep some healthy food for the week and you are good to go. What you prioritize, you will make time for. It’s time to make your health a priority.


I have had many people approach me after I lost over 100 lbs and ask for advice. A handful of these people shared with me that their concern was their age. They thought that since they were a little older, that they couldn’t do it. It is true that the older you get, the harder it gets to lose weight, but there are plenty of ways that you can get fit no matter how old you are. The important thing is that you listen to your body, and make sure you don’t push yourself too hard. Eating right and light to moderate exercise can go a long way. Don’t let the number of years you have been on this earth hold you back from anything.

Lack of Motivation

I commend those who use this excuse, because at least they’re being honest. In fact, this is probably the number one reason why most people are obese. Finding (and keeping) motivation is the hardest part of losing weight and keeping fit. Hell, there are many, many days that I even struggle to find motivation. We are all human, and none of us are perfect. Motivation is something you need to work on every single day in order to stay persistent. Staying in the right mindset is sure to help you find success in your fitness journey.

No matter what your excuse is, I hope you can find the strength to call bull and get to work. Being healthy will make you feel amazing both inside and out, and you can’t deny that it will improve your quality of life. The only thing standing in your way is yourself and your excuses, so don’t fall victim to your own thoughts. Motivation is best when you nurture it every day, and down the road it will come much easier to you.

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