I'm a trained wellness coach and certified personal trainer and have helped many clients make permanent lifestyle changes. It's not an easy thing to do. Look around. There's no escaping the fact that the world is conspiring to make us all fat and lazy. Fast food drive-thrus are ubiquitous and most of us are tethered to our desks. This is our reality, and we need to learn to find a way live in the real world, rather than grasping at the latest, greatest miracle weight loss solution. McDonald's is not going out of business any time soon. Nor are we about to return to our ancestral hunter-gatherer ways.
Being healthy in this setting is a Sisyphean hurdle, one that requires 24/7 diligence. Sometimes you'll feel like you're in a rip current. While this is a formidable challenge, it is doable, and it trumps feeling lousy, living on meds, and eventually dealing with chronic illness.