Many people are desperate to lose weight and the flab on their stomach and hips. But trying to achieve your ideal weight can be very frustrating. You’re eating well and even taking time to exercise but you’re still not seeing any significant difference in your body. It can be a very vicious cycle and every day, you fight the urge to just give up because the scale doesn’t move no matter what you do.
So before we talk about how YOU can lose weight, we need to go deep into ourselves to find out if any of the following reasons could be preventing you from burning all the extra pounds you have in your body.
1. You’re vitamin D-deficient
People with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to gain weight because it affects your body’s metabolic processes.
2. You’re consuming too much calories
Sometimes, people tend to overestimate the amount of calories that they eat. A donut might seem small and harmless, but it could very well contain over 300 calories each. A bag of potato chips could contain 500 calories.
3. You’re stressed all the time
Stress produces a hormone called cortisol which increases your appetite. It also triggers the body to store fat which is why men and women who are always stressed tend to develop bulges in their belly area.
4. You don’t get enough sleep
Studies have shown that people who are not getting enough sleep everyday have increased levels of ghrelin (hunger hormone). They consume 300 more calories than if they were well rested.
5. You’re always eating out
There’s no way of knowing what restaurants use in preparing their food. One meal in a fast food restaurant could contain over 1,000 calories. It’s always better to cook and eat at home where you have more control of the ingredients you use.
6. You always follow fad diets
The thing with fad diets is that they’re hardly backed by any scientific research. They’re overly hyped up with little proof that they actually work. In addition, they can be very dangerous to your health. Sure some of these diets may actually help you lose 10 pounds in a couple of weeks but you could just as easily gain them all back after a short while.
7. You have hormonal problems
If you have an underactive thyroid, suffer from irregular menstrual cycles or are often depressed because of hormone imbalance then losing weight will be very hard. Make sure to see a doctor if you notice you can’t lose weight no matter what you do or if you are often feeling sluggish, fatigued or depressed.
Effective Weight Loss Strategies
Countless diet plans and weight loss programs promise fast and easy weight loss but a lot of them are nothing but scams. The core of any successful weight loss strategy is a healthy diet coupled with exercise. Anything else is simply not effective, at least, not in the long run.
So, if you are desperate to lose weight, don’t be quick to trust those so-called experts who claim they can help you shed 10 pounds in 10 days. It’s a slow and gradual process, and the key is to make permanent changes to your health habits and lifestyle.
Here are some strategies to consider:
1. Find a motivation
It takes a lot of discipline and willpower to achieve your weight loss goals so you must have enough motivation to keep you from giving up. Make a list of things that will keep you motivated – whether it’s a beach holiday in Mexico, a wedding, to fit in your old skinny jeans, or to become healthy overall.
2. Make a commitment
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to understand that it’s a lifetime commitment. Those who have always had unhealthy habits will have trouble adjusting to “clean living” and you would have to exert a lot of energy to change your unhealthy ways. So, prepare yourself mentally and physically, and give it your 100%.
3. Be realistic
One of the things that actually prevent people from reaching their goal is that they have set unrealistic goals in the first place. For example, their goal is to lose 50 lbs in 6 months. And to achieve that, they plan to limit their food intake to 1,200 calories a day and exercise for 1.5 – 2 hours daily. But spending this amount of time exercising daily may not be feasible if they work from 9 to 5 daily and have a family to take care of when they arrive home.
4. Maintain a healthy diet
One of the best ways to restrict your calories without depriving your body of much needed nutrients is by eating more veggies, fruits and whole grains. Use healthy fats like vegetable oil and olive oil; choose non-fat dairy; cut back on sugar; avoid alcohol; and eat lean meats.
5. Stay active
You can’t lose weight with dieting alone. While it can help you shed off some excess pounds at the beginning, it’s not sustainable. You need to get into sports or go to the gym. Even walking or jogging 30 minutes a day can do wonders to your body. Not only will it help you maintain weight loss, but it will also make you healthier overall.
We’re not saying that you should go 10 days consuming nothing but spicy lemonade. Instead, you should “cleanse” your body of all the harmful substances like refined carbs, sugar, nicotine, drugs, alcohol, and so on. Drink lots of water daily, replace bad food with good ones, go organic, and drink a “natural and fresh green juice” everyday. By doing these things,you will lose your big gut and keep the weight off.
Develop healthy habits so you can maintain a healthy weight. Eating healthy, exercising, and taking good care of your body should become a way of life if you want to stay fit and healthy. It’s not rocket science but it’s hard work especially at the beginning but the results will all be worth it in the end.