You have tried dieting, you have tried walking, you even joined the gym but even that was money down the drain. It’s understandable if you wonder why you aren’t losing weight. Let me establish my credentials, I recently lost 15 kgs in a span of 3-4 months, so I know what I am saying here.
First, it is important to clarify that being fit and being thin are not one and the same. The main problem is obesity and the health risks associated with it. In order to avoid that situation, losing 5-10 kgs (about 15-20 lbs) can take you a long way.
In this article, I will tell you the reasons for your struggle and offer possible solutions so you can lose weight and experience the fittest version of yourself you have ever been.
Excited? Then, let’s get started.
1. Are You Starting Your Day with Breakfast?
Here’s the deal about dieting. Skipping meals is not the way to go, especially breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day and skipping it is the mistake number Uno (#1).
When you skip breakfast, you are super hungry by lunchtime. I can assure you, you will end up eating more at lunch, doing more harm than good. Studies have shown skipping breakfast is correlated with obesity.
The trick is to eat right and not eat less. You want to have the first meal of the day within an hour of waking up. Eat something that’s fibre-rich and packed with protein to carry you until lunch. The key is to consume a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Excess of carbohydrates is the main culprit in weight gain.
2. Does Your Metabolism Affect Your fitness?
How fast you burn calories will depend on your metabolism. Slow metabolism means a slow burning of calories. We all have known at least one person, who eats but doesn’t gain weight, that’s because of their fast metabolism.
There are many factors affecting your metabolism, for example, ageing, or how active your lifestyle is. A sedentary lifestyle leads to slowing down of your metabolism, which leads to more lethargy and further slowing down of metabolism. It is a vicious cycle tough to break.
If you want to speed up your metabolic rate, lift weights and stay away from low-calorie diets.
3. Can Genetics Affect Your Fitness?
Yes, it is possible you inherited the slow metabolism from your parents or even your grandparents. You can’t control this kind of inheritance. Accept the fact and work harder. This is a physical barrier that becomes more of a mental crutch.
4. Does Gender Reduce Your Chances of Losing Weight?
According to a study, men gain and lose weight more easily than women. For women, losing weight is tougher but also they gain weight slower than men. The big differences are where and how men and women lose weight.
Men lose weight on their abdominal area first. The stomach and hips are the hardest areas of the body for women to lose weight and to train. Therefore, if you’re a woman who wants to lose weight on her stomach, strap on binding corsets and waist trainers, they really do help.
5. Are You Eating Before Going to Bed?
If you’re eating before bed, it could be why you are struggling to burn fat, lose weight and get fit. Try eating dinner about two or three hours before turning in for the night. Eating late at night raises your blood sugar and insulin levels and your temperature.
Snacking after dinner will also increase caloric intake depending on your snack of choice. If you must munch on something, choose your snacks wisely.
6. Can Stress Affect Your Fitness?
Sometimes, when people are stressed, they eat. Not just anything but comfort food, like ice cream, chocolate and junk food. I can imagine your faces as you read this but you have to say goodbye to pampered feeling.
Instead, if you find yourself in a stressful mood, make a conscious effort to reduce your stress levels by meditating and instead of stress eating, reduce stress by exercising (like those scenes in the movies where the protagonist goes for a run in the rain while he contemplates the events, I always found that fascinating!).
Stress plays a vital role in our health and fitness, where necessary seek the appropriate medical help.
7. What if You Have Trouble Sleeping?
If you are someone who has trouble getting proper sleep due to whatever reason, your metabolism and energy levels are affected. When you don’t have enough energy, it makes working out less desirable and possibly a reason for not losing weight.
People who don’t get enough sleep eat more than people who do, according to a study. When you are down on energy, you don’t feel like cooking and end up ordering fast food which we all know in our hearts, is full of hidden calories.
Summing It Up
There are many factors that affect whether you gain or lose weight. To give you the best chance of losing weight effectively, you should aim to identify and control these factors.
No matter what, losing some weight is a good idea as it has many health benefits in the long run. Losing weight is a combination of consuming a balanced diet and right amount of exercise, in other words, following a strict fitness regime.
Please use these useful tips to help you lose weight, get fit and achieve your dream body.
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