Losing weight is not an easy task especially if you are doing it alone.
You may feel frustrated whenever you see the weight. You may be doing the things in a right way; following your diet and exercising regularly.
The change you want to see will come slowly. Before you give up, follow these ideas about why you are not losing weight.
Many times you don’t have time to take lunch and you will eat snacks outside.
Unconsciously you will eat wrong things if you don’t find time to take breakfast, lunch or dinner.
You should not avoid taking breakfast, lunch or dinner. Before eating any food, you have to think what you are eating and what are the disadvantages of eating that food.
If you are not getting enough sleep:
There’s a link between obesity and the number of hours of sleep each night. Losing sleep affects your metabolism by making you hungry.
Another reason is that Sleep Deprivation may affect the secretion of cortisol, one of the hormones that regulate hunger. Losing sleep may increaser the storage of fat.
To lose weight, it is necessary to get adequate sleep of about eight hours otherwise it affects you physically as well as mentally.
You may be thirsty:
If your body is dehydrated, you may think that your stomach is empty and you end up eating snacks. You should not wait until your body is dehydrated. Drinking water is on of the easiest things of all the dieting ways. Despite the simple way of diet, many people skip water. Hydrate your body before it gets dehydrated.
If you have any medical problem:
You may have some medical condition which contributes to your weight gain. You have to find out with your doctor about your health conditions if you are following the exercise program and diet correctly and still not losing weight
Thyroid disease is one condition which affects weight. Thyroid deficiency can cause a decrease in metabolism and may lead to weight gain.
Stress increases your body’s production of a hormone called cortisol, which signals your body to hang on to weight and deposit more fat in your abdomen. Cortisol drives your appetite for things that are sweet and fatty.
Quickly you will pack extra pounds. When you feel stress, just go for a five minute walk or breath deeply. Doing this way can lead to stress management and takes away the appetite triggering and fat storage effects that are associated with stress.
You neglect it on the weekends:
You will be following the diet on the week days but when it comes on the weekends, you enjoy eating and drinking with your friends by neglecting your weight loss goal.
To lose one pound of fat in one week, you need to cut 500 calories with diet and exercise for seven days. If you are following for only five days and eating whatever you like on the remaining days, your diet program will be disturbed and it becomes useless of the five days diet.
Instead you plan in such a way and choose one or two treats to enjoy on weekends and continue eating healthy in the remaining five days. You can make active on the weekends by playing football or tennis with your friends or family. In this way you can burn off your calories also.
You are exercising but not hard enough:
You may not believe this. But it is true. If your exercise workout is walking, it depends on how intensely you are walking. If you want to burn your calories, you must increase your heart rate until it reaches between 75 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate.
You can find your maximum heart rate by using free calculators available on the internet. General way of calculating your heart rate is to subtract your age from 220 to find the maximum heart rate. Calculate 75 to 85 percent of that.
If you are using any medications, they may have side effects which lead to weight gain. Some of the common medications include birth control pills or menopause, anti depressants, diabetes medications, and oral steroids.
You have to consult your doctor and diagnose in order to determine whether your weight problems are related to medications or not.
Follow these things and weigh yourself after four to five weeks and see the difference. This time you will not feel that you are not losing weight.