10 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Lose Weight
Losing weight does not have to be rocket science; it is quite simple in essence. You may diet a whole month and yet not lose weight. Knowledge is your weapon. The main reason why most people fail on their weight loss goal is because they do not know the right way to diet.
The reasons behind weight loss failure are not easy to know. There are small nuances that you might not notice. However, these add up over time to thwart your fat loss efforts. Here are 10 reasons why it is hard to lose weight:
1. Your brain doesn’t want to diet
A new study has found that some people’s brains are more active in the self-control department than others.
Scientists from McGill Univesity, Canada, looked at the brain scans of 24 volunteers at a weight-loss clinic, and they found that our ability to diet might actually have a lot to do with which parts of our brain fires most strongly.
“What we found is that in humans, the control of body weight is dependent largely on the areas of the brain involved in self-control and self-regulation,” said neurologist, Alain Dagher.
“That area of the brain has the ability to take into account long-term information, such as the desire to be healthy, in order to control immediate desires.”
2. Your Attitude
If you’re only on a health kick to lose weight or look a certain way, it will be hard to lose weight permanently. Weight loss is a fine goal, but finding something else to motivate you can help.
It takes time to lose weight, and you need to motivate yourself throughout the journey. One way is to find more reasons to be healthy. Remind yourself of all the benefits of exercise, including increased energy, better moods, and an improved night’s sleep, just to name a few.
Keep an exercise journal and write down every single success, whether you’re losing weight or not. What you think about yourself and exercise is the key to staying committed. No one wants to do something they see as miserable, so think of how you can turn it around and look at exercise in a different way.
3. Your Lifestyle
If you want a healthy life, you have to be willing to change how you live. It doesn’t mean changing everything overnight, but simply being open to new ways of doing things. Among some things you might need to change for a healthier life:
Break unhealthy daily routines. You may need to get up earlier to prepare your lunch or squeeze in a workout, use your lunch hour for exercise, go for a walk instead of just sitting. People use a busy schedule as an excuse not to be healthy. Don’t fall prey to this trap.
Watch how you spend your free time. You might need to set new rules for yourself limiting how much TV you watch or how long you sit at the computer. You’ll need to pay attention to how you spend your time and where you’re out of balance so you can add more movement.
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Clear your pantry of junk food. No matter how committed you are, having something unhealthy in front of your face is only going to make things harder. You have to set up your surroundings so they support your goals rather than sabotage them.
4. Your Environment
Sometimes you can’t control the things around you. At work, you may be surrounded by temptations — donuts, vending machines, coworkers bringing junk food, and the like. That’s just one thing you have to deal with, but what about your home?
Surround yourself with things (and people) that will support you in your efforts to get healthy.
Set up an environment that encourages those healthy choices and reminds you of them. Sometimes, just walking into your kitchen and seeing a bowl of fresh fruit may be enough to remind you of what you’re trying to accomplish.
Stress can have a profound effect on metabolism and gut health.
Our bodies don’t really know the difference between physical and mental stress; they’ll handle work problems in the same way they would the threat of famine.
The more stressed out we are, the more the body clings to fat reserves and muscle mass.
If you really want to start shifting body fat, you need to get your body (and mind) to relax.
That’ll get it to release fat molecules, take the pressure off the gut, and allow muscles to grow.
And the best way to change your body composition is to increase the amount of lean muscle mass you have.
6. Eating too much after exercise
Ever come back from the gym and felt like you’ve deserved to eat a whole pizza and a polish off a bottle of wine? Understandable…but not particularly good for any gains.
“Exercising doesn’t then entitle you to eat more,” PT Harry Thomas said.
“People think they need to start eating protein bars and shakes because they’re training.
“Protein does help with hunger levels but I’d say try to fight through your hunger until meal times.
“Hunger comes in waves when you first start exercising and it’s the first week that’s toughest.”
7. Your Mental Health
If you have other reasons for being overweight, maybe past hurts that you’ve used food to deal with, depression, or other problems, it’s hard to lose weight. For many, food is a comfort and something they have relied on all of their lives to help them deal with emotional problems. Pinpointing these behaviors and what drives them is important for becoming aware of what you’re doing and why.
A counselor can help you learn more about emotional eating and how you might be doing it without realizing it. Be willing to learn why you make the choices you make and to confront them.
8. Your Inflexibility
You hear a lot about lifestyle changes, but its daily choices that really test you. What happens if you have to work late and you can’t get to the gym? What if you get stuck in traffic and miss your fitness class? Any number of things can happen in a day that may throw you off track.
The trick is to be flexible. It helps if you’re always prepared. Keep workout shoes in the car so you can stop off at the park for a quick walk. Keep some food handy, so if you get stuck in traffic, you get a snack before your workout. Often people skip workouts because something comes up and they simply aren’t ready for it or they aren’t willing to give themselves other options.
9. Not enough sleep
The more sleep deprived you are, the less leptin your body produces.
Leptin is the hormone which tells you to stop eating.
A lack of good quality sleep also slows your metabolism down – meaning that your body doesn’t break down nutrients as fast or effectively as it would normally.
10. Your body has a weight memory
PT and founder of body transformation gym Salus London, Laurence Fountain, told The Sun: “Fat cells don’t die, so once your fat cell is full, it will create almost like a flower effect and create extra fat cells that branch off that fat cell”. So once you’ve put that fat on, you’re way more susceptible to putting it back on again.
“If you’ve grown up overweight as a child,you’re definitely more likely to gravitate towards being slightly heavier”.
Laurence says that there’s also a big psychological aspect to it.
“People also have different levels of comfort zone. While they might be able to get out it for a while and strip down, most people resort back to residual habits which cause them to revert back to a certain weight, or as a response to internal or external environment.
“It’s very rare unless you change the environment that any long-lasting change is going to happen.”
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