Many people ask themselves daily about why it is so hard to lose weight and so easy to gain. Besides the obvious part, which means the delicious foods, short-timing and exercises are not that fun to do – there are lots of different factors that affect weight loss and most people don’t even know about it. We are going to tell you six reasons to explain why you can lose weight easily.
1 – You Have a Short-Term Attitude
you should be taking long-term approaches such as diets to make it possible for you to lose weight. I know this is hard to change, but you should consider it.
With short-terms attitudes you are more likely to lose 10 or more pounds in a short period. But then you suffer a rebound once you figure out the diet is not working for you. As they promise rapid weight loss, Keto, paleo or fad diets are the most common for this to happen… In fact, what happens for most people is that a well-balanced diet properly designed by a professional, including all food groups work MUCH BETTER in the long run.
The truth is that all of these fad diets, excessive exercise and detox don’t work as they promise to. They won’t last for life, their effects usually remain for 2 weeks or a couple of months, but that’s all you can get from them.
The right thing, according to experts, is for you to lose one or two pounds per WEEK. But keep in mind that initial weight loss might surpass this number for people who are highly overweight, and then slow down to the suggested one to two pounds per week. By doing so, studies have shown that you won’t lose excessive water or lean tissue, avoiding a rebound.
2 – You Have an All-or-nothing Mindset
once you overcome this, you will be able to promote long-term weight loss. Usually, they cut it all out (literally) which might seem to do some good at the beginning, but at a long-term you can see this actually doesn’t work. When you have a relapse, you tend to eat everything you weren’t before because why not? Then you will feel bad about it and exercise a LOT to “flush out” all you’ve eaten. This is a destructive cycle to be honest.
This all-or-nothing concept applies to fitness as well. If you’ve been working out a lot lately but you are not feeling any difference, you don’t feel fitter or stronger, you might be doing it in excess. Toning it down might be the answer to improving your fitness (and playing the long game).
3 – You Lack A Support System To Be Able To Lose Weight
it can be a community, an online one, anything just to keep you motivated through this journey. These are CRITICAL to successful weight loss, and probably the main reason why most people give up before start seeing any results.
Having a healthy diet can be a stigma in lots of places nowadays. It becomes a reason for people to make fun of you, and because of that people quit. Sometimes you deviate from what you should be doing just to be “sociable acceptable”, so you end up eating and drinking just for the sake of your social life – please don’t do that. This is why a SOLID support system is so important to long-term weight loss. If yours isn’t working as it should, find another and I can assure this will help you a lot.
4 – You Probably Think Exercise Is The Answer To Lose Weight
I’m here to tell you it isn’t. Exercise is important, I’m not telling you the opposite but it’s not effective alone for weight loss.
You probably know the saying “Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym” and it’s a 100 per cent truth. Even if your goals don’t include a shredded stomach, the adage is still relevant. You can’t over exercise and have a poor diet, it’s not reasonable.
Exercise should be a part of your approach to weight loss, it even brings lots of benefits to your overall health, but they shouldn’t be responsible for everything. Many people overestimate the calorie amount that are burned from their workouts, when it’s probably a lot less than you think.
The best approach is to be on a diet rich in vegetables, lean proteins, fruit, healthy fats and some whole grains. They will serve you best to sustain weight loss and health for a longer period. Combined with a consistent exercise routine (a light one, please), you’ll experience sustained weight loss and maintenance once you reach your goal weight.
5 – Your Sleep, Stress and Workload Are Working Against To You And Your Decision To Lose Weight
Chronic stress may difficult things along this journey of yours. Being a workaholic and sleep-deprived person may also do the trick. If you have these characteristics, this is probably your routine:
- First, you wake up motivated and ready to seize the day. You have made plans for a post-work interval run. Your super healthy and prepped dinner is waiting in the refrigerator for you.
- A few hours into the day, your lack of sleep catches up with you, so your only option to stay awake is to reach for the afternoon coffee.
- By the time work is over, you’re way too drained to go out for a walk, so you decide to skip it.
- You’re tired and maybe a little stressed or moody, so you skip the healthy dinner and hit a drive-through instead — because comfort food, and well you deserve it after the day you just had.
If this happens occasionally, it’s fine it means you are human. But if this is constant forget about the weight loss, you aren’t getting there.
Although food and exercise are important, you also need to make sure that you are sleeping okay and can management your stress.
6 – You Use Supplements Instead of Eating a Healthy Diet
Supplements DON’T WORK unless you do. If you are taking any supplements without work to lose weight yourself, you won’t see any results. In another words, you need to work for them to do their function.
If every morning you take a protein shake it can help you feel fuller throughout the day, which may keep cravings away. However, increased protein intake can also help you build muscle, which aids in body re-composition.
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