“Why can’t I lose weight?”
The majority of American’s New Year resolutions is to lose weight, but what is the best way to lose weight and keep it off?
In my opinion there are four important ways to lose weight, and they all depend on each other. More then 32 percent of the American population currently weigh 20 percent more than their recommended body weight.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight, you need to pay attention to proper nutrition. If you try to starve yourself you will give up the desire to lose weight quickly. Unfortunately, many people try to cut down on food to the point that they get disgusted and give up.
They also get bored with eating nearly the same thing everyday.
A proper way to eat is to consume a variety of foods.
In addition food can be expensive and many people are now receiving food from the food bank or on food stamps. I recommend that they seek out a nutritionist to help them plan their meals.
Exercise is extremely important to the success of any weight management program.
There are many programs and articles about the proper food to eat or eliminate but it is equally important to consider how much exercise is needed to burn calories. Exercise not only burns calories, but it also increases metabolism and helps to sustain motivation and commitment. Exercise also increases your endorphins which make you feel better emotionally. Losing weight is a slow process and we need all the good feelings we can generate.
It is the combination of both exercise and diet that will contribute to a successful weight loss and to maintain a healthy weight.
I can hear some readers saying, “It’s bad enough that I can’t eat seconds of deserts but now I have to exercise”. Exercising will make you feel good, BUT neither exercise nor diet alone will provide long-lasting effect unless we cut the calories we intake. In other words, one must use up more calories than are taken in. Dropping 500 calories a day will result in losing a pound of fat per week, but the addition of exercise will help you to look and feel better.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is very important in losing weight. Lose weight while you sleep? Is that because you are not eating while sleeping?
Yes and no.
As wild as the idea sounds, substantial medical evidence suggests some fascinating links between sleep and weight. Researchers say how much you sleep and quite possibly the quality of your sleep may increase hormonal activity tied to your appetite. While you are sleeping, hormones are being produced. When the body receives less than it’s needed amount of sleep, it attempts to make up for the lack by craving more food than you actually need due to imbalanced hormone levels of ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin makes you hungry, and leptin tells you to stop eating when full.
Without sleep, these hormones go out of balance. Make a plan to sleep well, stick to it and watch your cravings change and weight begin to go down. In addition most people tend to eat when tired, and if tired we may not be aware of just how much we are eating.
The fourth requirement to losing weight is ‘motivation.’
Do you want to lose weight for a new outfit, to attend a class reunion, or to be healthier? What will motivate you and keep you motivated?
Some experts recommend enlisting a family member or friend to “report to” in order to stay motivated. We all have different motivators but we need to be sure that we use every technique possible to lose the weight and keep it off. Unfortunately there are many psychological reasons why it appears impossible to lose weight and for these people different forms of counseling, therapies and hypnosis could help.
OK so now you still can’t lose weight no matter what you do?
Perhaps it’s time to seek medical help as there may be a medical reason that the weight is there.
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