Its a New Year and many of us have made Resolutions to lose weight this year. We've tried diets and exercise but they fat doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
Here are 10 reasons why you're just not losing that weight
1.You Skip Breakfast: Skipping breakfast may seem like a great way to save calories, but your body will actually hold onto fat because it thinks it's being starved. Research shows that people who eat breakfast regularly lose more weight, So make sure to eat breakfast each morning to jump-start your metabolism. Don't just grab anything; include protein to give yourself sustainable energy and fibre to fill you up for hours.
2.You drink too many sweet and sugary drinks and not enough water: You watch what you eat, cut back on fatty foods and don’t snack between meals, but you drink large amounts of alcohol, fruit juice, smoothies, and soft drinks. Have you considered the amount of calories you may be drinking every day? Every calorie counts towards your daily intake, so don’t forget about the liquid ones!
3. You Overeat "Healthy Foods/Snacks" :You should remember that although the food you’re eating may be healthy, it should still be eaten in moderation, as eating too much of anything will cause you to gain weight.
4. You don't sleep enough: You may think that cutting back on sleep is great for your health and fitness. Not only does sleep deprivation affect exercise performance and endurance, but it slows down your metabolism, increases appetite and makes you more likely to give in to your cravings. Lack of sleep can increase stress levels, which can contribute to weight gain.
5. You eat too little or too large portions: Eating too little sends your body into starvation mode, slows down your metabolism and makes you store more fat.
On the other hand eating too large portions even if its just once or twice a day will make you put on weight cause the portion sizes many of us consume could actually be the equivalent of 6 or more standard serving sizes each day.
6. You don't eat vegetables: Not only are Veggies healthy, they contain less calories and make you feel fuller for long.
7.You don't vary your exercise routines: You may no longer be getting the most out of your workouts cos you've been doing the same exercises over and over.
No only does it cause boredom, you become less motivated and more likely to skip your workout. This will diminish the intensity and results of your training. meaning that will burn off fewer calories.
8. You overcompensate after workout sessions: We are familiar with the temptation to reward our workouts with an edible treat (well, you've just burned off all those calories, right?), however, it may be that you are actually undoing all the hard work of your workout.
Truth is, we often overestimate the calories we burn through exercise, you may even be taking in more than you have actually worked off, leading to weight gain rather than loss.
9.You are not consistent with diets/ exercise: Perhaps even worse for your metabolism and waistline than eating too much or too little is flirting regularly between the two extremes.
If you regularly take up and abandon diets or go starve yourself one minute and binge the next, you will play havoc with your metabolism and cause your body to store more fat.
10. You have a medical condition: Some medical conditions such as Thyroid problems and hormonal imbalances can cause you to gain weight and make it very difficult to lose excess pounds. Also, hidden food allergies or intolerances can make it difficult to lose weight. Furthermore, while your medical condition itself may not cause weight gain, the side effects of certain medications may be the culprits.so make sure to speak to your doctor about this if you are struggling to lose weight
By Oma Nnabuihe