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5 Reasons Why You Don’t Lose Weight

Posted on: September 18, 2008

You have been trying for weeks or months to get on that weight loss plan, but only to fail. Then when you somehow manage to get near to the starting line, you have other plans lined up. Many a times I have heard people saying ” Iam exercising and dieting but am not able to lose weight”. This makes many give up the battle against weight…maybe a bit too soon. So what is it exactly that is stopping you from achieving that ever so desired weight loss?

Here I have listed down 5 reasons that may give you the answer to your weight loss delays.
1.The biggest weight loss delay is the motivation factor. Motivating yourself everyday to exercise and eat right is the key to overcome this delay. The initial 21 days when you start a workout are the toughest. Once you have exercised religiously for the first 21 days, you have crossed over to the habit forming stage. Following this you will have a better stamina and the body would have got habitual of exercising.
TIP: Write down everyday ” I will exercise for 30 minutes”. This method is called as reinforcing where you teach your brain by repetition. Constantly telling yourself that you have exercise will eventually make you go in that direction.

2.Prioritise things. If you are not losing weight then maybe you need to recheck your priorities. What tops your list. Is it your love for food? Is it exercise? It is missing your workout for that party? Is it sleeping late and postponing your walk?
TIP: Maintaining a log helps. If you have overeaten or skipped your exercise then give a reason for it. It will help you in judging where you are going wrong.

3.Eating too less makes you put on weight. It is our body’s natural defence mechanism to store food when we get too less of it. So if you are eating too little the body will store whatever it will get and eventually you may put on weight or may not lose weight at all.
TIP: Weight loss does not mean that you have to starve yourself. A healthy weight loss is achieved by consuming little amounts of all food groups such as fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and milk.

4.Are you exercising and eating to lose weight? You need to cut down 500kcal everyday in order to lose 1kg in a week. Evaluate and see if you are doing so. If you are working out and keeping the regular calorie intake your weight will be maintained. The only way to lose weight is to increase the output and decrease the input.
TIP: Keep a tab on what you are eating. Having a beer instead of a meal does not help much as a glass of beer has around 250Kcal. So think before you eat.

5.Sometimes hormones are also the culprit. If you are not losing weight in spite of doing everything right, then give a minute to your body. Hormone imbalances like hypothyroid, PCOD, Insulin resistance could also hamper your weight loss.
TIP: It is a good idea to get a medical check up done if you don’t see any difference within a month from exercising. Everyone can lose weight; just the pace is different.

Don’t make losing weight a task, it will make it more tougher. Make your body your friend, it will be easy.

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