Losing weight sounds too easy by the way people talk about it. Eat less and exercise more, that’s all people think there is to do. However, the process is a little complicated, and only the person who has been striving to lose weight can understand it.
Are you struggling to lose weight even when you have been on a strict diet? Have you been exercising on a daily basis but still unable to shed off those few extra kilos?
Here are some reasons that all your dieting and exercising is going in vain.
#1. Maybe you Are Losing It, But Not Realizing
If you are trying to get in shape by exercising and the scale is still showing the same number as it did at the beginning, you need not get disheartened. It is possible that you are converting your fat into muscle, and since muscle is heavier than fat, meaning that one pound of the latter occupies more space than one pound of the former, your scale is unable to show any difference. Try using some other means such as measuring your waist circumference or your arms to note the inch loss.
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#2. You Are Binge Eating
Healthy eating does not mean that you can binge on healthy food. Calories count, and even if you are not eating your much-loved burgers and French fries, you still need to keep a check on how much calories you are consuming through healthy foods. Just remember, one session of binge eating can ruin your entire week’s diet.
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#3. You Need Proper Sleep
A good night’s sleep is not only significant for your physical and mental health, but it also plays a crucial role in your diet. Several types of research have concluded that poor sleep is the most influential factor in obesity. Poor quality sleep results in 55 and 89 percent greater risk of obesity in adults and children, respectively.
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#4. You Are Not Drinking Enough Water
Studies have revealed that drinking more water is beneficial for losing weight. A 12-week research found that drinking half a liter of water about 30 minutes before meals helped people lose 44 percent more weight. A different study concluded that drinking water helped participants burn 24 to 30 percent calories over 1.5 hours.
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#5. Your Alcohol Intake Is Too High
Beer, wine, and other sugary alcoholic beverages carry a very high-calorie count. If you are on a diet and find yourself at a party where drinking is the norm, then it would be better if you stick to low-calorie spirits like vodka. Do not forget that alcohol in itself has a very high-calorie count, which is 7 per gram.
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#6. You Have An Underlying Medical Condition
Some medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism and sleep apnea drive weight gain and make it difficult to lose it. If you believe that you are suffering from any of these or some similar condition, you should get in touch with your doctor soon.
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#7. You Are On “Diet.”
Diets never work in the long run. You may be able to lose weight for a short period, but as soon as your diet ends, you gain back the lost weight. Instead of starving yourself, take up a healthy lifestyle where you know what you are eating and exercise on a regular basis. Your focus should be on leading a happier and healthier life.
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