Have you been trying to lose weight for a long time but are not able to? Weight loss seems simple as it is basically creating a calorie deficit by burning more calories than you’re consuming. But weight loss is much more than that. There are many factors that come into play when you’re trying to lose weight. Let’s find out where you could be going wrong in your approach that you are not able to achieve the desired weight loss.
1. EATING TOO LITTLE OR SKIPPING MEALS:
When trying to lose weight, many people make the mistake of eating too little or going for a very low-calorie diet. Eating fewer calories than your body’s requirement will not only make you feel tired and lethargic all the time, but it also slows down your metabolism. When you skip meals or eat very little, your body goes into a starvation mode, conserving most of the calories you’ve consumed. As a result, you don’t burn as many calories that you were normally burning before.
Also, skipping meals makes you feel extremely hungry at odd hours leading to binge eating.
The trick is to not follow any kind of crash diet or low-calorie diet and opt for a healthy, well-balanced diet instead.
2. MAKING BAD FOOD CHOICES:
Often when we try to “diet” on our own, we make quite a few hasty and uninformed decisions. That includes making poor food choices. Don’t get fooled by food labels that read “low fat”, “low cholesterol”, “baked” and “sugar-free”. To mask the taste of these low-fat or sugar-free foods, a load of artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, and additives are added to these products. They do more harm to your body than good by ruining your immunity and inflaming your gut.
Read the food labels correctly and carefully, and learn to make smart food choices. Opt for as many unprocessed foods as possible.
3. NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP:
If you’re doing everything right and are still not able to understand why weight loss is looking impossible, then sleep deprivation could be a reason. When you are sleep deprived, the level of stress hormone “cortisol” increases in the body which in turn increases the appetite.
Therefore it is important to get a good 6-8 hours of sleep every night in order to make your weight loss journey smoother.
4. GIVING UP TOO SOON:
Many people start their weight loss journey in full swing and with a lot of enthusiasm. But only after a few weeks or a month or trying, they give up after not seeing any weight loss. You need to have patience when you start your weight loss journey. Think about how much time it took you to gain all the excess weight, it usually takes nearly double the time to shed that. Work consistently towards your goal and reap the benefits of the health journey that you’re on rather than hurrying to see the end result.
5. GUT ISSUES:
Often the reason behind the inability to lose weight is your gut. Many researches have claimed that gut microbiota influences the metabolism and hence impacts weight loss. Not only that, your gut controls how hungry you feel and also which nutrients from your food are getting absorbed in the body.
The key is to understand your gut, include foods that are good for your gut, and eliminate the ones which you may be intolerant to. This will facilitate your weight loss in a more effective way.
6. NOT TAKING THE HELP OF AN EXPERT:
Lastly, the most common mistake people make is not taking the help of an expert. Many people are of the opinion that they can manage their diet on their own and achieve quick and good results. Many even make the mistake of following someone else’s diet or a diet plan off the internet.
What needs to be understood is that every individual is different and has different needs and lifestyles. Like “one size doesn’t fit all”, similarly one diet can not be followed by everyone. In fact, following a diet blindly can be really dangerous for the health and can have long term implications. Therefore, it is important to consult a qualified nutritionist who’ll be able to understand your requirements and guide you accordingly.
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