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What If You Can’t Lose Weight? Try The Following

If you are having trouble losing weight, it’s possible that there are some things you’re not doing right. Yes, there are a few instances when inability to lose weight may be down to clear genetic anomalies. But I suggest that you don’t conclude that that’s your case unless first you’ve sincerely done your part of the weight loss bargain.

For starters, how strong is your commitment and determination to lose weight? By that, I’m not saying you have to sacrifice an arm and a leg to achieve it. But as Barack Obama states in one of his books, ‘if we aren’t willing to pay a price for what we want, if we aren’t willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, then we need to ask ourselves whether we truly believe in those things in the first place.’

You surely know that, in the final analysis, losing weight can be reduced to watching your food and working your body. So, could it be that you are not sticking to your exercise and diet program? Why not take a second look around yourself?

If you notice that there are still some unhealthy foodstuff around you, get rid of them, and replace with healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy snacks—such as nuts. Your fats should mostly come from olive oil and fish.

Next, evaluate your physical exercises. If you are not exercising vigorously enough, you’re going to have trouble losing weight, especially if you are considerably overweight to begin with. 20 minutes, 3 times-a-week of aerobic exercise is the minimum recommendation. But fitness experts recommend more frequent workouts for those needing to lose more weight.

In addition, you should also include both cardio and strength training exercises. Cardio exercises will speed up your weight loss, while strength training will tone up your muscles and increase your bone density. You may consider joining fitness groups for consistency and greater results. If you are starting an aerobic exercise for the first time, ensure you get your doctor’s opinion.

You also need to watch HOW you eat. Besides the food you eat (which should be carefully chosen to begin with) when you eat them and the quantity consumed also matter. Unknown to many, metabolism play a large part in weight loss.

It happens that your metabolism determines what portion of what you eat is used up as energy and which portion is stowed away in your body as fats. If most of what you consume is burned up by your body as fuel (energy) you are very unlikely to add much weight. But if the reverse is the case, then you’ll have weight issues to contend with.

The way out is to eat at such times of the day when you are most active, thus giving your body the greatest chance of converting the calories to energy. Best timing include morning and afternoon, in that order. Also, some 30 minutes before exercise sessions. Worst time to eat for weight loss is night. And I suppose we both know why: the body is mostly at rest.

So before concluding that your inability to lose weight is due to some biological disorders, I suggest you try the approaches discussed here. Show greater commitment to your exercises, eat reasonably by watching what you eat and when you eat.

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Are You Having Trouble Losing Weight?

Few things can be more annoying than when a person makes earnest efforts to lose weight and the weight just don’t seem to shift an inch! The tendency is often to quit and take life as one sees it. But that may not necessarily be the wisest thing to do.

At least you embarked on the weight-loss program for well-thought out reasons. Maybe it was to get in shape, to feel better, or maybe it was even for a more critical goal like reversing or reducing a health risk. Whatever your reason, your desire to lose weight is both commendable and achievable.

So why are your efforts not yielding desired results? Could it be that you’re not dutifully following the exercise and diet regimen? Maybe not. Very likely, you’ve actually been exercising faithfully and sticking to a prescribed diet.

The reasons for the poor results may lie somewhere in-between. There are a number of reasons why your weight-loss strategy may not be yielding expected results. Consider the following recent revelations.

The Role Of Biology: Dr. David Ludwig, an Obesity researcher at Harvard university school of medicine states that a person’s genetic make-up and insulin can play a role in stubborn weight issues. In his study involving 73 obese patients, Ludwig found that people who secreted insulin at slow rates appear to lose weight equally well when placed on either a low-fat or a low-glycemic diet.

But those who secreted insulin at a much higher rate clearly lost five times more weight on a low-glycemic diet. In low-glycemic diets, carbohydrate diets like white flour, white potatoes and white rice are replaced with alternatives like whole grain meals.

Could it be that unknown to you, slow insulin secretion is playing a part in your weight loss frustration? Well, if you suspect you have an insulin problem, it is best to visit your doctor for clear diagnosis.

Thyroid-Related Problems: What if a weight-loss diet program that previously worked well no longer delivers the results? Or what if you discovered that you’ve gained weight unexpectedly? Your thyroid levels may be the culprit. According to a report by the National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service, a thyroid disorder known as hypothyroidism can cause puzzling weight gains.

Some 5% of the US population is believed to be suffering from this condition. Hypothyroidism occurs when a person’s thyroid gland produces far too little hormone. Besides causing weight gains, this can also lead to frequent fatigue, sensitivity to cold as well as depression.

Again, your doctor is in the best place to have your thyroid checked if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, especially if a diet plan that previously worked for you appears to have become ineffective.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: This one particularly pertains to women. If you’re a woman and you’re having trouble losing weight, it could be that you’re suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). It affects about 1 out of every 10 women in the United States, mostly women of reproductive age.

In addition to weight gain, other symptoms of this condition include irregular menstruation, excess facial hair as well as acne. According to GirlsHealth.com, PCOS is caused by excess insulin which often leads to hormonal imbalance. It can be treated with drugs which regulate these hormones. Women suffering from PCOS are advised to eat multiple small meals per day which should be high-fiber carbohydrates meals and those high in protein.

But before exploring these other causes it’s good to first look inward. Yes, it’s possible that your failure to lose weight is due to the fact that you’re not exercising vigorously enough or frequently enough in addition to eating the right meals consistently. It is only after you have honestly eliminated these other possible causes that you should look into the other culprits listed above.

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How to Lose Weight Quickly

If you’re obese or overweight, losing weight is something you should take very seriously. It should be a part of a general plan to get your body healthy and into shape. If you are committed to your decision to do it, losing weight can usually be done fast—at least you should begin to see measurable results in a matter of weeks.

But I must add that losing weight is something you must do in a healthy way: it is important you do not go about it in ways that can harm your body. It is when you lose weight in a reasonable way and make definite changes in your lifestyle that you reap the greatest benefits as well as improve the chances of keeping the weight off permanently.

Getting too strict with yourself on any diet or exercise program is a sure way of relapsing back into your former unhealthy diet and lifestyle. To begin with, you need to set weight loss goals and commit yourself to reaching them.

One way you can do this is by telling other people how much weight you want to lose within a given time frame. Just telling yourself that you want to lose 40 pounds, for example, may not be enough.

But when you tell family members, friends or co-workers about your decision to drop a certain amount of weight over a given period of time, their knowledge of your plan often seem to spur you on, as if you’ll look like a failure in their eyes if you either stop or reasonably miss the target. So letting your peers know about it is one good form of commitment, especially if you permit them to tell you their sincere observations.

I believe this is one of the things responsible for the remarkable weight people lose in most televised weight loss TV programs, such as The Biggest Loser. These people are put on the world stage, and they wouldn’t want to appear like failures before the millions of worldwide audience.

Although I have my reservations concerning the weight loss approaches that are used in some of these televised weight loss shows (I’m of the opinion that the participants are over-stretched to breaking points, unhealthy levels), still I acknowledge that they work, mainly due to the millions of gazing eyes which constitute a form of pressure and commitment on the participants to reach their weight loss goal.

For this same reason it is would if you get a personal trainer. So many benefits come with having to report to someone concerning the progress you’re making. Personal trainers themselves agree that being accountable to someone is one of the best and fastest ways to lose weight.

So rather than going it all alone, it would be nice to have someone to watch over the progress you’re making. Not only will your trainer help recommend a good weight loss diet and exercise program, knowing that you’ll report to him every week will keep you committed and on track.

It goes without say, of course, that anyone who desires to lose weight must begin to live differently. This includes being choosy about the food you eat and how you eat them, as well as taking steps to become more physically active.

As far as losing weight is concerned, there are quite a number of ways to train and many diets to choose from. One thing is for sure; whichever method you opt for, if you set specific, time-bound goals and have someone to report your progress to, you’ll make much faster progress.

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