The struggle to lose weight has always been an ongoing battle ever since mankind realized the drawbacks of eating food that only tastes good and nothing more. It’s also ironically harder to lose weight despite the loads of information available to us all over the internet. From diet fads to crazy exercise machines, it only seems to get worse the more you know. It’s not really so much about not knowing what to do but not knowing which to choose.
To address this, we’ve compiled the top 5 reasons why you may not be losing the extra pounds you surely promised to get rid off since the year started.
Your “diet” is wrong
Diet. That word alone is synonymous to death itself for beginners and the uninitiated. Once you realize you have to do this, you breathe deep and get started. It shouldn’t be that hard, right? But why is it you’re still not losing weight and sometimes you even put on pounds instead! What gives? Well the answer to that is this: You’re doing it wrong. Click here for a list of “25 Best Foods For Weight Loss”. The e-book will help you make better choices.
When people here the word “Diet” they often think of not eating or starving yourself to lose weight which couldn’t be any farther from the truth. Sure it involves not eating and it pertains to the type food that makes you fat in the first place. It could be that doughnut you always buy during snack time to the iced tea you drink at your favorite fast food joint. A healthy diet is not just about what you exclude but what you include too. You exclude the unhealthy food and substitute healthy food.
A good example would be omitting sodas and drinking plain water instead. If you don’t like the bland taste of water, drinking green tea or black coffee is a good alternative or simply any drink that doesn’t have added sugar or comes from natural means i.e. fruit juices. Another noteworthy example would be reducing your consumption of oily food such as french fries and opt instead to eat baked potatoes to satisfy your potato cravings. Not only do baked potatoes give you less fat and calories but you also get more nutrients out of it.
You’re not a fan of fruits and vegetables
A healthy diet is not all about calorie intake. You can definitely lose weight by eating less calories but how would your body feel about losing weight and losing nutrition at the same time? You’re surely walking towards a hospital bed if you continue this way and you should stop this habit while there’s still time. How, you ask? By eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Our e-Book has a list of the best fruits and vegetables to add to your diet. Get it free here
It’s funny how as kids we mostly used to hate eating what is good for us only to require it now that our health isn’t exactly faring on the better side of life. Aside from lesser calories and fat, fruits and vegetables offer you a multitude of vitamins, minerals, and even antioxidants which can even aid in burning more fat therefore losing more weight!
You barely drink water
It sounds weird but its true: drinking a lot of water can definitely help you lose weight. Water, on its own, is the healthiest drink you can possibly consume and its ironically because it literally has “nothing” on it i.e. no sugar, no salt, no preservatives, and specially no flavors of any kind. Clear, smooth, bland, water is often underrated when it comes to being a healthy drink. Given that water has a lot of benefits for your body and brain, which are too many to mention in one article, how does it exactly help you lose weight? Before we get to that let’s first dissect the science of losing weight.
To lose weight you need to decrease calorie intake. To decrease calorie intake, you need to eat more food that satisfies your hunger faster for longer periods of time which could also have far lesser calories than your usual burger or soda. This brings us back to water: water has 0 calories which means you can drink it all day and you wouldn’t gain weight at all compared to drinking a 150 calorie soda. How cool is that? Plus drinking water before and after meals help you get full faster and stay full for longer periods of time.
You don’t move a muscle
This is mainly for those who are afraid of sweating. Losing weight is around 80% diet and 20% exercise. Provided that you can lose weight with diet alone, why not further enhance your fat-burning ability by revving up your metabolism too? Not only will it make you lose weight faster and easier but it will definitely make you healthier as a whole. The human body is meant to be mobile after all and sitting or lying around all day isn’t something your body’s supposed to get used to. The more you move, the more calories you burn and the more calories you burn, the more weight you can potentially lose.
Take sitting vs standing as an example. Sitting reduces your body’s calorie burning ability to 1-2 per minute vs standing which burns around 4-5 per minute in rough comparison. It doesn’t sound much but multiply that on a per hour basis and sitting down only burns you up to 120 calories while standing can make you lose up to 300 calories. And you haven’t even began to move yet!
You have analysis paralysis
This is one of those rare occurrences where knowing too much is actually causing you not to do anything at all. You’re not to be blamed. With all these information on how to lose weight and burn fat literally all around us, some people are actually much more preoccupied at thinking of what to start on rather than actually doing something.
Here’s a good tip: try something. It can be anything so long as it is backed up by solid research and not just some crazy anecdote from a random group of people. It doesn’t really matter what you try first as long as you dedicate yourself to it. It can be as easy as joining a Zumba class to something as complex as following an athlete’s diet and workout routine, emulating their healthy lifestyle. If you don’t see results after one month, go to another. What matters is that you’re consistently doing something about your health and that is a whole lot better than reading on for days about what’s best for you.
Losing weight isn’t so complicated as many people may claim it to be. It’s simply all about knowing where to start first and proceeding from there. Start with the list in the e-Book here, and you can try to omit unhealthy food, eat more whole food, drink more water, or exercise. Any of those things can work on their own but it’s the way you fit them in your lifestyle that gives you the results you want. It’s only hard the first few days or weeks but once you make this a daily habit it will definitely be as normal and simple as breathing.