Most think they just need to eat less and exercise more to lose weight but unfortunately, it’s often not that simple. Today we are going to take a look at the many reasons why you may be having difficulty losing weight despite a good diet and exercise.
The question is, ‘How do we make a change that lasts?’ Remember, losing weight is not a short term diet, it is a lifestyle change. Try to make a few positive changes each week over a few weeks so you can ease in gently.
First of all, here’s a bit of advice to get the best out of your exercise.
Brief intense bursts of exercise work your muscles more and that burns more calories than walking at a steady pace. Try to accelerate for 15-20 second intervals then cruise for a minute and go again. This allows you to burn more calories without producing a lactic acid build up in the muscles and that painful post exercise muscle stiffness/soreness.
Make sure to keep the risk of overuse injury in mind. If you rush into a strenuous workout before your body is ready, you may hurt your muscles, tendons or bones. Instead, start slowly. Try just one or two higher intensity intervals during each workout at first. If you think you’re overdoing it, slow down. As your stamina improves, challenge yourself to vary the pace. You may be surprised by the results.
Go for a walk with family and friends instead of just sitting around. Throw a Frisbee with the grand kids, enjoy a walk on the beach or a light swim, or just play with the grand kids in the back yard or at the local park. We are designed to move, so get out there, burn off a few calories and have some fun.
With a healthy mind and body, we feel great, display a glow on our face, and ooze energy and vitality to enjoy life!
A little extra help to lose weight:
If you think you are doing everything right but still have difficulty losing weight any of these may be the cause:
Small amounts of stress are desirable and beneficial to health. Positive stressors improve motivation and physical performance, and allow us to react to our environment. With a normal response, bodily stress causes fatigue; we compensate, recover, and get fitter, faster, and stronger. Problems occur when stress gets out of control. The adrenals stimulate adrenalin and cortisol in high amounts to survive.
The importance of good bowel health cannot be underestimated.
Bad oestrogens can also be absorbed from plastics particularly when using glad wrap on hot foods, microwaving foods in gladwrap or drinking from a warm plastic bottle.
Men who eat a high carbohydrate diet or drink a lot of alcohol which is still carbohydrate, inhibit the production of testosterone and increase oestrogens. They may develop ‘man boobs’.
Here are some tips to survive the parties without the fallout:
*I do need to make an important point here. In my experience helping many of my clients lose weight, most have needed to avoid alcohol to lose weight. The liver needs to clean up. If the liver is sluggish you will not lose weight.
Are you experiencing trouble losing weight? What have you tried? What will you try next? Tell us below.