Losing weight can be a very frustrating process. We all know there are no miracle solutions, but it can be even more annoying when you feel like you’re doing everything right and it’s still not working. You may be surprised to find out that there are some apparently insignificant things you’re doing that are keeping you from attaining your weight goals.
1. Focusing Too Much on Exercise
Exercise is obviously a very important part of the weight loss process. The benefits of working out extend far beyond mere weight loss. A daily workout routine can help elevate your mood, boost your mobility and prevent heart problems among other things.
However, studies have shown that by itself exercise is not enough. A balanced diet is just as important as a daily workout routine. If you find yourself diligently going to the gym, but not losing any weight, perhaps it’s time to look at your diet as well.
Eating fatty, rich meals and then trying to lose the extra weight by exercising is not going to work. Straining yourself to do so might actually be quite damaging. Instead, you should reevaluate your diet and perhaps try a less grueling workout regime.
Your physical effort and diet should be balanced. The more effort you put into your workout, the more calories your body is going to require. And you might not be able to offset them in the future.
On the other hand, if you continue to exercise and switch to a highly restrictive diet this can also have a negative effect on your overall effect. Consult with a specialist to find the best option for you.
2. Excessive Dieting
The human body has undergone some pretty amazing transformations throughout the ages. However, some of those instincts that helped our species survive in the past are still with us, even though most of us don’t really need them anymore.
Scientists have revealed that when we are dieting our body starts to believe we are starving. And it’s going to do everything in its power to stop that.
According to these studies, our body starts to crave fatty foods more than before. It also begins to store up more fat than usual, in case our body is going to need it.
Dieting should not be confused with eating a balanced diet. Dieting restricts the body’s intake of nutrients, in the hopes that we will eventually lose weight. It rarely works, and if it does, it’s only for a short period of time. A healthy diet, on the other hand, can help you lose extra pounds and maintain that healthy weight for longer periods of time.
3. Eating “Healthy” Or “Diet” Snacks
Healthy snacks are obviously a good replacement for regular snacks when you’re trying to lose weight. And yet sometimes you might be surprised to see that your healthy snacks are not helping, in spite of the fact that you’re eating healthier food overall and exercising regularly.
There are two major pitfalls many tend to fall into when it comes to store-bought diet snacks, or healthy snacks. For one, if you are the check the label, you’ll often be surprised to notice there’s nothing really healthy about them. Many are just as sugary or fatty as regularly snacks.
Then there are diet snacks that use sugar substitutes. Your body doesn’t really know the difference between sugars and sugar substitutes, so when drinking a can of diet soda, for example, your body is going to react as if you’re drinking actual sugar. When it’s not going to receive the sugar, it prepared for, your body is going to demand it more aggressively than before.
4. Watching Shows During the Meal
The process of eating might seem pretty straightforward, but the fact of the matter is there are a lot of functions involved. Taste and smell are the obvious ones, but eating also has a strong visual component as well. It’s the reason why we like to watch a cooking show, or why a beautiful picture of a meal can make us crave that specific food.
When it comes to feeling full, that visual component plays a key role as well. And it seems distractions can actually contribute to weight gain. This is why specialists advise practicing “mindful eating.” It involves setting a clear time-frame to finish your meal and paying as much attention to your food as possible. That way your body can indicate exactly when it’s had enough, and you don’t run the risk of overeating during one sitting.
5. Stressing Out Over Your Weight
Stress is the cause of many of our modern day health problems, so it’s not surprising that it can also make you gain weight. Stressing out over your weight can send your body into a vicious circle in which the more you focus on your extra pounds, the less likely you are to get rid of them.
On the one hand, constantly focusing on what and how much you eat is going to increase your appetite. This can send your body into that starvation mode mentioned earlier.
On the other hand, this constant stress can affect sleeping, which is another factor that contributes to weight gains. Lastly, stress itself triggers the production of hormones which can contribute to weight gain, or at the very least can make it much more difficult to lose weight.
So perhaps if there is any miracle weight loss method, it’s just to stop caring so much about your weight, and focus more on your health and wellbeing.
Patrick Lenhoff is a personal trainer, with more than 6 years of experience in bodybuilding and nutrition who loves helping others achieve their objectives. “Watching them getting closer to their goals is the best feeling in the world.”, says Patrick. Patrick Lenhoff is a regular contributor at Fitnesstechpro