November 29, 2011

Why You Can’t Lose Weight?

lose weightMany of weight loss enthusiasts often get frustrated that even after regular dieting and some weight loss exercises, they are not losing weight as per their expectation. The reasons may be several, but in this article, we shall discuss about the common causes of not losing weight even after trying hard.

1. The first cause may be that you are having snacks more often. You may be not hungry, but the sight or thought of snacks compel you to open a pack of potato chips or chocolate. Drinking plenty of water after meal can overcome this condition

2. You may be going to late night parties more often. The metabolic system of your body slows down in the wee hours of night. If you eat late, the foods you had taken get little time to digest properly and stored as fat in the body parts.

3. Metabolism in the aged people also slows down. It is quite natural to gain some weight after you reach 35 years of age. Fat gets deposited in the abdomen, thighs and hips. Taking low fat dairy products, foods that contain less fat and oil, regular exercise can be of help.

4. You are not counting the portion sizes. The foods may be right, but the portion size you are taking is larger. While dining in a restaurant, ask the waiter about the portion size. You can divide a single dish among your family and if you are eating alone, pack the portion you cannot eat. While cooking at home, roughly calculate the total amount that would suffice your entire family member.

5. If your resting metabolic rate is low compared to others, your body will burn less fat even you exercise for longer duration. It is a genetic phenomenon and you cannot control it. Only thing you can do is to cut down the amount of food you eat.

6. Female are more prone to gain weight faster than their male counterpart. Blame to the female hormone. Fat is deposited around the thighs and bums. Men has more muscle mass than female and it helps in burning fat effectively than female.

7. If you do not like to exercise, you cannot lose weight. Proper dieting and adequate exercise, both are needed for effective weight loss. Skip any of them and you are a loser.

8. Proper exercise schedule is mandatory. If you do not exercise whole of the week and do it on the whole Sunday, it will not be of any help. Rather, it will make you exhausted. You should work out three times a week for better result.

9. Do not skip your breakfast. If you do so, you would surely feel hungry till you have time for lunch. And you will continue to take snacks in between which are, of course, full of saturated fat.

10. You may be much stressed out. In this condition, your body produces a hormone called ‘Cortisol’. Cortisol is notorious to produce more hunger.

11. You may be suffering from some diseases like hypothyroidism or cushing’s syndrome. In these conditions, people get flabbier.

12. If you are taking some drugs like antidepressants or on oral contraceptive pill, you may gain weight.

These are in a nutshell why you are losing enough pounds even when you are trying hard. The list is not exhaustive, but includes most of the common causes.

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