Saturday, August 06, 2016

17 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight

17 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight

17 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight

1. You think you're eating healthy, but aren't. Does your diet consist of a massive amount of "products"? Low-carb or not, you want to eat real food. Flagons of diet soda, plates of pure fiber in the shape of noodles, and loaves of 1g net carb "bread" do not a Primal eating plan make. You're just feeding an addiction and consuming empty calories - sound familiar? Disregard the labels and look inside for what you know to be true: this crap isn't food, and you shouldn't be eating it. It's about way more than just low-carb.

2. You're under too much stress. The stress response system is subconscious; it responds to stimuli and nothing else. Emotional stress, physical stress, financial stress, relationship stress - I hesitate to even make these distinctions, because the body does not differentiate between sources of stress. They all cause the body to produce cortisol, the fight-or-flight hormone that catabolizes muscle, worsens insulin resistance, and promotes the storage of fat. For 200,000 years, stress meant a life or death situation. It was intense and infrequent, and the cortisol release was arresting and extreme enough to improve the chances of survival. Today, our body responds to a stack of paperwork the same way. Traffic jams are like rival war bands. A nagging boss is like a rampaging mastodon, only on a daily basis. Take a step back from your life and take stock of your stress levels - they may be holding you back.

3. You need to watch your carb intake. Carbs are key, as always, especially when you've got weight to lose. Veer closer to the bottom of the curve, taking care to avoid all processed food (hidden sugars). You might also try skipping fruit.

4. You're adding muscle. I always tell people not to get hung up on the scales so much. Those things are useful - don't get me wrong - but they never tell the whole story, like whether or not you're adding lean mass. The PB will spur fat loss, but it also promotes muscle gain and better bone density. If you're feeling good but failing to see any improvements register on the scale's measurements, it's most likely extra muscle and stronger bone from resistance training. You wouldn't know that just from the bathroom scale. If you absolutely need objective records of your progress, get a body fat percentage test (although these might not even tell the whole story) or try measuring your waist.

5. You're not active enough. Are you Moving Frequently at a Slow Pace for three to five hours every week? Remember: the near-daily low-level (between 55-75% max heart rate) movement should be the bedrock of your fitness regimen. It's easy to do (because every bit of movement counts) and it doesn't dip into your glycogen reserves (making it a pure fat burner, not a sugar burner). If you're on the low end of the spectrum, crank it up toward five weekly hours and beyond.

6. You're lapsing into Chronic Cardio. Of course, you can go too far with the low-level movement - you can begin to lapse into Chronic Cardio. When you stay above 75% of your maximum heart rate for extended periods of time, you're burning glycogen. Your body in turn craves even more sugar to replenish the lost stores, so you polish off a heap of carbs, preferably simple and fast-acting. You can continue down this route if you wish - I did, for a couple decades - but you'll gain weight, lose muscle, release more cortisol, and compromise any progress you might have made.

7. You still haven't tried IF. Results vary, but if you've seemingly tried everything else, intermittent fasting can be a great tool to break through a weight loss plateau. Make sure you've fully transitioned onto a Primal eating plan and start small. Skip breakfast and eat a late lunch. If that feels okay, skip breakfast and lunch the next time. Just take it slow and pay attention to your hunger. Eventually, try exercising in a fasted state to maximize the metabolic advantage. If all goes well, your hunger won't necessarily disappear, but it'll change. A successful IF tames hunger, makes it less insistent and demanding.

8. You're eating too much. Low-carb isn't magic. It reins in wild hunger and tames insulin, but calories do still matter - especially once you approach your ideal weight. In fact, those last few pounds often don't respond to the same stuff that worked so well to get you to this point. Eating nut butter by the spoonful and hunks of cheese without regard for caloric content may have gotten you this far, but you've got to tighten things up if things aren't working. And that's the real test, isn't it? There is a metabolic advantage to eating according to the PB, but if the weight isn't coming off, something's up - and calories may need to come down.

9. You haven't overcome bad habits or developed good ones. Be brutally honest with yourself. Do you engage in bad habits? If so, identify them. Make tentative, loose plans to disengage from their clutches, and tell people close to you. Make it public, so you can't back out without losing face. You've also got to develop good ones. Follow roughly similar guidelines as when kicking a bad habit - identification, planning, publication - and you'll be on your way.

10. You haven't purged and Primalized your pantry. Out of sight, out of mind; out of reach, out of mouth. Keep the crappy junk food out of your pantry, if not out of your house altogether. Go down the list and toss the stuff that doesn't apply. As for the rest of your kitchen, check out the fridge interiors and grocery lists of some other Primal folks for inspiration.

11. You've reached a healthy homeostasis. It may be that your body has reached its "ideal" weight - its effective, genetic set point. Reaching this level is generally painless and effortless, but it won't necessarily correspond to your desired level of leanness. Women, especially, tend to achieve healthy homeostasis at higher body fat levels. Breaking through plateaus can be hard enough, but plateaus ordained by the body itself can be nearly impossible. It's probably going to take some serious tinkering with carbs, calories, activity levels, sleep, and stress. If everything else is on point and accounted for, you may be looking at healthy homeostasis. Then, the question becomes: do you want to mess with a good thing?

12. You're low on willpower. Willpower is like a muscle. It must be used or it will atrophy. You've also got to provide fuel for your will - little victories to start out. Go for a walk if you can't muster the will for the gym. Take note that willpower, or lack thereof, might actually be an indicator of your body's needs. If you truly can't muster up the will for the gym, it may be that your body needs to recover. When that's the case, overtraining is a bigger danger than lack of will.

13. You're full of excuses. If you find yourself having mini self-contained internal arguments throughout the day (and you lose), or (even worse) lying to yourself about what you're eating and doing, you're probably also full of excuses. Read this, maybe twice, then follow up with this.

14. You haven't actually gone Primal! We get a good number of new readers on a regular basis, and not all of them take instantly to the Primal concepts. And yet they come back. They read the archives, the comments. Something draws them near, while at the same time keeping them at arm's length. Why is that? What's stopping them? If that describes you, what are you waiting for? Take the plunge. Go Primal for 30 days and see how you like it. I assure you; the many enthusiastic community members are here because it works.

15. You're not getting enough sleep. Chronic levels of sleep deprivation cause the release of cortisol, our old fat-storing friend. The biggest spike in (fat-burning, anabolic) growth hormone plasma levels occurs in deep sleep. And a recent sleep study showed that truncated sleep patterns are linked to weight gain. Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

16. You haven't given it enough time. The Primal Blueprint is a fat loss hack, undoubtedly, but it isn't always a shortcut. Some people get instant results from dropping carbs, grains, sugar, and vegetable oils, while others have to take a month to get acclimated and only then does the weight begin to slide off. Either way, though, this is a lifestyle. You're in it for the long run. Approach it with the right mindset and you won't get discouraged.

17. You're eating too much dairy. Some people just react poorly to dairy. We see this time and time again listed in the forums; dairy just seems to cause major stalls in fat loss for a good number of folks. There are a couple speculative reasons for this. One, folks coming from a strict paleo background may not be acclimated to the more relaxed Primal stance on dairy. Reintroducing any food into the diet after a period of restriction can have unintended consequences on body composition. Two, dairy is insulinogenic, which is why it's a popular post-workout refueling tool for athletes. Does a non-strength training PBer need to drink a few glasses of milk every day? Probably (definitely) not.

Bonus Reason: Sprinting is not part of your fitness routine. I've found that many assume that they're getting everything they need from their workouts from plenty of low level aerobic activity and a couple of strength training sessions each week. Sprinting is often overlooked, but it's one of the Primal Blueprint Laws for a reason. Nothing shreds you up faster than sprinting. I'd ease into sprints if you've never done them or are extremely out of shape or overweight. That is, I recommend you have some measure of fitness aptitude before you jump into a routine. But once you're ready do 6-8 all out sprints (with short breaks between) once a week to break a weight loss plateau when all other attempts have failed.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

So! Why Am I Not Losing Weight?
I work out four to five days each week. I eat "low fat/no fat" everything and I carefully count Calories. I never eat after 6:00 P.M. and I rarely eat desert. I eat whole grains and try to follow the recommended food guide. I have been faithful to this program for nearly two years but I still can't lose those twenty excess pounds.

So! Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

If the foregoing scenario sounds familiar despair not for you are not alone. Also, don't be discouraged because there are some answers to your problems. Read on.

If your are troubled by this frustrating, routinely recommended "diet and exercise" system and find that you also tend to gain all of your shed kilograms / pounds back every time you digress from your program you are likely among the 75+% of the population who have not been controlling your Insulin levels.

The Heller's of "The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet" fame would call you an addict. Some would call you Insulin resistant and others would call you "Pre-Diabetic". It doesn't matter what your condition is called, the reality is, you are likely not controlling your insulin levels.

North Americans are eating less fat than ever recorded in history and yet they are gaining weight to a point where the World Health Organization has called it an epidemic. We also have a Type II Diabetes epidemic in progress and a new case is diagnosed every 8½ minutes in Canada. Type II Diabetes is the condition where you produce enough or a lot of insulin but appear to be resistant to its proper utilization - it is know as Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes or Adult Onset Diabetes)

The form of Diabetes is totally controllable by diet although few choose that route. Most Type II Diabetics gain weight because the excess insulin (the storage hormone) prevents the mobilization of free fatty acids to be burned for energy.

Could the problem be that the "Politically Correct" diet recommendations are in fact less than correct for the majority. Scientific publications contain a wealth of documentation demonstrating that excess insulin may be the culprit responsible for excess weight gain. Dr. Norman Kaplan, author of the medical text book "Clinical Hypertension" states 'most overweight people are hyper-insulinemic' (too much insulin in the bloodstream). Dr. Calvin Ezrin, professor of endocrinology at UCLA and author of "The Endocrine Control Diet and its second edition "The Type II Diabetics Diet" outlines very clearly the research on hyperinsulinemia and its many negative effects on human health.

Insulin, the famous storage hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to elevated blood sugar, might be dubbed the Good guy / Bad guy. You can't live without it, just ask any Type I Diabetic but too much causes a virtual smorgasbord (pardon the pun) of problems.

Problems like :

  • Frequent hunger
  • Fat storage
  • Sodium retention - leading to fluid retention and hypertension
  • Essential Fatty Acid Metabolic interference leading to hormonal imbalances and inflammatory conditions
  • Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Prostate growth.

Excess insulin is the result of either a condition of insulin resistance or from an over sensitized pancreas which over produces insulin in the presence of rapidly rising blood sugar. Regardless of the cause the ONLY SOLUTION is to control the amount of blood sugar and the rate at which blood sugar rises.

So to answer the question posed in the title: Because you are not controlling your blood insulin levels.

The only way to control blood insulin levels is through careful and responsible selection of carbohydrate sources and to exercise. Exercise does reduce insulin levels but only for about two hours (less if you follow your exercise with a high carbohydrate drink or snack which is a good idea to speed recovery following exhaustive exercise-not a good idea following moderate aerobic exercise designed to help you burn Calories and lose weight).

I have found the least painful and healthiest way for dietary control of insulin is to follow a food selection program of 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 30% fat. (Remember that even the American Heart Association does not endorse fat intakes below 30%). This plan has been dubbed the 40-30-30 plan as opposed to the typical dietary habits and recommendation of 60-15-25 or 55-15-30 or the athletes diet of 60-20-20. A few simple rules need to followed in a 40-30-30 eating plan (which is not a short term "diet" but rather a responsible lifestyle choice):

· Eat protein in every meal and every snack-no exceptions
· Eat some of your protein and fat first to control the rate of blood sugar elevation
· Choose low Glycemic Index (raise blood sugar slowly) vegetable and fruit as your main sources of carbohydrates. They have higher nutritional density per Calorie and more fibre. Minimize pop, juice, dried fruit, bananas, root vegetables, and corn.
· Choose fewer grain products as your carbohydrate choices and always use the most unprocessed versions.
· Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and high quality proteins are the "spark plugs to metabolism" choose them wisely. Be sure there are some EFAs in every meal.
· Food Supplementation is not an option for enduring good health. It is a necessity. -Start with a complete and reputable Multi Vitamin and some EFAs like Lecithin and GLA.

Good choice examples

Breakfast: 2 eggs, ½cup plain yogurt, 1 slice whole grain bread, 1cup strawberries and 1 Tbsp of slivered almonds (adds good fat).

Lunch: 4 oz. grilled chicken, 2 cups of lettuce, ¼ cup each of onions, mushrooms and tomatoes, some spices of choice with 2 Tbsp of Oil & vinegar dressing and an orange for desert.

Dinner: 5½ oz. fish fillets, and ½ oz of shredded cheese ; 1 cup chopped spinach salad with onion, red pepper and lemon juice and 2 Tbsp of oil & vinegar dressing. ½ a pear for desert.

2 snacks for the day could include : ½ cup of plain yogurt or 1 oz of cheddar cheese and

½ an apple, or 1 cup of 1% milk and 4-6 almonds or 1 oz of soft cheese and 1 cup V-8 juice

I don't count Calories in this program, I only offer them here as a frame of reference. Your nutritional choices are far more important than the number of Calories. High quality diets are automatically lower in Calories because it is easier to supply the nutrient demands. This would be approximately a 1300 Calorie day and I can assure you will not feel hungry, You will have lots of energy and you will lose weight if you need to.

Dr. L. Lee Coyne, Ph. D.
Dr. Coyne is a former Professor of exercise physiology and nutrition and the nutrition coach to many high performance athletes including several Canadian Olympic teams. (Tanya Dubnicoff, Olympic cyclist, Michelle Morton, Olympic speed skater, several Olympic Biathletes, skiers and hockey players, Jamie Clarke, Everest Summiteers) and Neil Runions - 2 time finisher of the Badwater 135 Mile ultramarathon. His writing appears regularly in a bi-monthly health and fitness magazine "Impact" and monthly in a monthly "Elements Fitness & Nutrition" -Oklahma City.

His books include "Fat Won't Make You Fat", "The Sports Nutrition Coaches Handbook" & "Nutritional Symptomatology, the consumers handbook". His most recent release is "The Little Book of Nutrition Nuggets".

He is the President of Lean Seekers International and he is the nutrition coach for the endurance program "Critical Speed".

Monday, April 06, 2015

4 Surprising Reasons For Not Losing Weight
Reasons For Not Losing Weight
You can be doing all the right things and still have unexplained reasons for not losing weight... frustrating to be sure, but all too common for many women. Before you beat yourself up for your lack of success, consider these four hidden health conditions that might be sabotaging your best efforts.

1. Thyroid Problems

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the way your body uses energy. If this organ is underactive (hypothyroidism) your metabolism is disrupted which has many effects on the body. More common in women, the condition is usually diagnosed in the 40s and 50s. There are estimates that a full 10% of adults have hypothyroidism.

Besides that inability lose weight (or even gaining some) you might notice fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, muscle weakness and joint pain, heavy periods, increased sensitivity to cold, perhaps even depression. You can have a low-grade hypothyroidism and just feel "off" without any obvious sign of illness.

Ask your primary care physician for a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) screening. While traditional levels are between.45 and 4.5, if you're above 2.0 you probably will struggle to lose weight. Ask your doctor to look at T-3 and T-4 levels too. Some patients do well with a low dose thyroid hormone (Synthroid).

2. Hormone Imbalance

As many as 1 in ten women of childbearing age are believed to have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is known to cause ovulation problems and infertility, while also being linked to insulin resistance.

This is a possible explanation for your lack of weight loss success if you also have irregular periods, extra face and body hair, acne, some male pattern balding as well as the expected trouble getting pregnant. Not everyone with PCOS has weight issues.

Your gynecologist can test your levels of sex hormones, look at your blood sugar and insulin levels or order an ultrasound to look for cysts on your ovaries. Treatment involves lifestyle changes (eating healthy, exercising regularly) and watching your intake of refined carbs and added sugars. Your doctor might prescribe a medication that can treat insulin resistance and help you get pregnant.

3. Food Intolerances

Anyone with a food allergy knows what food they must avoid, but few of us are aware of the food intolerances that affect an estimated one I in ten people. An intolerance can be caused by a lack of a certain digestive enzyme (lactose intolerance, for example) or sensitivity to food additives (sulfites, for example). These intolerances (most commonly dairy, gluten, eggs, soy, corn and nuts) tend to show up over time and can bring on bloating and water weight gain, along with other symptoms.

If you often have bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation as well as symptoms that aren't related to digestion such as mild asthma, eczema, headaches, muscle and joint pain or fatigue, you need to talk with your doctor, and perhaps get a referral to a gastroenterologist. An elimination diet can start you on your way to figuring out what foods you can eat. Start by removing gluten and dairy and move on to the others. You can then systematically re-introduce foods and watch for your reactions.

You may need to say good-bye to a favorite food you can't tolerate forever, but in milder cases you can first try using a daily probiotic supplement that brings back the good bacteria (yes there are good bacteria) to your digestive tract. Look for one with at least 10 billion live bacteria per capsule.

4. Medication

While many prescription medications do you a world of good, there are some unwelcome side effects, weight gain often being one of these. Estimates have as many as 50 commonly used drugs that have weight gain as a side effect. Antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-seizure medications, diabetes drugs, high blood pressure pills, steroids and birth control pills can all be at fault.

If you notice you've gained weight within a few weeks of starting a new medication, keep and eye on your progress, stick to your diet and fitness goals and discuss this with your doctor if you aren't better by the first month. Often there's an alternative medication that can be prescribed.

Never just stop taking a medication just because it may be one of the reasons for not losing weight. Talk with your doctor first. Treating the condition you're taking the drug for is your main concern. Side effects, while unpleasant, are still better than the condition the drug is managing for you.

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Not Losing Weight? Know Why?
Not Losing Weight
Not losing weight, read on to know why. Don't worry if you are over weight. Now a days being over weight is very common and there is nothing very serious to worry about. All you need to get down from the ladder of weightiness is to put control over your diet. Here by saying so, I am not advising you to go on starvation but rather telling you to take healthy food.

In order to lose weight you should first know the cause which made you over weight. For every thing there is cause and effect relationship. So get to know the likely causes for not losing weight.

First of all, there are no one or two factors governing from which we can point out the real cause for not losing weight. There are dozens of factors for getting over weight.

So now let me pose few questions to you before you get down to burn away your fat.

Do you have insomnia?
Symptoms of not being able to get proper sleep are fatigue, low energy levels, nodding of easily, feeling irritable. When you are tired you cannot be to able to handle stress easily, so you reach for food as a coping mechanism thereby increasing in your calorie intake. Rest is very important for your body in order for your body to store fat more efficiently. Due to physiological stress fats in your body gets accumulated inefficiently, thereby making the needle on the scale go up.

Strive to get at least 8 hours of sleep daily without fail. Along with good sleep you need to add moderate amount of exercise to your daily routine.

Are you under any kind of stress?
The pace of life has increased dramatically since the advent of information technology, we live in a society which demands more from us thereby increasing stress in our lives, which indirectly effects our health. Everyone has different capacity of coping with stress. In response to stress whether it may be emotional or physical stress triggers a biochemical process where our body goes in to survival mode. In such situations our bodies store fuels, metabolism rate comes down, and our body dump out chemicals which are more likely to cause 'abdominal weight gain'.

Stress also could be responsible for not losing weight.
Relaxation techniques like meditation and moderate level of excise helps in burning excess amount of fat and increase other health benefits.

Are you on any type of medication or drugs ?
Before I say anything about drugs, first I would like to say that every drug behaves differently when it comes to adding weight to your body.
Some prescription drugs used to cure depression, mood disorder, seizures, diabetics, migraine, blood pressure can cause weight gain from moderate to immoderate amount. Every drug works a little differently to cause weight gain, from increasing appetite, altering the fat stored, to how insulin level change.

Not all drugs have same side effects on all people. Some drugs can cause fluid retention which give false indication of fat gain and can easily be corrected.

Experts say that some of the most common types of medication that may result in weight gain are:
o Steroids
o Antidepressants
o Antipsychotics
o Antiseizure medications
o Diabetes medications
o High blood pressure medications
o Heartburn medications

If you suspect any of your medication for causing weight gain then consult your health care provider to see about changing your prescription.

Are you suffering from hypothyroidism?

The most common medical condition for weight gain is 'hypothyroidism'. What actually hypothyroidism does is, it considerably decreases the amount of metabolism rate causing loss of appetite and weight gain. The most common symptoms are headaches, feeling tired, lethargic, sleeping too much , intolerance to cold then you must consult your physician in first place. Then it is likely that you might have fallen prey to this disease. If you are not losing weight then hypothyroidism could be the culprit.

Much rarer is a condition known as 'Crushing's syndrome - a disorder caused by excess of the hormone known as 'cortisol' - that can also result in weight gain.

Have you reached menopause ?
Women reach menopause at range of ages and most of them are in midlife and are often less active then when they were younger. The metabolic rate slows down with age. When women go through menopause they lose the hormone known as 'estrogen' causing their change in shape - usually loss of hip and thigh weight. And they start to gain more weight in the middle.

Estrogen favors fat deposition in the lower body and when they lose this hormone the weight gets deposited in the midsection of the body. Low levels of estrogen hormone could be responsible for not losing weight in women who have reached their menopause.

Experts say women need to understand how critically important weight lifting and strength training is to their health. Don't worry doing strength training doesn't make women muscle-bound.

A healthy calorie-controlled diet rich in vitamin D and calcium along with little workout is the answer to menopausal weight gain. There are the most important and common reasons for not losing weight.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

How Come I Am Not Losing Weight?
In the spring, almost everyone is worried how they will look in last year's bikini or summer dress. It's the time of year to lose those extra pounds you put on over the winter.

You start working out on a regular basis, watching your calorie intake, and you even stopped eating late at night and as well as limiting your alcohol consumption. Yet somehow, in spite of your devoted efforts, you lost a mere fraction of the weight you were hoping to lose. What's going on?

I Am Not Losing Weight

Here are the top five reasons you are having a difficult time losing weight despite all your hard work and what you can do about it.

1. What Kind Of Calories Are You Putting In Your Body?

Everyone knows that in order to lose weight you must cut your caloric intake. But it's equally important to realize that the calories you are consuming on a daily basis need to come from whole foods, as opposed to over processed foods.

Are the majority of your calories coming from foods like lean meats, fresh vegetables and fruits, and pure water? Or do they come from processed foods that contain high amounts of refined sugar, preservatives and carbohydrates?

Your body knows the difference between healthy food and junk food. If you put junk in, you'll get junk out. Your body cannot run efficiently on garbage. So even if you are keeping your caloric count in check, make sure your giving your body what it needs in terms of healthy food.

2. The More You Eat, The More You Lose

Contrary to what this sounds like, it's true. The more food you eat, the more weight you will lose. Why? Because you will keep your metabolism burning hot all day long if you stay out of the hunger zone.

When you feel hungry, that's your body's way of telling you it needs food. If you don't feed it, it will "hang on" to fat as a reserve and thus, you cannot lose weight. Your metabolism slows down and so does your weight loss.

How many calories you need daily is relative to your weight, exercise level, and age. However, most people need an average of 1,200 calories a day in general.

3. Beverages Contain More Calories Than You Think

Most people are successful at counting the calories in food. Although, many times there are even more calories hidden in the things we drink. Often times, people forget to consider this.

A glass of sweetened tea or a can of Pepsi both contain many calories. When dieting, you must account for these calories, because they add up rather quickly. People really get off track when they consume beer or any other kind of alcohol since they generally have more than one.

Ease up on the liquid calories by switching to water every other drink. Not only will this significantly cut your caloric intake, you will stay better hydrated and your liver will thank you too.

4. Stress Can Pack On The Pounds

Stress is a key factor in gaining weight. In today's world, stress is more common than ever.

Most people don't realize that when you feel stress, the body generates an overabundance of a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol is the body's fight-or-flight mechanism that boosts our fat reserves when we feel any kind of stress.

You may be giving your diet and exercise regimen 100% effort, but if you are stressed out over other issues, it will all be in vain. Slow down, re-examine your lifestyle, and address any stress-inducing issues first.

5. Sleep Is Essential To Losing Weight

You are eating healthy and working out on a consistent basis, but are you getting enough adequate sleep?

A good night's rest is just as important as diet and exercise. Your body needs between 6 and 8 hours of restful, uninterrupted slumber each and every night.

Sleep deprivation works the same as being too stressed out; it triggers excess Cortisol too. So remember, if you are worried or tired, your body will do everything in its power to hold on to fat.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight Inspite of Working Out
The main objective behind your preparing an elaborate fitness plan and stretching out regularly (according to the plan) is to lose weight and develop a well toned body. But you're not satisfied with your workout regimen either because you're not shedding the extra pounds you targeted or you're gaining those extra flab after you lost weight drastically in the start-up.

10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight Inspite of Working Out

You've been jogging vigorously, doing 50 push ups everyday and lifting weights but to no avail. Contrary to what you might think, the answers lie in the apparently insignificant customs that you follow which are not in any connected with your weight loss regimen but might be interfering with your sincere efforts. Taking stock of the following issues might help.

1. Not having a sensible eating program

Most individuals on a weight-loss program do not have an eating plan that is balanced. Whatever the cause might be, many people polish off a sumptuous meal after working out strenuously.

You cannot expect to lose weight if the calories that are burnt are replenished in no time by gorging on hamburgers and ice-creams almost immediately after an exercising session. You should supplement your diet with fresh fruits, vegetables, lentils, lean meat, dry crackers, fish, and control your cravings for processed foods with a high sugar and fat content. Do not snack in between meals and eat sensibly.

2. Relying too much on quick fixes

You know that you can't gain if you don't stick out with your fitness plan. The road to success had never been easy and it applies to your weight loss stratagem as well. Don't be under the assumption that you'll be able to get the results you wish to see in a short time. And quick fixes will not help either.

Going for nutritional supplements and fat burners to supplement your balanced meals is perfectly all right. But don't depend entirely on these supplements to give you the desired results. Just be steadfast with your weight loss program and dieting plan.

3. No long term goals

Before you chalk out fitness regimen, you should be in the know that losing weight is not an interim affair. That is, once you start shedding the excess load you should not slacken or give up on your daily exercises.

You should fit your workout schedule into your daily routine and make it a habit. If you exercise vigorously in the first few months and then give it up all together after having achieved your fitness goals, you'll again add on the weight you lost in no time. Just think of the travails you went through to lose the extra kilos.

The most difficult part comes when you don't lose weight as consistently as you did in the first few weeks. The only way out is to keep at it and not letting go.

4. Not on the right plan

You might get frustrated if you don't see yourself losing the requisite level of weight in the first few weeks even after working out regularly and quite aggressively. Maybe you're not on the right plan. It's best to consult a fitness expert or a health instructor who'll be able to work out a weight loss regimen exclusively for you.

5. Not focused enough

If you're not earnest about losing weight, then all your efforts will come to naught. You should be focused on your workout program and stick to it with missionary zeal. You should always think positively and not get discouraged by remarks and invectives from other people. Catch up on fitness articles and socialize with positive minded people.

6. Inconsistent

You're the socializing type who likes to break into a conversation with fellow gym members whenever you get the opportunity. Save your gregarious urges for the social circuits and try to be consistent while you're working out. Taking too many breaks between running on the treadmill and cycling on the bike will render your program dysfunctional.

7. Working overly hard

Being obsessive with your workouts, more often than not may be your undoing. If you're pushing yourself too hard and not getting the results then you should take a break, rejuvenate yourself and get back with renewed vigor.

8. Not sleeping enough

Your body will need more rest (than it normally does) when you're on a fitness schedule. You should aim at getting 8 hours of sleep so that you feel invigorated enough to start afresh the morning after.

9. Not taking enough water

Water is an excellent energizer and fat burner as it does not contain any fat or calories and keeps your body hydrated as well. Drink 3 to 4 litres of water everyday.

10. Taking large helpings

Once you start losing weight, your body adjusts to your eating plan and burns lesser calories so that you have the energy to keep you going. If you go back to consuming high protein meals and foods rich in calories you'll have only yourself to blame for regaining the kilos you lost.

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