Tired of struggling with weight loss and still remain on the same scale? Maybe you have heard a million times that weight loss is just getting rid of those calories and still you can’t lose weight. The process of losing weight can be very devastating for us especially when we can’t see the progress. Perhaps, you have thought of what went wrong? And those muffin top just can’t seem to be gone from your belly. Researches have shown that weight gain is not only caused by the foods we eat but are also the results of genetic predisposition, environmental influences or lifestyle behaviors. Based on my personal opinion, below are the common problems of weight gain apart from foods.
Firstly, you are not having enough sleep. Lack of sleep is always associated with weight gain because it disrupts your metabolic rate and affects the leptin and ghrelin hormones which are related with hunger.
What you should do: Do not engage on screen such as laptops, TV or phone as it can stimulates your eyes and disturb your sleeping time. Clean up before sleeping and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking or taking other drugs like sleeping pills.
Second, you might not be aware with hidden sugars you consumed per day. Breakfast cereals, sports drinks, sauces and spreads can sometimes contain hidden sugar that you are unaware of. Although these may not seem to be very dangerous like other sugary foods, it can still lead to other health condition such as tooth decay, diabetes, heart disease and most of all obesity.
What you should do: When you are going for a grocery, always check out the Nutritional Fact or the food label. Avoid foods that contains huge amount of sugar (in disguise) such as maltose, fructose, molasses, malt, glucose, sucrose, corn syrup, or fruit juice concentrate. These are sugars that you must avoid if you want to have a healthy, balanced diet.
Third, you are too busy to cook at home. The advantage of cooking at home is that you get the chance to choose what ingredients you mixed in your foods. Foods in the restaurant contain plenty of additives and calories which are hidden from you and you will just end up gaining more weight.
What you should do: Avoid from eating foods in the restaurant and set a time to really prepare your meal every day. As much as possible, prepare an extra freeze-portion meal so that you can have food whenever you are too busy to prepare.
Finally, you are living a sedentary lifestyle. If you want to achieve that healthy body you’ve been dreaming of, get out from your couch and start working out. No more dreaming and start making it a reality. You might want to consider using stairs instead of elevators form now onward.
What you should do: It may be a minimum of 30 minutes’ walk outside the part or the beach followed by a moderate run in order to get your body working and moving. Do this at least 3 times a day to get your heart pumping and allow the smooth blood circulation around your body system. Gradually increase the intensity of your workout if your body needs a push.
There are still plenty of ways you can do in order to get yourself in shape apart from eating calorie-filled foods. The key is simply getting on a healthy lifestyle with the right, positive attitude. Prepare your mind and body to fully embrace the process of weight management, having a pessimistic attitude can only lead to frustration and weight gain. Nevertheless, if you still can’t see changes in your weight, try to consult your doctor. There may be some underlying problem that needs an expert’s advice. I believe that making your health the most priority matter in your life is important because a healthy body can lead to a healthy mind and soul. Never give up in the journey of weight loss. If I can, why can’t you?