In the spirit of the start of our DietBet weight-loss challenge, I felt it only right to feature a guest post on this topic. ENJOY!
Guest post: James Hundson
Have you been working hard at losing weight and shedding off those extra pounds that you’ve been carrying? Have you been following a strict diet and an exercise routine that promises effective weight loss? Many times, however good the diet or the exercises may seem to be, we often fail to see the expected results. Although you may be working out and sacrificing all the foods that you love, you may not see adequate amounts of weight loss that you have expected. This is because we usually don’t know the other factors that lead to weight gain.
Sometimes, these are found to be useless too. There are many reasons that may result in increasing weight gain and may not allow us to shed them completely. It is important to recognize such reasons and work accordingly along with a control on the diet and the exercises. Have you been working tirelessly to lose weight? Let us see a few surprising reasons why you may not be losing those extra pounds although you have been working so hard.
- Inadequate amount of Sleep: It is true that when you want to burn the fats, you need to keep yourself active. But, the body also needs adequate amounts of sleep. While you are sleeping, your muscles get enough time to relax. Lack of sleep causes one to feel fatigue and forces you to give in for your cravings. It results to an increase in appetite and therefore increases the amount of food you eat. Sleeping less also gives rise to stress that is also a major cause for weight gain.
- Compensation of the Exercise: You may be working hard for hours together in the gym. Working out and sweating for hours is something good and you may see that you are burning enough calories. But, what do you do after that? Usually people are found to get tired after a good amount of exercise and they want to eat something. Here is where you might go wrong. Eating in order to fill up what you have already burnt will help you no longer. This will simply nullify the efforts that you put in to lose those calories. Be sure of what you eat and how much you eat after a workout.
- Larger Portions of Food: Many people complain of not seeing proper results although they follow a healthy diet routine that comprises of nutritional foods divided among the 3 major meals in a day, combined with a little exercise to burn the extra calories. The best advice for such people is that they need to check the size of the portions of food that they are consuming. Although it is all healthy food that you are eating, it has to be consumed in the correct amounts. Too much of eating thrice a day will add calories that would be equal to the amount that would be consumed while having about 5 or 6 meals in a day.
- A Disturbed Medical Condition: There are a lot of illnesses that may cause you to gain weight. At such times you may need to have a control on the diet and the exercise along with the appropriate medication that may be needed to deal with the problem. Illnesses such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Thyroid problems, Menopause and various hormonal imbalances can be the major causes for weight gain. If you have observed a sudden weight gain or slow or negligible weight loss, you will need to get yourself checked to see whether you possess any of these medical problems.
- The Weight does not determine body fat: People are usually mistaken that the reduction in weight shows the amount of fat loss that has taken place. This is not true. The total weight of the body represents the weight of the muscles, bones, fat, etc. You cannot consider the loss of weight as the amount of fat that is lost. The best way to determine whether fat is lost is by checking the measurements of your clothes and the way they fit you.
The entire process of weight loss is in fact a mysterious one. You may never know the exact reason for weight loss or even weight gain. With the introduction of various technologies and techniques in the medical industry, it has now become easy to detect some approximate causes of weight gain. Weight loss is simply a fight that we need to fight courageously against the illnesses that may come our way. Proper food with adequate amounts of exercise and sleep along with the necessary medication that may be needed will help in a considerable weight loss. If you follow a regime that best suits your body type and the internal conditions, you are sure to see the results soon!
Reference links: http://sdpharmaceuticals.com/news/six-workout-myths-debunked/