‘Tips for Losing Weight’ Category

Why Can’t I Lose Weight? 3 Ways Your Body Might be Fighting You

Is your cry, “Why can’t I lose weight”?  If you find it terribly hard to lose even a pound or two, here are three things that may be hold back your weight loss.

Getting Your Sleep

If you don’t get enough relaxing sleep on a continual basis, your body is going to go into defensive mode and will try to conserve calories.

Whoops!  Exactly what you don’t want!  You want your body to metabolize those calories, not hoard them.

What is the amount of adequate sleep you need?   If you’re under 50 years old, it  means at least eight hours of good sleep.  Over 50, you’ll need at least seven hours.

Stressed About Stress

With today’s world, we’re all under stress.  And while you might not be able to do anything about the causes of the stress, you can do something about its effects on your body.

You see, just like lack of sleep, stress triggers  “survival mode” for your body.  Once again, it tries to hoard calories as a defensive mechanism.

Fight back by finding your own ways to de-stress, that don’t involve food.  It could be yoga, relaxation techniques, spiritual guidance, talking with a trusted friend — anything to help you cope with the stress in your life.

The “M” Word — Metabolism

The term metabolism includes all the chemical reactions that occur in the body. This boils down to how your body handles burning calories.

Your body needs a certain amount of energy (in the form of calories) every day to regulate temperature, repair damages and make the various hormones, vitamins, enzymes, etc. that help keep your body healthy.

Did you know that your liver uses 27% of this daily energy, the brain 19% and the heart only 10%?  Plus there’s all the other organs and muscles.

Your metabolism fluctuates from day to day and even within a day.  While you can’t have “no” metabolism (otherwise, you’d be dead), your metabolism might not be functioning as efficiently as it should.  And that means that you need fewer calories to maintain your body’s daily functions.

Why Can’t I Lose Weight

So the above are three things you might be facing if your battle cry is why can’t I lose weight.  As your take-away from this, make sure you:

  • Get enough restful sleep.
  • Find a way (not related to food) to deal with your day-to-day stress.
  • Boost your metabolism; strength training exercise is the best way to do this.

Here’s to your weight loss!

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

If you want to know how to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll need to realize one thing — and that these are two different goals!  And as such, they have different approaches.  Here’s what I mean.

Losing Weight Fast – Not!

When you finally decide you’re going to lose weight, you want it gone — fast!  But here’s the problem.  When you lose weight fast, you’re not changing your eating pattern, except temporarily.

By losing weight more slowly, you are giving new habits (hopefully healthier habits) to form.  And it’s these new habits that can help you keep the weight off.

I do want to mention one thing, though — when you start a new diet, you may indeed lose weight fast for a short while, then level out to a slower rate.  This is normal.  The “fast” I am talking about is continually keeping your body on an accelerated weight loss.

And just to give you a number, anything above 2 pounds a week continually is too fast.

Keeping It Off

This is usually harder than losing the weight in the first place — keeping it off.

On a weight loss plan (a.k.a. diet), you know what you should and shouldn’t eat.  But once you reach your goal and go off that diet — whoa!  The whole world is your oyster, so to speak.

Here’s where the “keep it off” part of how to lose weight and keep it off comes into play.  If you’ve given your body and mind a chance to form new, healthy eating habits, you’ll find it much easier to stay at your goal.

But if you’ve been on a “diet” mentality, you’re going to find it much easier to fall back into the old bad habits that got you into trouble in the first place!

Here’s a tip.  Keep on weighing yourself once a week and if you move up by 5 pounds, time to go back on that weight loss diet.  Catching it at 5 pounds is much easier to handle than waiting until that 5 pounds moves to 15…or 50!

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

So how to lose weight and keep it off once you’ve reached your goal isn’t as tough if you’ve found a healthy weight loss plan that lets you lose weight slowly and creates good new habits.

But you will need to monitor your weight for the rest of your life, in case those bad habits start creeping back.  And losing 5 pounds, which can usually be done in a few weeks, is much easier than if you wait until that 5 pounds is a lot more!