Why Most People Struggle to Lose Weight
More than half of the global population is struggling to lose some pounds to get back to their ideal weight. The internet is full of dieting techniques, exercising tips, and information about fad diets that can help a person lose weight. But then we rarely find someone with a beaming smile claiming that they succeeded in losing weight. Obviously, we find such happy (and lucky) people in advertisements of diet products, but, where are they in the real life? We can find an ocean of before and after pictures of happy dieters but do you frequently meet such persons in your real life? Does that mean all dieting tips are fads?
Almost all weight loss tips you get are very effective in isolation. But, our lives (and weight) are affected by many reasons. Unless we bring every aspect in proper alignment we cannot expect any tips and techniques to work for us. Let us tell you the root causes of failure in losing weight so that you can target to succeed in your next attempt to lose weight.
It takes too long to lose weight – We human beings are naturally impatient creatures and this show clearly when we try to lose weight. We let the fats slowly grow and increase our weight for years. But, as soon as we decide to lose weight we want an instant result. We should know that it naturally takes much longer time to lose weight than to gain it. So, if you are trying to lose weight simply by adopting a healthy lifestyle, then you need to keep lots of patience to see the visible result. If you can’t keep such patience you’ll need to take some external medical help such as doses of HCG hormones to reach your goal faster. So, either be patient or try this one. Without an external medical help such as HCG, it is not possible for a person to stay on very low calorie or restricted diet for very long. Losing weight without a medically developed system is not impossible but it is the true test of your patience. If you lose patience, you won’t lose your weight.
Lack of motivation – Whatever technique you choose to lose weight, you need to stay committed to it. It’s not only about shedding some pounds; it’s about maintaining the weight at the ideal level. And, commitment can never come without self-motivation. Most of the people start dieting because someone else is doing so or because someone bullied them for being obese. Lack of motivation also comes due to the wrong choice of the diet. No diet on earth comes in one size fits all. Everybody has different preferences and so they need to travel different paths to reach the same goal. Some people prefer workouts over going on a low diet while the others will live without eating but won’t go to the gym. If you choose a weight loss programme simply because it worked on someone else, it won’t work if it doesn’t suit your preferences. So, choose a plan that you feel you can follow without losing your mental peace. Dieting is aimed towards gaining your better version so it should keep you happy, not mentally disturbed.
Disturbed circadian rhythm – In the simplest term, circadian rhythm is the natural alarm clock of the body that dictates our sleeping and eating time. Humans have developed many things but still, they are weaker than nature. Take any powerful medicine or use any technology, you cannot stay healthy if you mess up with the natural circadian rhythm of your body. Whatever diet plan you choose, you will have to sleep for 7-9 hours every night to see the benefits. It is not only about sleeping; you need to obey the rules of nature in your eating pattern too. We tend to focus only on what do we eat while following a diet. But, the time of eating is equally important. Whatever diet plan you adopt, keep in mind to take care of the time of eating too. You should take your breakfast every day within an hour of waking up followed by meals every three hours. Even if you are following a diet with a fixed number of calories you should split those calories and eat the food at the proper diet. Eating right food at a wrong time is equally bad as eating wrong foods. So, sleep and wake at the same time after taking 7-9 hours of undisturbed sleep. And, eat at the proper time. Following the circadian rhythm enhance the efficiency of your diet programs significantly.
Moving without planning – The adage ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’ suits very well to the dieting programme. Most of the people take an instant decision that they are starting their diet programme from tomorrow. The next day they work out much more than they normally do and eat a very restricted diet. Even a single bite of French fries or chocolate cake feels like a sin to them. This routine may go up to 2-3 days and then starts lazy morning and binge eating for the much longer period. All this happens because the dieter starts dieting without a proper plan. If you want to stick to a diet programme you must start your mission with proper planning. You first need to note down your present weight and then measure its distance from the ideal weight according to your height and age. Once you know your destination plan your entire journey to reach there. Be very careful at this point so that you don’t fall into the trap of unrealistic goal setting. Break your journey in several small chunks and decide some milestone weight to reach before getting to the final point. Plan every single detail on paper not in verbally in your mind. Weigh yourself daily to see if you are moving in the right direction and at the right pace.
Underlying physiological issues – There are some individuals who plan well and follow the diet rules religiously but gain no benefits. You may have also heard some people complain that they gain weight rather than losing when they try to diet. If you are among those few individuals who fail to see the right result despite doing everything right, there may be some underlying hormonal or physiological issues. In such case, you need to consult a doctor and get yourself thoroughly checked to know the main issue. There are lots of individuals in our society who are obese and their eating habit or physical workout has nothing to do with their condition. If you feel you are gaining weights for no reasons, you should not ignore this issue. This may be an indication of a bigger issue that may be creeping into your body. Even if you are gaining weight due to over-eating, you may have some eating disorder. So, meet a good doctor before beating yourself for being a failure in losing weight. In fact, it is good to have an expert’s advice before jumping into any diet plan for losing weight. You may also consider expert’s advice about the workout that suits your body type.
Take care of these five issues and you can easily shift to the lesser percentage of people who proudly claim that they have lost weight and are now maintain it on the ideal level. And, never forget there’s much more to life than losing and gaining weight. Live your life to the fullest.