Factors that May Prevent Weight Loss
If you’re someone who has been struggling with weight loss, trying every diet available, exercising, but still seeing no results, you’re not alone. The problem may actually lie in several other factors that can be hindering successful weight loss for you.
What are some of the factors that can prevent weight loss?
• Inconsistent Diet Plan
It’s important to maintain a consistent, healthy eating pattern at least six days a week to achieve the weight loss results you desire. For example, if you eat nutritious meals three or four days a week, but then convince yourself it doesn’t matter if you go off your diet of healthy food, and opt for example fried chicken, french fries, or pie, the other days of the week, calories can add up, with added weight gain, instead of losing. Instead, an alternative method that may work better for you is to consider choosing one meal, one day a week, as your splurge meal to try other foods that may be out of your normal routine. That way you have something to look forward to and can eliminate the feeling of being deprived of food you love, which could deter future weight loss.
A daily exercise routine is a great way to burn calories and lose excess weight. Unfortunately, using the same workout routine every time, however, may be one factor that could inhibit any additional weight loss. The body can get used to the same workout all the time and adjust the metabolism accordingly. It’s best to change-up your exercise routine every other day by adding new movements, such as new aerobic exercises, jumping rope, or even including lifting weights to your regimen. You’d be surprised how even a little change can boost your metabolism to help shed those unwanted pounds.
It’s important to know if any medications you are currently taking could be a contributing factor in hampering your current weight loss plan, or even in part responsible for any weight gain. Discuss any weight concerns with your doctor who may be able to change your current prescription, or alter the dose appropriately. If medication changes are not possible, changing your diet to include foods that boost the metabolism may help. For example, citrus fruit such as grapefruit, oranges, and lime may hike the metabolism to help burn calories more efficiently.
• Lack of Motivation
Although it may be frustrating if you know you are doing everything right to try to lose weight, including changing to a low-fat, nutritious diet plan, and adding a daily exercise regimen, but you still are finding no positive results, don’t give up. It may take time for some individuals to see any progress right away, but it will happen if you continue in pursuing your weight loss goals. Keep yourself motivated with the support of other individuals who are trying to lose weight such as joining weight loss support groups. There are people who are struggling with the same weight issues as you are that can give you the encouragement you need to continue in your weight loss program.
Sometimes achieving a successful diet and exercise programs may be hampered by other factors such as anxiety, or depression. Consult your physician who will determine if there is any underlying medical condition causing the anxiety or depression, or he, or she, can refer you to the appropriate clinical psychologist for further evaluation.
Although it may take time, successful weight loss can be attained through proper nutrition, exercise, and motivation, for anyone who is determined to achieve their goals.