Have you been hitting the gym on a daily basis, eating rabbit food for the past two months, repeatedly drinking green tea and a lot of water yet the readings on the weight scale still makes you cry? Even after cutting down sugar and carbs, tried out fad diets on the internet and still can’t lose even an inch of your waist? It is important to understand that there are various factors that can inhibit your weight loss. Weight loss is not all about working out and eating less.
This is all counter to what people think they know. Just because someone is obese or overweight, does not mean they are not trying. In fact the pressure alone from the society contributes to weight gain. Here are some of the other factors behind size and thighs, fats and butts;
Those who have a family history of obesity may have challenges maintaining healthier weight. Other genetic disorders such as Prader-Willi syndrome are linked to obesity. However, factors such as eating healthy and increasing physical activity can help prevent obesity in people with these disorders.
It has been proven that in response to stress, some people turn to food instead of alcohol or recreational drugs for stress relieve. When cortisol,’ the stress hormone’ is high, the body craves starchy or sugary foods, which are known to contribute to weight gain. As much as it’s hard to avoid stress in our day to day life, try and do activities that can relieve stress such as listening to music, meditation, jogging etc.
The rate of metabolism differs with people. Some are slower than others due to body size, age or digestive tract health in general. This explains why people experience different results even when on the same weight loss program. Exercises is one of the best way to boost your metabolic rate. Also foods like vegetables and fruits.
Some hormonal imbalance conditions, such as hypothyroidism, insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), might make it difficult to lose weight. You need to do a hormonal test to confirm any of these and your doctor will prescribe the required hormone to correct the imbalance. A low-fat, low-glycaemic-index (GI) diet will be in deed helpful and daily exercise will improve your weight and insulin and glucose levels.
Deprivation to sleep upsets our hormone balance. People who sleep at least 8 hours daily feel a sense of fullness and tend to lose weight spontaneously. Those who sleep less tend to feel hungry even though they aren’t because lack of sleep causes an increase in ghrelin, the hormone responsible for hunger. Sleep may be the cheapest and easiest way to weight loss.
Some drugs are known to cause weight gain as a side effect. Drugs such as those used to treat diabetes, seizures, some contraception, steroids and hormonal replacement therapy are few examples. It is always good to ask your doctor about weight and the drug prescribed if you are working hard to lose weight.
It is important to know that physical activity and healthy eating should remain a part of your daily life. Just because you are fat does not mean you are not fit. These two are the key to fitness. A man once said, ‘We don’t have great tools to change people’s weight, but we know we can change their fitness levels.’