Losing weight and keeping it off is about facing discomforts. The best exercises for losing weight and keeping it off are hard and uncomfortable. Similarly, there aren’t ways to literally or figuratively have your cake and eat it too. Fat-free brownies and six-minute ab programs are lies. They are harmful in that they are diversions from the truth. There’s only one way to the mountaintop and it’s through the journey of introspection. Find the ability to go running when you don’t feel like it. Find the way to pick up the apple instead of the junk food. Yes, keeping weight off is about metabolism, exercise, and the right nutrition. But mostly, it is about awareness of self and the willingness to get uncomfortable. Listed below are reasons why you are struggling to lose weight.
1) You are skipping breakfast
One of the most common reasons people skip breakfast is because they’re just not hungry in the morning. It is never ever a good idea to skip breakfast. Breakfast is quite literally the meal meant to “break the fast” from all the hours you spend sleeping and skipping it is known to cause a slew of bad chain reactions throughout the body. While skipping breakfast does not necessarily cause weight gain, it could cause you to over eat for your next meal. For a healthy breakfast, most people will do best eating a combination of protein and good fats first thing in the morning—like eggs and avocado, both of which keep you satisfied for longer and help prevent low blood sugar fluctuations. Some experts suggest eating between 300-500 calories for breakfast, ideally within an hour or two after waking up. Avoid the drive-through, though—homemade breakfasts tend to be healthier.
Regularly skipping breakfast can make you more susceptible to weight gain and increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, according to a press release from the American Heart Association.
2) Cravings are taking over your life
When the bloodstream is low on calories, the brain triggers an alarm system that leads to hunger and causes cravings. We specifically crave highly processed carbohydrates like chips, cookies, candy and cake because they make us feel better within moments. The issue is that they also make us feel worse for hours afterwards, triggering an addictive cycle. Highly processed carbohydrates are similar to abusive drugs in the sense that the fast absorption rates of both increase addictiveness. No matter what our psychological state is, highly processed carbohydrates set the stage for a binge. By eliminating highly processed carbohydrates from your diet, you may find your food-related behavioral problems suddenly improve.
3) Medical reasons
a) Chronic stress.When you live with anxiety, stress, or grief, your body can produce chemical substances like the hormone cortisol — that make your body more likely to store fat, especially around the waist. That’s the type of weight gain that really increases your risk of serious health problems.
b) Hypothyroidism.If your thyroid is underactive, your body may not produce enough thyroid hormone to help burn stored fat. As a result, your metabolism is slower and you will store more fat than you burn — especially if you’re not physically active.
c) Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This disease, the result of a hormonal imbalance, afflicts more than 5 million women in the US. Common symptoms are irregular menstrual bleeding, acne, excessive facial hair, thinning hair, difficulty getting pregnant, and weight gain that is not caused by excessive eating.
Two other considerations: people tend to gain weight with age for unknown reasons, and though it’s not a medical condition, drinking alcohol in moderate to excessive amounts can sabotage your efforts to lose weight. Alcohol (including beer and wine) is a refined carbohydrate, similar to sugar, candy, and white flour. Besides adding calories, alcohol may raise blood sugar and insulin levels, which can contribute to weight gain.