Why Cant I Lose Weight Right Now

Boy, do we ever live in a ‘I want it all, and I want it now’ society. This attitude permeates every aspect of our daily lives, and weight loss is one of the most prevalent. If you’ve tried to lose weight and you’re asking the question: ‘why can’t I lose weight?’, the answer might just be you can, you just have to give it time.

No matter how much people don’t want to hear it, the fact of the matter is that weight loss is easy, all you have to do is eat fewer calories than you burn, and get more exercise. It’s a two pronged approach, combine a sensible eating plan, one that you can stick with for the rest of your life and that will provide your body with all the nutrients it needs, and get exercise. That’s it. It’s not sexy, but it’s the truth. If you follow this advice you’ll be the one who’s sexy!

If you are implementing a healthy, reasonable diet where you are providing your body with high quality fuel throughout the day and exercising strenuously, on a regular basis you will lose weight, period.

While not impossible, things like hormonal imbalances and extremely low metabolisms simply don’t occur that often. Many people will try to use these things as an excuse, and if you’ve actually been diagnosed with this type of condition, you will need the assistance of a doctor and probably a dietitian in order to lose weight, but it’s just not that common of a problem.

The first thing you will need to do in order to lose weight is be honest with yourself. If you are going to make excuses as to why you can’t work out, or why you can’t eat right, etc, you will never lose weight.

I’m sorry if that’s blunt, but it’s the truth. Losing weight takes a commitment, not excuses. It’s not that easy and it will take time and there will be times when you feel like giving up, but if you stick with your diet and exercise plan, follow it through and don’t allow yourself to give up, you will love the way you look every time you pass a mirror. Isn’t that worth a little bit of effort?

If you can just stick it out long enough to start seeing some results you will be much more likely to stick with it for the long haul. For many people the hardest part comes at the very beginning. This is the point when you are trying to re-learn bad eating habits and initiating a workout plan. You are probably tired, sore, and maybe even a little hungry.

But if you stick it out until you see a little bit of headway you’ll have a real shot, finally, of being at the ideal weight for you and looking great. You’ll never have to ask the question: ‘why can’t I lose weight?’ Instead you’ll be saying: ‘ Look at my new bikini!’

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A Simple Way To Lose Weight And Keep It Off

Funny how those few extra pounds seem to creep onto our bodies without notice. Then, one day, it’s almost as though they have all been added at once. Perhaps it´s a glance in the mirror, or worse, a comment from a friend you haven’ t seen in a while. Whatever it is, you are ready to lose weight. You want to look and feel better. At the same time, there’s so much conflicting information about the best way to lose weight. What’s a person to do?

What follows may not be at the top of everybody’s list for ways to lose weight quickly, but it works. At the very least it should be added to your bag of tricks for dropping those extra pounds. Some of the tips may sound a little silly, but you can’t argue with results. So, what is this method? Portion control. And it can actually be a lot fun!

For starters, when you focus on your portions, there’s no need to carry along a bulky calories counter guide when you go out to eat. I used to hate trying to be “casual” when using those, because I just knew all of the other diners were watching me; thinking to themselves how fat I was.

The most basic way of controlling your portions is…get ready…this is good…putting less on your plate. See? Easy. Not so fast! If it was that easy we would all be at our ideal weight. Yes, by all means, make an effort to put less on your plate. Here are a few more tricks to keep portions limited so you can lose extra weight.

Don’t worry about cleaning your plate. In fact, make it a habit to always leave a few bites on your plate. Speaking of your plate, using smaller dishes will give the illusion that there is more food on them. You can even eat on a saucer instead of a large dinner plate. Granted, you may have to fill it a second time, but all in all, it’s an easy way to limit the amount of food you’re eating.

A big problem for a lot of people is that they eat so fast that they are technically full long before they feel full. Slow down the speed with which you normally eat. Doing so will give your stomach more time to signal the brain that it’s full.

The beauty of doing it this way is that you can eat the same foods you enjoy now. You should still add more healthy foods, but you don’t have to give up any foods if you can keep the portion sizes under control. Once you get used to it, it’s as close to automatic weight loss as you can get. There are many other things you can do, too. Imagine looking good in the mirror, or being complimented by a friend the next time you see them.

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4 Benefits Of Losing Weight

There are many benefits to losing weight. If you have been considering this idea, or your doctor has mentioned losing weight to you, you know it will be a lot of hard work. However, the benefits of losing weight are definitely worth the effort.

As you consider your decision to lose weight, take a look at the list of benefits below.

1. A Positive Body Image: Many overweight people struggle with their body image on a daily basis. If you are unhappy with your figure, and want to end those negative mirror sessions, losing weight may be a good option for you. Imagine feeling positive each and every time you see a photo of yourself! That is definite motivation to lose the weight and keep it off.

2. Increased Self Confidence: If you struggle with self confidence issues due to your appearance, weight loss can be a good way to come to terms with your body. As you become strong and healthy, you´ll become confident in your abilities and strength. This is a great feeling!

3. Increased Health and Strength: As you lose weight, your body will become stronger. Exercise and weight training will help your body grow stronger ñ you may be able to do activities you never had the strength or stamina to before. You´ll breathe easier, and be able to run and walk for longer periods of time without discomfort and you´ll be able to play actively with your children or grandchildren without having to take breaks to catch your breath. Losing weight can truly be a life altering experience!

4. Decreased Health Problems: Many health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and diabetes are all triggered or irritated by obesity. This means that if you experience or have a family history of any of these diseases, losing weight can help you to feel better. Diet and exercise can improve your health be decreasing your risk of heart disease, as well. By altering your fitness habits and your eating habits, you just may be lengthening your life!

The benefits of weight loss definitely outweigh the risks. After all, what do you have to lose? Sleepless nights, lack of energy, shortness of breath, fatigue and you´ll be able to kick all these symptoms to the curb by investing time and energy into your fitness regime. Take the time to develop a healthy diet and exercise program today and your body will thank you for years to come.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice, nor should it be interpreted or substituted as medical advice. Prior to making changes to your physical exercise routine and your diet, you should always consult your personal physician. Better safe than sorry.

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