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Losing weight! One phenomenon which can definitely be a nightmare for almost every woman. While losing weight can seem to be a task at times, it is important to watch out as to why you aren’t losing weight. By this I mean there could be possible reasons as to why you have not been able to lose weight. So let’s dive in to know the reasons.
1) You are eating mindlessly
In order to lose weight, it is extremely important to eat mindfully. You need to savour and chew every morsel really well. Eat slowly, keep your phone and television remote aside while eating. Give your brain a chance to realize that you have eaten enough and need not to overindulge.
2) You are suffering from a medical condition
Not able to lose weight? Then blame it on your medicines! Certain medical conditions can make the weight loss process difficult and extremely slow. These medical conditions include PCOS, hypothyroidism and sleep apnea.
3) You are an emotional eater
When you are stressed, tensed or upset you resort to comfort foods. By comfort foods, I mean you pick a pack of chips, biscuits or chocolate to make yourself feel better. However, you end up eating too much of unhealthy foods which put a break on the entire weeks hard-work and you land up gaining weight or losing very little. Hence they say do not allow your emotions to drive you.
4) You aren’t eating enough proteins
In order to lose weight, it is important to eat a protein rich diet. Protein takes more time to get digested as compared to carbs and fats. Protein is known to increase one’s metabolism and can provide a feeling of satiety and fullness. Hence not eating enough protein can make your weight loss process slow and leave you disappointed. Load up on protein if weight loss is your goal.
5) Your water intake is low
Drinking less water can again be a visible reason why you have not been losing enough weight. Water can keep you full for longer duration and aid in keeping the hunger pangs at bay. It can suppress your appetite and keep you hydrated. Try and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day so that the weight scale continues to show a drop in the weight.
6) Your alcohol intake is way too high
If you have to lose weight then drinking less alcohol is of prime importance. Studies show that excessive drinking can lead to weight gain. It’s always good to have a drink which is low in calories, but remember that per gram of alcohol has 7 calories which in itself is quite high. If you have to drink then make sure you have a healthy fibre rich meal just before it. Also have an accompaniment such as salad sticks, chicken tikka or roasted chana alongside so that you do not drink too much.
7) You are sleeping too little
Poor sleeping habits can lead to weight gain and slower weight loss. While work is important it is very necessary to get at least 8 hours of sleep daily. Studies have shown that less sleep can predispose an individual to obesity and various other health issues. Remember good sleep is important for your mental and physical well being. So sleep well and stay healthy.
8) You are not exercising
Exercising is essential to burn off the excess fat that has accumulated in the body over time. Exercising can lead to faster weight loss and help you in reaching the goal. If you are not exercising then there are high chances that the body would lose weight at a slower pace. So get up and get going.
All of the above mentioned reasons may sound simple but these simple things only become too complicated to follow. Be determined, follow the eight points and there is no way that you do not find success.
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A Nutritionist, Clinical Dietitian, Speaker, health/fitness blogger, online show host,menu planner, menstrual health
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