Why Can't I lose Weight?
Written by Thin Thin
What Do I Need to Do to Lose?
In life, have you ever noticed that for almost every positive there is a negative? The same applies to losing that accumulation of fat that has piled onto the body over time.
Simply put, the things that commonly make us gain weight are also the things that can make us lose weight.
For example, those fatty pounds are almost-always the result of the following:
Too many calories were consumed; the body wasn't able to use all of the energy so it stored them in adipose cells for future use as well as to insulate and protect the human body from damage. But too much fat isn't desirable because it not only impacts the way that we look, it also takes a negative toll on our good health.
To depict the positive-negative effect, this would apply for those experiencing weight loss:
Too few calories were consumed so the body pulled energy from the fat cells in order to meet vital functions and provide necessary energy.
Simple Tips for Losing the Fat
Keep in mind that we're attempting to show that the same things that create a gain in pounds can also create a loss.
1. Trimming the fat and sugar, a daily process.
In order to lose those unsightly layers, one must trim the fat as well as the sugar in the daily diet. Let's look at a few examples involving three meals of the day. We'll address the snack times, too.
Rather than reaching for a morning waffle smothered in butter or margarine, why not enjoy it plain? You may find that you actually enjoy the flavor. That's how I enjoy my morning waffle - and no, it's not as rich and delicious as when it's drowned in maple syrup and butter, but eating it plain makes those numbers on the bathroom scales look better than any fancy high-caloric waffle ever tasted.
If you don't want that waffle, bagel, pancake or toast plain, then how about adding fresh sliced fruit?
Rather than spreading that white bread with a hefty layer of full-blown Mayo, trim the calories and fatty acids by opting for light Mayo or sandwich spread - or by opting for a lighter spread such as mustard. Using too much of high calorie spreads will cause the body to spread; using less can assist in losing. See the negative-positive effect?
Supper or Dinner
More often than not, the daily diet of the overweight individual tends to contain a significant amount of fried foods. Eating foods that are heavy in fatty acid content at the end of the day is a great way to put on unwanted pounds. Therefore, rather than preparing fried chicken - try roasting it in the oven or on the grill. Skip battered objects as well as those drowning in the fat-vat.
2. Cut commercially processed and prepared foods from your meal plates and from snack times.
While a serving of chips - even baked chips might be appealing, if you are serious about losing then opt for the real deal.
If you're craving corn chips - try enjoying an ear of corn instead. If you can't enjoy it in its natural state, then add a serving of light margarine for an additional 40 calories. One large ear of corn contains about 120 kcals; one small ear contains about 80. One serving of most corn chips contains about 160 kcals.
You can enjoy the real deal rather than an over salted mash that has been smashed together in a particular shape, then baked. Your body will have a much easier time processing the natural food - and you won't be ingesting all that salt as well as additional preservatives.
Craving potato chips? A 2½ inch raw potato contains about 130 kcals. How does that compare with a serving of processed chips? Fact is, while the caloric values virtually mirror one another, your body will be healthier as well as more satisfied while enjoying the real deal. And this applies to all foods.
3. Reduction in portions and portion size.
Do you know what a recommended serving size is? And on that note - this is another great reason why cutting commercially processed foods from your eating plan is wise. All packages of such will recommend a particular amount - but most cannot be fit into one easily identifiable food group.
On the other hand, when it comes to natural foods recommended by the American Food Pyramid - it's quite easy to pick and choose as well as to identify serving size.
4. Too many snacks.
If you have trouble maintaining blood sugar levels in-between meals OR if you feel like you are famished at mealtimes and the situation triggers overeating, then healthy snacks make good sense. Keep in mind that the key word here is 'healthy' - such as in a fresh fruit selection or a lean stick of jerky or a cup of reduced fat milk or a cup of air-popped popcorn or a small selection of raw vegetables.
5. Add a healthy dose of activity to your day and balance activity with relaxation.
Losing weight in simply a reversal of gaining. We have to switch gears and plan wisely. When we were in Gaining Mode we tended to grab and go - to enjoy the flavors and the festive moods of foods without giving their nutritional composite much thought, if any.