Believe it or not, the year is almost over. Think back to the beginning of the year, when you made your resolutions. Was one of your resolutions around your fitness? Lose weight, add muscle, reduce the belly, get toned, the list goes on… Have you reached your goal?
Most of you will respond no. Wonder why? No, its not because you were too busy to do it, or stuff happened. There’s more to it.
At the year end, we promise ourselves, that we will lose 10 kg this year, or get a six pack, or look like a model. Great goal to start with. Losing 10 kg or getting a six pack is not that easy, but its a good target to start with.
Then, to achieve it, you probably decided to watch your diet and maybe join the gym. If you decided to watch your diet, you probably decided to completely eliminate all fried foods and indulgences like ice cream, cakes, etc. Worked for a couple of weeks, and then you dropped off the wagon.
Most of these weight loss diet efforts fall into 3 categories:
- Eat less food: Just eating less doesn’t work well since your body is wired to need a certain amount of daily calories. When you reduce your food (and thus your calorie) intake, your body (and brain) react by making you feel tired, hungry & snappy. Also, eating less slows your metabolism, and so your burn fewer calories. Skipping meals can increase your body’s fat storage. So, for every calorie you eat, you store more fat!
- Eat less carbohydrates or fat: Completely eliminating a food group like carbs does not work for 2 reasons. First is that your body needs carbohydrates to power functions like your brain. The only food your brain accepts is carbs. Secondly, removing or drastically reducing carbohydrates from your diet, can lead to ketosis, bad breath & other side effects of Atkins Diet.
Removing fat is not recommended for 3 reasons:
When you deprive yourself of an indulgence like say chocolate, your brains makes your body crave that food even more. And when you do break down and eat it, you binge on it. Not exactly a weight loss friendly activity.
- Try a fad diet, that are completely unhealthy & have side effects.
If you joined the gym or started exercising, you probably stopped going after a 4-6 weeks, ranging from a multitude of reasons, ranging from sore muscles, to insane workouts, or the biggest excuse- lack of time. We’ve already told you why walking is completely ineffective for weight loss.
The last thing that people try are weight loss tricks- like drinking hot water & lemon, or avoiding fruits like banana and mango. These are tricks, so they never work to give you weight loss results. Drinking green tea will aid weight loss, but you will never lose the belly, from just drinking cups of green tea.
Why is it that year after year, more people try to lose weight, but overall our waists are only getting larger. Is there hope for losing weight?
Yes, there is plenty of hope. You just need the right guidance to lose weight effectively. Most self made weight loss plans fail miserably.
First, just a diet plan or an exercise regime is not enough to lose weight effectively. For that, you need a balance of both. When an effective exercise plan is combined with a healthy nutrition plan, that’s when you get results.
Besides results, you also get fitter & healthier.