Why do not you lose weight with a diet

SIX years after dropping an average of 129 pounds on the TV program “The Biggest Loser,” a new study reports, the participants were burning about 500 fewer calories a day than other people their age and size. This helps explain why they had regained 70 percent of their lost weight since the show’s finale. The diet industry reacted defensively, arguing that the participants had lost weight too fast or ate the wrong kinds of food — that diets do work, if you pick the right one.

But this study is just the latest example of research showing that in the long run dieting is rarely effective, doesn’t reliably improve health and does more harm than good. There is a better way to eat.

The root of the problem is not willpower but neuroscience. Metabolic suppression is one of several powerful tools that the brain uses to keep the body within a certain weight range, called the set point. The range, which varies from person to person, is determined by genes and life experience. When dieters’ weight drops below it, they not only burn fewer calories but also produce more hunger-inducing hormones and find eating more rewarding.

The brain’s weight-regulation system considers your set point to be the correct weight for you, whether or not your doctor agrees. If someone starts at 120 pounds and drops to 80, her brain rightfully declares a starvation state of emergency, using every method available to get that weight back up to normal. The same thing happens to someone who starts at 300 pounds and diets down to 200, as the “Biggest Loser” participants discovered.

This coordinated brain response is a major reason that dieters find weight loss so hard to achieve and maintain. For example, men with severe obesity have only one chance in 1,290 of reaching the normal weight range within a year; severely obese women have one chance in 677. A vast majority of those who beat the odds are likely to end up gaining the weight back over the next five years. In private, even the diet industry agrees that weight loss is rarely sustained. A report for members of the industry stated: “In 2002, 231 million Europeans attempted some form of diet. Of these only 1 percent will achieve permanent weight loss.”

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The specific “Biggest Loser” diet plan is probably not to blame. A previous study found similar metabolic suppression in people who had lost weight and kept it off for up to six years. Whether weight is lost slowly or quickly has no effect on later regain. Likewise — despite endless debate about the relative value of different approaches — in head-to-head comparisons, diet plans that provide the same calories through different types of food lead to similar weight loss and regain.

As a neuroscientist, I’ve read hundreds of studies on the brain’s ability to fight weight loss. I also know about it from experience. For three decades, starting at age 13, I lost and regained the same 10 or 15 pounds almost every year. On my most serious diet, in my late 20s, I got down to 125 pounds, 30 pounds below my normal weight. I wanted (unwisely) to lose more, but I got stuck. After several months of eating fewer than 800 calories a day and spending an hour at the gym every morning, I hadn’t lost another ounce. When I gave up on losing and switched my goal to maintaining that weight, I started gaining instead.

I was lucky to end up back at my starting weight instead of above it. After about five years, 41 percent of dieters gain back more weight than they lost. Long-term studies show dieters are more likely than non-dieters to become obese over the next one to 15 years. That’s true in men and women, across ethnic groups, from childhood through middle age. The effect is strongest in those who started in the normal weight range, a group that includes almost half of the female dieters in the United States.

Some experts argue that instead of dieting leading to long-term weight gain, the relationship goes in the other direction: People who are genetically prone to gain weight are more likely to diet. To test this idea, in a 2012 study, researchers followed over 4,000 twins aged 16 to 25. Dieters were more likely to gain weight than their non-dieting identical twins, suggesting that dieting does indeed increase weight gain even after accounting for genetic background. The difference in weight gain was even larger between fraternal twins, so dieters may also have a higher genetic tendency to gain. The study found that a single diet increased the odds of becoming overweight by a factor of two in men and three in women. Women who had gone on two or more diets during the study were five times as likely to become overweight.

The causal relationship between diets and weight gain can also be tested by studying people with an external motivation to lose weight. Boxers and wrestlers who diet to qualify for their weight classes presumably have no particular genetic predisposition toward obesity. Yet a 2006 study found that elite athletes who competed for Finland in such weight-conscious sports were three times more likely to be obese by age 60 than their peers who competed in other sports.

To test this idea rigorously, researchers could randomly assign people to worry about their weight, but that is hard to do. One program took the opposite approach, though, helping teenage girls who were unhappy with their bodies to become less concerned about their weight. In a randomized trial, the eBody Project, an online program to fight eating disorders by reducing girls’ desire to be thin, led to less dieting and also prevented future weight gain. Girls who participated in the program saw their weight remain stable over the next two years, while their peers without the intervention gained a few pounds.

WHY would dieting lead to weight gain? First, dieting is stressful. Calorie restriction produces stress hormones, which act on fat cells to increase the amount of abdominal fat. Such fat is associated with medical problems like diabetes and heart disease, regardless of overall weight.

Second, weight anxiety and dieting predict later binge eating, as well as weight gain. Girls who labeled themselves as dieters in early adolescence were three times more likely to become overweight over the next four years. Another study found that adolescent girls who dieted frequently were 12 times more likely than non-dieters to binge two years later.

My repeated dieting eventually caught up with me, as this research would predict. When I was in graduate school and under a lot of stress, I started binge eating. I would finish a carton of ice cream or a box of saltines with butter, usually at 3 a.m. The urge to keep eating was intense, even after I had made myself sick. Fortunately, when the stress eased, I was able to stop. At the time, I felt terrible about being out of control, but now I know that binge eating is a common mammalian response to starvation.

Much of what we understand about weight regulation comes from studies of rodents, whose eating habits resemble ours. Mice and rats enjoy the same wide range of foods that we do. When tasty food is plentiful, individual rodents gain different amounts of weight, and the genes that influence weight in people have similar effects in mice. Under stress, rodents eat more sweet and fatty foods. Like us, both laboratory and wild rodents have become fatter over the past few decades.

In the laboratory, rodents learn to binge when deprivation alternates with tasty food — a situation familiar to many dieters. Rats develop binge eating after several weeks consisting of five days of food restriction followed by two days of free access to Oreos. Four days later, a brief stressor leads them to eat almost twice as many Oreos as animals that received the stressor but did not have their diets restricted. A small taste of Oreos can induce deprived animals to binge on regular chow, if nothing else is available. Repeated food deprivation changes dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the brain that govern how animals respond to rewards, which increases their motivation to seek out and eat food. This may explain why the animals binge, especially as these brain changes can last long after the diet is over.

In people, dieting also reduces the influence of the brain’s weight-regulation system by teaching us to rely on rules rather than hunger to control eating. People who eat this way become more vulnerable to external cues telling them what to eat. In the modern environment, many of those cues were invented by marketers to make us eat more, like advertising, supersizing and the all-you-can-eat buffet. Studies show that long-term dieters are more likely to eat for emotional reasons or simply because food is available. When dieters who have long ignored their hunger finally exhaust their willpower, they tend to overeat for all these reasons, leading to weight gain.

Even people who understand the difficulty of long-term weight loss often turn to dieting because they are worried about health problems associated with obesity like heart disease and diabetes. But our culture’s view of obesity as uniquely deadly is mistaken. Low fitness, smoking, high blood pressure, low income and loneliness are all better predictors of early death than obesity. Exercise is especially important: Data from a 2009 study showed that low fitness is responsible for 16 percent to 17 percent of deaths in the United States, while obesity accounts for only 2 percent to 3 percent, once fitness is factored out. Exercise reduces abdominal fat and improves health, even without weight loss. This suggests that overweight people should focus more on exercising than on calorie restriction.

In addition, the evidence that dieting improves people’s health is surprisingly poor. Part of the problem is that no one knows how to get more than a small fraction of people to sustain weight loss for years. The few studies that overcame that hurdle are not encouraging. In a 2013 study of obese and overweight people with diabetes, on average the dieters maintained a 6 percent weight loss for over nine years, but the dieters had a similar number of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease during that time as the control group. Earlier this year, researchers found that intentional weight loss had no effect on mortality in overweight diabetics followed for 19 years.

Diets often do improve cholesterol, blood sugar and other health markers in the short term, but these gains may result from changes in behavior like exercising and eating more vegetables. Obese people who exercise, eat enough vegetables and don’t smoke are no more likely to die young than normal-weight people with the same habits. A 2013 meta-analysis (which combines the results of multiple studies) found that health improvements in dieters have no relationship to the amount of weight they lose.

If dieting doesn’t work, what should we do instead? I recommend mindful eating — paying attention to signals of hunger and fullness, without judgment, to relearn how to eat only as much as the brain’s weight-regulation system commands.

Relative to chronic dieters, people who eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full are less likely to become overweight, maintain more stable weights over time and spend less time thinking about food. Mindful eating also helps people with eating disorders like binge eating learn to eat normally. Depending on the individual’s set point, mindful eating may reduce weight or it may not. Either way, it’s a powerful tool to maintain weight stability, without deprivation.

I finally gave up dieting six years ago, and I’m much happier. I redirected the energy I used to spend on dieting to establishing daily habits of exercise and meditation. I also enjoy food more while worrying about it less, now that it no longer comes with a side order of shame.

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Method 1 Increasing Your Water Consumption

  1. Drink water throughout the day.

    Drinking water during the day can help keep you feeling full without consuming high-calorie beverages such as milk, tea with milk, juice and snacks that will make you gain more weight. You may also eat less when you do have a snack, as you should already have the sensation of being full. Consuming fewer calories on a daily basis can help speed weight loss.

    • If you do not enjoy drinking water, try flavored water instead. Buy calorie-free flavor packets for a more tasty water experience.
    • For more suggestions on ways to enjoy water more, check out How to Love the Taste of Water.
    • Set an alarm reminding you to have your water throughout the day. That way, you do not forget. This will also help you get into the habit of drinking water more regularly.
    • Keep water near you. Always having a water bottle around will make it easier on you to drink more water. Buy a refillable bottle and keep it handy when you are home, at work, or out running errands.
  2. Drink a glass of water before every meal.

    The feeling of fullness will help you eat less, thus consuming fewer calories for improved weight loss results.

    • Don’t forget to monitor portion size and calorie intake as well. Water doesn’t cancel out an unhealthy diet.

      Drink a full glass of water before, during, and after a meal to aid digestion and speed weight loss from the water. The water will help your body to break down the food and absorb its nutrients.

  3. Replace sweetened drinks with water.

    Instead of drinking soda, alcoholic beverages, smoothies, or other high-calorie drinks, grab a glass or bottle of water. Swapping in a zero-calorie beverage for high-calorie alternatives can spare you hundreds of calories per day, further aiding in weight loss.

  4. Match any alcohol consumption with equal amounts of water. This matched fluid intake should not count toward your daily water intake. Any water you drink for this purpose should be in addition to your daily water goal.

  5. Drink water and cut salt intake to lose water weight.

    Reducing the amount of dietary salt you consume can help you lose water weight quickly, particularly when combined with an increase in daily water intake.

    • Try other flavors and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Fresh herbs or garlic do not have negative health impacts and can be added to up the flavor of many foods.
    • If a brand offers a low-sodium option, opt for that one. That is an easy way to enjoy the foods you love without the unnecessary salt.
    • Sodium content is not always obvious, so check the nutrition label. Canned and frozen vegetables are high in salt, as are most restaurant dishes.

      Many restaurants now publish nutrition information online, so you can check it before you order.

Method 2 Trying a Detox Water Diet

  1. Try a short detox diet focused on drinking water infused with vegetables and fruit.

    Purchase some vegetables and fruits to infuse in your waters such as cucumbers, melons, strawberries, mint leaves and other herbs, different citrus fruits, apples, and pineapple.

    • Consider buying glasses with lids such as mason jars or tumblers with attached straws. You can make individual waters all at once and store them in your fridge.
    • The vegetables and fruits should be as fresh as possible, as should the water. If the fruits and vegetables begin to age, throw them away and restock.
  2. Decide how long you will do the detox diet.

    Doing a diet such as this for too long will have negative effects,

    Ask your doctor about possible health issues before you begin this diet.

    in that your body is not getting all the nutrients it normally does such as fiber and protein. It is best to do it for a week or less.

    • If you have diet limitations, this might not be a good way for you to lose weight.
    • If you find yourself overly fatigued or dizzy, stop this diet and go back to normal eating habits. Your overall health is more important than quick weight loss.
  3. Place the cut-up the fruits and vegetables in the water and refrigerate for a few hours.

    You can make a pitcher of one type of water you enjoy,

    The fruit and vegetables may rot or ferment after three days.

    or individual servings of many different combinations. Experiment and find the flavor mixes that you like best.

    • Be sure to not add any sugar or other sweetener, though it may be tempting. If you want to add different spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, that is fine. Avoid anything that would promote water retention, such as sodium, or has calories.
    • Cut off the rinds of any citrus fruits to avoid bitter flavors.
    • It is best to store it in the fridge, but it can be stored at room temperature for up to one day.
  4. Drink at least the recommended amount of 64 ounces of water a day.

    Do not drink it all in one sitting, but instead have one cup of water at a time over the course of 9-10 water breaks. This is to replenish the water you lose throughout the day. Drink more water if you can; 64 ounces is the minimum.

    • It might be best to do this over a period of time away from work and other obligations so you can focus on drinking as much water that is as fresh as possible. If you cannot do this, try the diet over a weekend when you are spending a lot of time at home.
    • There will be a lot of bathroom breaks during this time. Stay near a restroom so you will not have to go hunting for one when the need strikes.
  5. Eat water rich food throughout the diet.

    When you do eat, find foods that have a high water content. Fruit and vegetables are great for this. Try watermelon, strawberries, zucchini, peaches, tomatoes, cauliflower, pineapple, eggplant, or broccoli. If you must eat meat, have a lean meat like chicken or turkey instead of red meat or pork.

    • Combine a calorie-restricted diet and a water diet. Drinking 16 ounces of water before each meal and limiting daily calorie intake (1200 for women and 1500 for men) can jumpstart weight loss and help dieters maintain weight loss successfully for up to a year.
  6. Remember that this is not a long-term solution. Though this diet may help you to drop weight quickly, if your overall lifestyle does not promote healthy living, you will more than likely gain this weight back.

Method 3 Following a Water Fast

  1. Decide how long you want to fast for.

    Typically, just a few days is best. If you do not think you can tolerate that long, try just a 24 hour period to start. If at the end of that 24 hours you feel as if you can continue, feel free to do so.

    • Remember that this is a temporary way to try and lose weight quickly. If you cannot follow-through with the entire fast, it is fine to stop and resume normal eating habits.
    • Do the fast intermittently. Do a short fast, and then try it again in a few weeks or a month.
  2. Check with your doctor.

    You do not want to do this fast if you have any dietary or health restrictions that will jeopardize your well-being. It is not worth it. Think of other ways to lose weight if you cannot fast.

    • If you cannot do a full fast, try replacing one or two meals with just water and having a low-calorie dinner as a means to jumpstart weight loss.
    • Never attempt a water fast if you have diabetes, or while pregnant or breastfeeding.

      Be warned that this diet might have some lingering effects due to a lack of protein and fiber during the diet. This could lead to low energy levels and poor bowel health. Consider this before starting your fast.

  3. Eat lightly for a few days to prepare your body for the fast.

    Up your water intake, eat an increased amount of fruits and vegetables, only lean meats, and brown rice.

    • Avoid adding salt to your food, as these help the body to retain water versus passing it, which is what you would want.
  4. Do not exercise. Even though you want to lose weight and exercising is great way to aid in this, avoid it during this time. It would be too strenuous on your body for you to exert this energy and lose fluids through sweating.

  5. Commence fasting.

    Drink only water for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and throughout the day when you feel hungry. Pay attention to your body during this time. Note any hunger triggers. If you find yourself feeling dizzy, sip some tea or seltzer water to help calm your system and get you back on track.

    • Fifteen minutes of meditation can also be utilized during this fast. Focus on your emotional well-being and clear your head of any unwanted thoughts and feelings. Check out this link for more tips on meditation
    • Consider taking herbal supplements or finding a safe water additive to balance electrolytes. Although the water fast does not permit sweeteners or solid food during the fast, it often recommends prune supplements or natural salts to prevent water intoxication.
  6. Introduce light foods back into your diet.

    Try and eat like you did before the fast to build back up your body gradually. Have raw fruits and vegetables, lean meats, brown rice, and keep up your water intake.

    • Gaining a few pounds back after a water fast is normal, due to rebuilding lost muscle mass.

      Even if you gain back the weight, do not be discouraged and feel as if your fast had no results. Keep up other healthy habits like better dieting and regular exercise to maintain weight loss.

Method 4 Other Weight Loss Solutions

  1. Try the green tea diet.

    This one just requires you to have an 8oz glass or hot or cold green tea four times a day, when you first get up and before every meal. The tea will help boost antioxidants in your system and help you to feel full before meals, thus eating less.

    • Have more tea instead of snacking. The increase in fluids will help with your weight loss as well as not consuming so many calories from eating.
    • Continue to drink water throughout the day. Green tea can actually dehydrate you. To avoid this, have your normal amount of water along with the tea.
  2. Try a juicing diet.

    This is a great, easy way to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Find a good juicer or blender that can get the food to smoothie consistency. You may opt to only juice during this time period, or just replace a meal or two with a healthy smoothie, typically breakfast and lunch. Try and keep this diet up for a week.

    • Make sure to not just focus on fruits, but also vegetables. Leafy ones like kale and spinach work well. Add an apple to sweeten your smoothies if you do not want an all vegetable one.
    • Have a healthy dinner of raw veggies and lean meats. It would be counterproductive to binge on unhealthy food during this time.
    • If you find you are hungry have more juice, water, or a snack like almonds or dried fruit to curb your hunger.
  3. Incorporate clean eating in your diet.

    This entails mostly unprocessed eating foods that are free of preservatives and additives. Incorporate fresh vegetables, fruits, and organic foods, and staying away from anything artificial such as sweeteners and dyes. This will ensure that you are eating food in its most natural state, which is the healthiest for you.

    • Always read the label to check for ingredients. If you can’t pronounce something, look it up. It might be the technical term for something well-known and not harmful. If the ingredient list is overrun with items that are not recognizable, avoid buying it.
    • Shop at whole food markets or farmer’s markets. These are the best places to find food that is closest to its natural state.
    • Grow your own produce. There’s nothing more organic than something grown in your own backyard. Try a vegetable and fruit garden as a means to help monitor what is going into your body.
    • Make things yourself. Finding some recipes for things like salad dressing, ice cream, or even baby food will help you to know exactly what your family is eating.
  4. Make lifestyle changes that support healthy living.

    Exercise and healthy eating are the most effective ways of losing weight and keeping it off. Talk to your doctor or see a nutritionist to help you with learning the mistakes you might be making and outlining a health plan you can follow.

    • Avoid crash diets as they only provide temporary results. It is best to learn healthier habits for the long run.
    • Be patient with weight loss. Losing a lot of weight quickly does not mean that you did it in a way that will last. Focus more on having a healthy lifestyle than rapid weight loss.

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  • How much hot water should I drink in a day?

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    For weight loss, it is actually best to drink cold water instead, since the body must compensate for the sudden temperature drop. One 16-ounce glass of cold water can burn up to 17.5 calories.

  • I need to lose weight quickly. I don’t eat much, but I sleep a lot and I am still gaining weight. Why would this happen and what can I do to lose weight?

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    The average hours of sleep would be 6-8 hours, and usually, the maximum is around 10. If you sleep a lot, then you won’t be burning calories and you’ll put on more weight which people don’t usually mention on weight loss. Perhaps try going to bed early and taking morning and evening walks.

  • What are other ways to diet without doing exercise or drinking water?

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    Eat less carbs throughout the day, and focus more on eating fruits, vegetables and protein to make you feel full.

  • For weight loss, would you recommend room-temperature water, cold water, or hot water?

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    Cold water, as the body has to work harder to make up for the temperature drop.

  • While exercising regularly, should I drink only hot/warm water?

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    No, when exercising naturaIly your body heats up, drinking warm or hot water will cause you to burn less calories and increases the chances of dizziness because of the body overheating. It’s best to stick to cold water to avoid overworking.

  • How can I burn belly fat fast?

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    You can do kapalbhati, then drink warm water. It will help burn fat much faster than just drinking a glass of water. Kapalbhati is a yogic system of body-cleansing techniques. Every time you get thirsty, drink warm water instead of cold water.

  • Since I started drinking hot water, my stomach is always hot inside. Is this normal?

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    You may have some kind of gastric disorder. See your doctor to find out if you have an ulcer or gastritis that is being irritated by the hot water.

  • What temperature of water should I drink after working out if I am trying to lose weight?

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    It doesn’t matter what temperature the water is.

  • How do I lose weight faster?

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    Excercise is the best thing to do!

  • How else can I reduce my weight?

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    You can live a healthy lifestyle. Start doing light exercises more, such as swimming or walking, eat healthily, and drink a lot of water.

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Tips

  • Increasing water intake or water dieting will be most effective at boosting weight loss when combined with an exercise plan and a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Alternatively, you can follow a Water Diet that emphasizes significant increases in water intake without necessarily requiring exercise or food changes to lose weight. Although these diets can be risky if you do not have sufficient mineral and electrolyte intake, they are otherwise free and easy to follow. For some people, they can result in significant weight loss.
  • Research has demonstrated that relative and absolute increases in the amount of water drunk each day can improve weight loss results among dieters. Try increasing your daily water intake to meet or slightly exceed recommended daily amounts. Typical daily water intake recommendations are 3.7 liters (1.0 US gal) per day for adult men and 2.7 liters (0.7 US gal) per day for adult women, from all sources (drinking water, other beverages, and foods).
  • If you are an endurance athlete, ask a health professional about appropriate quantities of water to drink during exercise; he or she may recommend alternating water with a sports drink containing electrolytes.

Warnings

  • Increasing your fluid intake may also cause you to require more frequent trips to the restroom, so plan for regular access.
  • It is possible to drink too much water, which can cause an electrolyte imbalance, kidney damage, and death. Do not drink water to excess or replace meals with water without careful replacement of electrolytes.

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How come I can’t lose weight? Most of the time when a person says he or she can’t lose weight, it is for obvious reasons. Perhaps you’ve experienced this with family and friends when they ask you for weight loss advice. From a distance you notice exactly what they are doing that is preventing them from shedding the excess fat, and once they correct it, they are able to get into great shape fast.

For the work mate who drinks like 10 cans of soda a day… all you need to tell her is to cut out the soda and she will lose tons of weight. When your buddy, who is known to love eating McDonald’s every single day, comes to you for some weight loss advice, you tell him to just drop the burgers and pick up the salad and he too will be able to get rid of the gut.

But while these solutions are really simple, they are solutions to obvious reasons as to why people are not able to lose weight. But how about you? You’re eating great, healthy and nutritious foods but the pounds have just stopped dropping off your body.

Well, it is more than likely that this is the result of one of many common factors. So read up on them below and hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll be well on your way to getting into the best shape of your life.

You’re not eating according to the lifestyle that you lead

If you are one of those people who is in the gym, cranking out those weights on a daily basis but you still find that your abs are covered in a layer of fat, then perhaps you need to start eating more sweet potatoes.

However if you’re one of those individuals who have a normal life where you have an office job and the only real form of exercise that you do is the daily walks with your dog… then you probably won’t need to eat so much.

The basic premise is this… the more active you are the more carbs you need to consume, as you are going to need a constant supply of glycogen. Those who are less active just don’t need to eat that much in terms of carbs.

If you are lifting really heavy weights on a daily basis but not getting in enough carbs then you will slowly but surely destroy your adrenals and mess up your thyroid. This will of course lead to you not losing the weight that you want to lose.

So if you are absolutely serious about getting into amazing shape, then you need to eat according to the level of activity you do over a course of a day.

You are not exercising on a consistent basis

While a great diet results in 80% of the weight loss results you see, you have to start exercising on a consistent basis if you want to shed those last few pounds and really get yourself into great shape.

But keep in mind that just because you exercise, it doesn’t mean that you can now start to eat all the junk foods you want. You need to maintain a balanced diet and do exercise at the same time to see the best results.

The most powerful thing about regular exercise is that it will increase the levels of testosterone and growth hormone as well as help to increase your sensitivity to insulin, all of which will help you to lose a lot more weight.

Another benefit of regular exercise is that your body will convert all those calories that you are now consuming to lean muscle mass instead of storing it as excess fat. However just remember not to go too crazy with exercise and enjoy every moment of it, because if you do it regularly enough, you will start to see amazing results!

You’re moving from one thing to the next way too quickly

While there is some great benefits to being connected to the Internet, the biggest issue we all face is the sheer amount of fat loss related information there. On top of that this flow of information just never seems to stop.

Every single day of your life you are going to find that there is a new blog talking about weight loss. Along with that, every single week there seems to be new research studies all of which claim to practice completely different things to get the best results possible.

So instead of trying out different things and analyzing the results based on trial and error, people often choose to hop online and read hundreds, if not thousands of accounts of other people. While this can serve up some form of inspiration, more often than not it will just lead to the person getting extremely overwhelmed and giving up on their journey to lose weight.

A smarter way to achieve results would be to actually just choose one program, and stick to it for a few months. This way you will be able to see exactly what is working and what’s not working. Believe me this is the only way to get the long-term results that you’re after.

You’re just not eating enough

It might sound silly but it’s a fact! Eating too little can make losing weight nearly impossible. Hence why it is essential to pay attention to your diet and make sure that you are on a healthy, nutritious and overall well-balanced diet.

However, the misconception that you should eat less to lose weight continues to prevail. While it may help you lose a little weight in the beginning, the results will be temporary at best.

The worst result of not getting in enough calories is the fact that you are causing major stress to your body. While fasting here and there has been proven to actually be good for you, going without good food for long periods of time will actually cause you much harm.

The stress that you will be causing your body will result in promoting fat storage. Of course, the other negative of not eating properly is that you are not giving your body the nutrients needed to get through the day properly.

At the end of the day a proper diet of 2500 calories will have a lot more nutrients, minerals and vitamins than a diet of 1000 calories. So please make sure that you are eating enough food; it is essential not only to lose weight but to keep yourself healthy.

So there you have it, some of the most common factors that result in people experiencing weight loss plateaus. Hopefully now you know exactly what has been preventing you from losing weight. You can now take the steps to move toward getting into really incredible shape.

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