1) You’re eating too little… A lot of people today don’t realize that they actually don’t eat that much,
and what they do eat is usually crap. It’s understandable, it’s a busy
world today, some people work 2 jobs, some people have kids, school, and so on;
a lot of the time it’s hard to get a decent meal in, or exercise for that
matter, and many just opt out for fast-food or something similarly unhealthy.
So what happens when you have a primarily sedentary lifestyle (sitting in an
office all day, minimal movement, watching TV), and consume little calories,
and from poor sources (processed foods, foods high in fat, fast food etc.),
overtime the body’s metabolism will slow down to accommodate the lack of energy
(calories). So when a person in this scenario decides to start dieting, eating
fewer calories to lose weight, they don’t realize that they’re only making the
situation worse by slowing the metabolism more. Eventually the body can go into
starvation mode and virtually store and hold all the food you eat, stopping you
from losing weight, and possibly even causing weight gain.
|" Eat 4-6 Smaller|
Meals a day"
The solution is to roughly track your calories for a week or so; and if you’re eating fewer than 1,000-1,500 calories a day depending on your size, weight, and so on you could be putting your metabolism in danger of slowing down severely. What you need to do is spike your metabolism and get it going again, think of it as kind of like jumping a car when the battery goes out. To do so you need to gradually up your calorie intake, and try to make the source as healthy and “clean” as possible. Another way to help up your metabolism and keep it elevated is to eat 4-6 smaller meals a day anywhere from 400-600 calories a piece, rather than the conventional 3-meal breakfast, lunch, and dinner routine. This coupled with anywhere from low to high intensity exercise which gets the heart rate going faster, will in turn get your metabolism churning again and burning more calories allowing your body to start shedding some pounds! There are also special “fat-burning foods” and meals out there that are good for upping the metabolism and getting you to burn more calories but I’ll get into that another time.
|Fruits are great... In|
The Solution… Cut back a lot if not completely on all flavored drinks, and replace them with water, try to minimize if not cut off snacking especially if it’s crap food, evenly spread out and distribute your meals into 4-6 meals a day at 400-600 calories per meal. Track your progress, weigh yourself every morning upon waking and take the average every 7 days to determine if you’re losing weight. Remember no more than 1-3 pounds a week otherwise you could end up in something similar to scenario 1 up above. If you’re still not losing weight then continue to gradually reduce your calorie intake and or up your exercise intensity. Just remember one thing folks, nothing happens overnight, you have to be patient, I promise you if you take your time and do it the right way you’ll be way better off and looking better in the long run! These two reasons are the biggies when it comes to weight loss, but there are many smaller variables that can affect it as well such as lack of sleep, stress, and so on, which I’ll get into soon – stay tuned!