One of the first things you must do if you want to lose weight is not rely on a laundry list of common excuses. Here are some points against some "I can't lose weight" excuses:
But I don't eat much-Maybe you do eat less than some people, but look hard at what you eat. Fats contain more calories than protein or carbohydrates, so if you eat more fat but less total food than a friend, you could well put on more pounds than your friend. In other words, a bowl of potato chips puts on more calories than a bowl of cereal. Also consider that because carbohydrate calories are the body's preferred fuel, they burn more easily than fat calories. Try keeping a food diary to see how much of which foods you eat. If you are overweight, chances are you are getting a lot more fat than you think.
But I do exercise-Yes, but how much? Moderate exercise can forestall some health problems, but to lose weight you have to burn off more calories than you consume. Look at it this way: to burn off 100 calories (one English muffin), you will have to walk quickly for 20 minutes. If you drink a "Double Gulp," that's some 500 calories. Do you walk quickly 100 minutes a day? Do you exercise that much?
But I have a slow metabolism-This may be true, but you can boost your metabolic rate through exercise. A pound of muscle burns 30 to 50 calories a day, and a pound of fat burns two calories a day. In other words, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn "doing nothing." (A slow metabolism could also be related to a thyroid problem. See a health professional.)
But we all gain weight as we age- This seems true, but do we gain more weight because of biological systems or because we get lazier? People generally get less exercise as they age, but do not cut back on calories. This means added pounds. The loss of muscle mass also figures in. As we saw above, the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is. If you continue to exercise as you age, it is possible to maintain the proper weight.
A woman's body changes after childbirth-Not really. A woman's focus may change, not her biological system. Women are generally more concerned about a newborn child than themselves. This means they care less about exercise and food intake, which may mean more weight. Is your reason for not being able to lose weight here? See it for what it is-an excuse-and then act. Lose weight!
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