Month: February 2016

Obstacles to Weight Loss

In a previous article that I have written here entitled, “The Challenge in Losing Weight,” I have identified three (3) basic challenges that people who would want to trim down and get rid of those excess fat in their body face. The three main challenges evolve in:

  1. Motivation
  2. Reason
  3. Determination

In this article, we shall dwell on factors that make the person stop or quit from getting that ideal weight or factors that make a person stop from losing weight. We shall try in our utmost effort to provide possible solutions that would allow you to overcome these obstacles so you can continue to see the effects of your effort in losing weight.

I am not seeing any results

The first possible obstacle that one can face in their effort of losing those unwanted fats is the fact that the first initial steps would often display a huge amount of lost weight but then, after a few more trips to the gym, they start to see no results at all.

Health experts and dieticians would normally call this the plateu stage and this is something that often happens to people who are losing weight. This is something that I have experienced myself where every week I would be going to our company clinic to measure my weight. The first few weeks saw a huge improvement where I lost around 29.95 kilos but then, after that first big drop, I found myself in a plateau where my weight would just be going up and down between 122kgs and 120kgs and this has gone for almost a month.

I started to lose hope at first because I have been measuring my weight every 2 weeks and I don’t see any drop or movement. However, I missed out on one important thing… the fact that my weight might not be changing because the fats are turning into mass and muscles. I then tried to check out for the contours of my body and found that my arms started to have form, my stomach bulges started to have deep curves.

I then told myself that I should not stop what I am doing and should continue and go on with my visits to the gym and lessening the food intake and continue with the no rice or less carb intake. I do admit that there have been times that I miss going to the gym to work out since I am working in the call center and there are really times that I am really sleepy that I could not wake up and drag myself to the gym.

Even if the results were a bit slow, I never stopped pushing myself to go to the gym to work-out. I may not have been able to go there daily like before, but then, every time I am able to do so, I found it a habit to still go even if I could not spend 4 hours in the gym, I always made sure that I would have at least 30 minutes of cardio work-out in the stationary bike and 1 hour to about 1 hour and a half doing the work-outs for my chest, shoulders, back, and even my lower extremities.

Setting Up Goals

One of the things that allowed me to push to lose weight after coming from all the challenges of not being able to go and visit the gym daily was to take note of how many calories I burn during my cardio work-out in the stationary bike. My goal was always to burn more calories, to ensure that I pedal at a faster speed, if possible to ensure that I remain consistent pedalling at a speed of 40 for the 30 minutes that I spend on the stationary bike. It was a huge challenge and there are times when I feel that I am trying to set ideal goals for losing weight.

Setting goals for weight loss would be one of the obstacles and challenges for those who really want to lose weight. Most health experts and dieticians would say that in order for one to ensure that they are on track with their weight loss, is to set realistic and achievable goals. You can’t have a weight of 270lbs and expect to lose it in just a matter of 3 months. Some of the people that I have talked to whenever I spend time working out in the gym would often say that it takes for one to be consistent in their work-out routine in order for them to achieve the results that they want.

If your goal is to be consistent, you should be able to set goals that are very realistic that you don’t end up losing hope and stop in achieving that weight that you want or that body contour that you want to have.

Another advise that was given to me by one of my gym buddies was to get a picture of the ideal body that I want to have. This is, in a way, factoring the Law of Attraction into your weight loss goal. The Law of Attraction was originally derived from Rhonda Byrne’s book entitled The Secret which was again derived from Charles F. Haanel’s Master Key System. Both authors discuss about how to attract something that you want to have in your life. If you want to have a lean, muscular body, then you would first have to see yourself in that state.

Stress Eating / Eating for Comfort

I have known several people who have told me that they wanted to lose weight and become slim but then, when you ask them if they have started cutting down on their food intake, they tend to give you several reasons why they should not. When I first lost weight in 2010, the first thing that I told myself was I would not be eating rice at all. I first conditioned my mind and prepared myself that starting from that day, all that I would be eating would just be the viand and my meals would not have rice along with it.

I was successful in the said mind conditioning and was able to totally survive eating my meals without rice. I ate more vegetables, took in lunch and dinner by just eating my viand, especially if it were meat. If I had chicken, I would opt to eat the white meat. I did not remove the skin but I often remove the fat when my viand was steak or pork chop.

I started to eat less, but I did not bother if I need to eat frequently. My father told me that one of the reasons why I became fat was due to the fact that I would not be eating one meal but then eat in just one jampack. I remember when I was in high school, I would often skip lunch but when I get home, I would eat as if I combined my lunch and dinner when I get home. Sometimes, I would even eat dinner when it is already time to eat dinner, therefore multiplying the food that I intake and then sleep.

Stress eating is also one of the things that I have noticed myself doing. When I get pressured or stressed, I tend to divert them to eating more or just eat anything that I encounter either in a food store, restaurant, etc. I have learned to divert my outlet and not focus on eating whenever I get stressed. In 2010, when I first decided to lose weight, I diverted my emotions, i.e. anger, frustration, stress when I work out. I ended up lifting heavier weights, doing more sets and repetitions of whatever workout I was doing. I found myself doing cardio in the strider for 1 hour before I lift weights and another hour before I go home. I actually found myself working out in the gym for 4 hours and then go home feeling so exhausted that I can sleep well.

These are just three (3) of the possible challenges that people who would want to lose weight encounter. It is actually good to take note and be aware of them in order for us to avoid falling into such traps. I would admit that I have not totally overcome everything and sometimes, there are moments when I slip and draw back to some of them. However, since I am aware of such tendencies, when I recognize that I am going back into the said traps, I would find a way of diverting my attention in order not to fall and commit the same mistakes.

Do you see yourself falling into any of these scenarios and traps? Then I challenge you to find a way of avoiding falling into the challenges of losing weight and persevere in losing those extra fats.

Staying on a Healthy Diet

Your diet is anything you eat and it DOES NOT necessarily mean eating something in particular, or not eating certain food items. That is, unless you have decided to follow a particular diet.

Do you think you need to lose weight as soon as possible, perhaps before your best friend’s wedding, your new job, or your graduation ball? It is natural to have the desire to look your absolute best when there is an important event approaching – which is why fad diets are so popular.

However, the thing about weight loss is – the faster you lose it, the easier it will be for you to gain it back. And this is what happens to a majority of people who gain weight through strict diets. And it’s easy to understand why – once you stop taking the diet that helped you lose weight and go back to what you used to eat before, your body will ultimately return back to its original weight.

This is where calories are important. A calorie is the measuring unit of energy and the number of calories in food items helps us decide how much energy we can get once we consume them. Only a limited amount of energy is required to get through the day. You either need to consume fewer or burn more calories. You will gain weight if you continue consuming more calories than you need.

This may sound simple; losing weight, on the other hand, isn’t simple at all.

For starters, to lose enough weight to change the look of your body, you need to work through some serious changes to your eating habits. There is also another problem that most people face when they are aiming to lose weight. You will keep losing weight at a consistent rate, such as 4 lbs a month, for a certain period of time, by aiming for a smaller calorie goal. After you have reached a particular mark on the weighing scale, you’ll find that your weight is stuck. This happens because when you are losing weight, your metabolism becomes slower too. And the weight you lose is from the total mass; meaning that you are losing lean body mass as well.

The internet is filled with diets that claim to help you lose weight in a very short span of time, and because of the way they are structured, it is possible that you may achieve the weight you are aiming for with the said diets. However, these diets aren’t necessary the healthiest option. Because you are denying your body the energy it requires, or is used to getting every day, extreme diets can make you grumpy, cranky, slow, and lethargic.

You may also feel sad because sometimes, you eat food not for the taste, but for the feeling. The emotional aspect of eating is not to be ignored. You need a variety of colors, food items and tastes on your table to feel completely satisfied with your meals.

Allow us to tell you that there is nothing wrong with that. There is a reason for the term ‘comfort food’ and we aren’t going to tell you to miss any of that. However, at the end of the day, your diet plan adds up to YOU: Your choices, your restraint, and how committed you are to work towards your goal. The more determined you make up your mind to be, the easier it will be for your body to shed those extra pounds.

The obvious thing to do is to calculate the number of calories you need in a day and stick to the plan. Managing with lesser than your target is better, but don’t push yourself too hard. You must know that every calorie counts and by considering the calories of one meal at a time, you will be able to lose weight more easily.

The basic thing you need to do is opt for the food items that are more fulfilling but have fewer calories. Not only will this help you in managing your calories for the day, it will also make you realize the extra calories you were consuming without knowing it!

Everything comes with a choice and you will have to make smart (sometimes tough) choices to reduce weight by developing healthier life habits. This way, you will be able to achieve optimum health, look great, be happy and have more energy for the rest of the day. You will also be able to maintain your body weight this way.

Sure, it’s going to take time – but don’t all good things?

Tips to help you make healthy dietary changes

Just so you don’t feel overwhelmed with the idea of ‘lifestyle changes’, here are a few tips to help you lose weight in a faster and more healthier manner:

• Eat. Smaller. Portions.
• Think of how you will look in that dress: What could be more motivating?
• Reduce the fat from your food
• Eat more small meals throughout the day than two or three big ones
• Maintain a record of your calories in a food journal
• Read the labels of food items before consuming them for calorie-rich ingredients.
• Fresh food is always healthier than canned or processed foods
• Have regular, well balanced meals
• Include lots of fiber in your diet, such as fruits
• Drink LOTS of water. As a guide you must drink at least 8- 10 glasses of water in a day.
• Fast food and sugary drinks are your enemy – keep them at a distance
• Chew your food slowly – it will help you enjoy your food better

In What Manner Can Kids Lose Weight Fast

Why are children overweight?

In current times, as indicated by the measurements, one in three children are overweight or an objective of corpulence. The instances of corpulence amongst youngsters have tripled from the 1970’s to this decade. Presently, youngster stoutness is the best worry of guardians nowadays, deserting drug mishandle and smoking. Because of the event of corpulence, nowadays’ children are experiencing those sicknesses that were not seen until they achieved adulthood. Being overweight and large has adversely influenced the soundness of the youngsters fundamentally. This has brought up a ton of issues like, by what method can kids shed pounds quick.

Some of the sicknesses that children get because of them being overweight are, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and expanded blood cholesterol levels. They experience the ill effects of such illnesses, as well as experience mental issues brought on by a low self-regard and an awful mental self portrait of their bodies, which can promote lead to despondency. Being overweight is in this way straightforwardly connected to illnesses identified with corpulence that can bring about an undesirable way of life and shorter future.

Why it may be troublesome for children to get more fit

For children it can be similarly difficult to shed pounds on account of the basic certainty that they don’t have much say in their everyday diet on what to eat and what not to eat. Likewise youthful children can’t go to the rec center themselves and a few rec centers don’t permit underage individuals. For grown-ups, there are a large number of eating methodologies made particularly for them. Notwithstanding, on account of children, there are very few weight control plans that are made particularly for children and suit their way of life and is inside their capacities. Then again, if a child is taking after an eating routine arrangement made for grown-ups then it can have terrible impacts of the well-being as child’s digestion system is not as developed as that of a grown-up. In this way, there is no straightforward response to this inquiry; by what means can kids get more fit quick.

By what means would they be able to get more fit quickly?

Work out schedules are not just for grown-ups and can likewise be used by children who need to shed pounds. There are a considerable measure of projects and exercises intended for children that can help them get in shape in a fun route without extreme work outs.

What to do and what not to do

The most vital thing you need to get more fit is inspiration and determination. Setting objectives is vital and you have to always let yourself know why you would like to get more fit. Reminding yourself your objectives, for example, having the capacity to be dynamic in games, having the capacity to fit in littler garments can raise the level of inspiration. A propelled individual will probably achieve its objectives.

This idea of inspiration and objectives can be further used in reviewing framework where you put a check when you eat solid and a check when you get off the track and eat something undesirable. Having garbage nourishment for breakfast is a truly unfortunate propensity and needs to go. Breakfast is an imperative breakthrough of a day, and it ought to be solid and brimming with supplements so children can get the vitality and force that they need to begin the day.

Water compensates for a vital part of a children’s diet. Drinking a lot of water is an awesome thought, to get more fit as well as to stay sound. Being hydrated implies that it will help you blaze fat and get more fit however it will likewise make you feel that you are full and not eager. In the event that water tastes excessively exhausting to you and you need something other than what’s expected, then a couple drops of lemon can be added to water to flavor things up. Then again, drinks like lemonade and simulated organic product juices are ideal to be maintained a strategic distance from on the grounds that they convey a great deal of sugar and fats.

You CAN Achieve Your Goal Weight, It Is Possible!

If you want to achieve your goal weight you can! It is absolutely possible. This article is going to discuss three keys to inspire you to achieve your ideal weight. These are not the only three keys, but they are three keys that can empower you to get going in the right direction.

1. Get Clear On What Your Ideal Weight Is:

It is important for you to get clear on what your ideal weight is. It is a healthier and happier number for you. It is the weight that you feel like you would be comfortable at. Many times we make the mistake of choosing a number based off what someone else looks like, but you must choose a number that works for you. It is much easier for you to achieve a goal if you know where you are going. Having clarity regarding your goal weight helps you to stay focused and on track.

2. Develop a Plan:

It is important for you to have a plan to achieve your goal weight. The plan is going to include the changes you are going to make and the steps that you are going to take. Your plan is the vehicle that is going to carry you to your desired weight. When you develop a plan, create one based around your personal needs and lifestyle.

3. Don’t Give Up:

Achieving your goal weight is not going to be something that is simple. It can be extremely frustrating and at times you might even feel like giving up. But you must keep your “eye on the prize.” Stay dedicated to achieving your ideal weight and don’t give up before you see the results manifest.

Dr. Shauntel Peak-Jimenez is a Certified Health Coach, Certified Weight Loss Coach and a Certified Weight Management Specialist. She is also the founder of The Weight Success Institute for Women, a holistic weight management organization for women.