Saturday, 21 January 2017

Why I’m not losing weight after undergoing dreadful diet?

Weight lossThis was the question in my mind after going through stringent diet plan for about four weeks and not seen any remarkable change in my weight. I couldn’t simply ignore or digest the fact that I haven’t lost any weight after following the controlled diet. To find out more, I have read through many reliable articles, books and sharing here a consolidated view on what I learned and experienced. I believe this post helps the readers to get more insight if they are into weight loss effort.

On the outset, when we think about weight loss it evolve around diet plan and exercises. But, it’s all depends on our virtual internal engine known as “Metabolism”. In other words, the result highly based on our metabolism rate. Metabolism is nothing but a collective chemical action which breaks down the food into small particles, converts into energy and burning them. This energy measured by calories. The speed of burning calories by our body in a given time is knows as Metabolism Rate. If this is slow, then the energy gets stored as a fat leading to weight gain. Hence, we will not get expected outcome merely following a diet plan. There are many types of Metabolic Rate based on when and how the calories get burned. To get desired result, it is vital to understand our metabolic rate and how we can improve it to keep our weight under control.

Though the metabolic rates are highly influenced by our gene and hormones, we can take few steps to increase the metabolism which leads to improved result in weight loss effort. First, let’s see when our body burn calories.
  1. Deep rest – This is when we are asleep or in complete rest, our body burn calories to keep our breath, lungs, heart and brain alive. Even when we sit idle, the calories are burnt to run the internal organs.
  2. Processing food – The digestive system process the food and converts them into energy. In this process, our body burn calories.
  3. Exercise – When we do exercise, our body burns calories.
  4. Non-exercise – All other body movements need energy, our body burns calories whenever we move our body parts.
Some of us have slow metabolic rates and others have fast metabolic rates. If we have slow metabolic rate, this is the reason that only diet plan not helping us to get rid of excess fat. The good news is we can improve the metabolism by taking few steps. Though we can’t do much on the calories burnt during “Deep rest” mode, we can concentrate on other areas by taking actions as listed below. If we combine all these actions during our weight loss effort, we can get much better result than solely depending on diet restriction.
  1. Eat right food at right time – Do not get into starvation mode, it leads to lack of energy in our body which results in slow metabolic rate. Our body accommodate the low energy level by slowing down the calories burnt. Drink lot of cold water, this helps to burn more calories as our body try to keep us warm.
  2. Exercise regularly – Plan your workouts at least five days a week, it should be consistent and regular. The interval training will increase the metabolic rate considerably. This is nothing but high intensity workout followed by normal one. For example, during jogging, go for 30 seconds high speed jogging followed by 30 seconds normal running.
  3. Non-exercise activities – Concentrating on all our non-exercise activities will play a considerable role in our weight reduction. We ignore this part most of the time, but it has high level of influence in burning calories. This could be as simple activities as, 
    • Choosing stairs instead of lift or escalators.
    • Completing household stuff by ourselves.
    • Not always sitting in front of desk, prefer to stand whenever possible
    • Walking as much as we can
    • Doing all simple stuff by ourselves everyday.
  4. Choice of food – There are certain foods like whole grains, berries, egg whites, lentils, peppers, chillies, fish, cinnamon, caffeinated coffee, green tea helps to improve the metabolism rate. Always watch out calories where it comes from and make sure we get calories from fibre rich foods rather from sugary dessert.
After getting a customized diet plan from a professional if we can make these little steps to boost our metabolism rate, I’m sure we will get the desired result at the earliest and can keep our body weight under control.
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24 comments:

Tom said...

...a constant battle!

Christine said...

great advice thanks!

Valerie-Jael said...

You always offer sound advice, thanks for the good tips. Have a wonderful weekend, Valerie

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I always figure it took YEARS to put on the weight, I can't expect to LOSE it overnight. It takes diligence, will power and a good diet along with exercise.

Red Rose Alley said...

I had to cut out sugar from my diet many years ago, and when I only ate only meat and vegetables for awhile, I lost weight. It is surprising to see how many foods have sugars in them...and consuming too much is never a good thing.

Have a restful weekend, friend.

~Sheri

Linda said...

Very informative post! Thank you so much for sharing.

Beauty Unearthly said...

Great tips and a very helpful post! x

JoJo said...

I had a doc tell me that my metabolism is in permanent starvation mode which is why I can't lose weight fast at all. Never could.

messymimi said...

It's a complicated process, and everyone is a bit different. What you've posted does work, a person just has to be consistent at applying it all!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Not easy to loose weight. But it can be done if you have patient.
Coffee is on

Margaret-whiteangel said...

We are all different, some want to put on weight, others want to loose it, others want to stay the same - main thing is - be healthy first, then work on it -

Olga Hebert said...

As always, helpful tips and much appreciated.

Barb said...

Very good advice!!

Jo said...

I lost 50 lbs in 2013 by joining FitDay.com and writing down everything I ate. I also go bowling twice a week and do a light exercise class twice a week. I have kept the 50 lbs off which is the main problem with weight loss.

Stephanie Faris said...

As a nutritionist told me, the older you get, the less exercise matters when it comes to calorie burn (although it's always important for health). It becomes more crucial to eat well if you want to lose weight. I can only do it if I write down everything I eat and track my calories. If I don't do that, I just cheat way too much and lie to myself that I'm "sticking to my diet, so why am I not losing weight?"

Debbie said...

some good information!! i was thin most of my adult life. i am not willing to diet at this time of my life, even though i am a little overweight!!

Lux G. said...

These are really helpful information. People should read this and stop wondering why their diet doesn't work.

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

Great tips! I've been trying to eat healthier and exercise more. Water is a BIGGIE when it comes to losing weight. It fills you AND like you said, if you drink it cold, your body has to work to warm you up after drinking.

Thanks for sharing.

Wishing you a lovely week.
xoxo

DMS said...

I need to remind myself that a good night's sleep plays a big role in being healthy and losing weight. Plus, being more rested we tend to eat better. Thanks for the reminders. I am headed for a 20 minute walk in a few minutes. :)
~Jess

Linda said...

Good luck! I have never had luck with diets. The most I ever lost was four pounds and it took four months of practically starving. My doctor told me to stop because my blood tests said I wasn't getting enough protein. :-(

Theresa Mahoney said...

Great tips! I love drinking a lot of cold water through the day. It really does help!

lina@happy family said...

There's no diet that works for everyone since I guess every has different metabolism.
I can lose a bit of weight after taking collagen supplement. I also take early dinner, around 6pm.

Clare said...

Losing weight is so so hard! Drinkng water has helped me a lot

Decor To Adore said...

This is a great post, very informative! Have a wonderful week!

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