Why Won’t Those Pounds Go Away?

Woman Standing on Scale --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Woman Standing on Scale — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Dieters are always asking this question: what is stopping them from dropping pounds even though they feel as though they have tried everything? There are diets, cleanses, workout programs, and supplements: none of them leads to lasting results. What is at the root of this issue?

Body and Mind

First of all, determine if the issue is more in the mind or the body. Some people can’t lose weight because of a legitimate issue like hypothyroidism or use of certain medications. Feeling hungry all the time could be the result of leptin resistance: where your brain does not recognize you are circulating enough of the hormone that says you should be full. This is common in overweight individuals and is a warning that Type 2 Diabetes could also be on the near horizon. Speak to your doctor if you feel sluggish, pee frequently, or your vision is disturbed.

A mood disorder could also be partially responsible for supposed “hunger” and bad eating habits. Depressed individuals frequently eat to medicate their pain. Boredom could be another culprit. It might just be you need to find a few hobbies, meet new people to prevent loneliness, or speak to a counselor about treating mental illness.

Stop Dieting

In the old days your diet was the way you ate; it was not a term for a restricted menu that was supposed to help you drop a pant size or two. Now people diet all the time and celebrity diets are all the rage. They often involve cleansing or detoxification: depriving your body of sugar and caffeine in favor of high-fiber supplements or special mixtures to stimulate bowel movements. There are many gimmick diets incorporating certain foods and completely eliminating others. Elements of these plans are extremely helpful and scientifically proven to help a person lose weight and maintain good health. Others are too restrictive and unrealistic. More importantly, they facilitate water loss, not fat loss.

Concentrate on inches, not weight. When you cleanse, this frequently eliminate lots of water and might also purge some foods from the GI tract too. Overall, however, you will go back to your previous size if this cleanse is not followed by healthier standards of eating.

Start Exercising

A healthy diet will go some way to helping you lose weight. That diet should contain small amounts of the foods you really love but mostly high-fiber dishes, lean protein, and smaller portion sizes. Add exercise to the equation and you will see how quickly fat melts off of your body. This happens in direct proportion to the amount of muscle you develop. In fact, the more you exercise the more you need to eat in order to feed your muscles but you will still slim down.

If you were obese, the numbers will drop rapidly but if you just wanted to get past a plateau, numbers might even go up owing to the density of muscle. Muscle is your good friend in this journey, burning fat while you read, drive, and sleep. Don’t neglect this weight-loss partner, even if you simply add a few push-ups and some squats to your daily fitness plan.