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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Why Can’t I Lose Weight

By Jared Wash

Eating Too Much
I am a strong believer in sound nutrition and preach that nutrition is not just how much you eat but when, what, and why? These three words determine if you lose weight or gain weight. Let’s break them down.

When, What, and Why? Eating at certain periods in the day is crucial for healthy nutrition and satisfying weight loss. For starters, the two most important meals of the day are breakfast and dinner. These to meals are the jump start and hibernating factors of your metabolism. Eating a big breakfast will ensure you are burning calories all day while elevating your metabolism as much as possible without exercise. Dinner is the hibernating factor as it should be your last meal of the day and I might add the smallest one too.

You have two choices on what your dinner will do for you. If you eat a low carb, low fat, and high protein meal your metabolism will most likely burn fat throughout the night while you are sleeping. If you eat a high card and calorie dinner your metabolism will do it’s best to try burning all those calories you just ate before you go to bed but most often they will go straight to your fat storages.

Do have your body turning your food you ate during the day to fat while you sleep. Instead, force your body to burn fat all day and all night long.

Not Eating Enough
Not eating enough calories will decrease the amount of calories your body burns during the day by itself that also indicated having a slower metabolism. Personally, when someone tells me they want to lose weight while only eating 1200 calorie or less per day diet automatically has me saying in my head that it is a sure-fire way to ensure that they don't lose a pound. Determining the right amount of calories to consume for weight loss is very important, and is the most effective method for losing weight.

Exercise Is Not Efficient
I don’t like to step on anybody’s feet on this section but most people don’t know how to exercise that will actually give them results. I love to see people walking around town with friends and family or doing lap swim at the city pool as they are having fun while exercising. On the other hand; if your goal is to lose weight as fast as possible, than just walking is not effective enough for your desired results.

I’m not saying you have to go through hell but a little intensity is the key for success. Besides encouraging you to increase the physical activity in your daily life, your workouts should consist of weight training and cardio.

Depending if you are going to workout 3, 4, 5, etc. days in a week, remember that you only have to be in the gym no longer than hour when you increase your intensity. Some simple tips for increasing your intensity are super sets in the weight room to lift more in less time. Another tip is lifting the appropriate weight, so if your going to lift around 15-20 reps than your muscle should be burning between 15-20. Keep shorter rest periods as this will keep your heart rate up, and your fat burning accelerated.

There is so much more you can do to get more out of your workouts, and if you want the best results I recommend the #1 natural bodybuilder Tom Venuto's book, “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle.”

Diet Is Not Efficient
Even if you take the time and motivate yourself to increase your exercise, you must consider cleaning up your diet for the determining factor that it makes up 80% for losing weight. Healthy eating consist of eating balanced meals, eating the right portions at the right times, and one of the most important, the right foods at the right times.

Some simple tips are to consume more fruits and vegetables while making sure to eat a heart healthy breakfast to jump start your day. I recommend increasing daily protein in take as it speed up the metabolism 35% more than carbohydrates and fats, and is less likely to be stored as fat. Another tip that should follow this one is to consume enough water during the day to keep your body hydrated and can also help decrease your hunger cravings.

A few tips I am going to leave you with are eating less-processed foods, stick with whole grain carbs, and purchase extra low fat ground beef/steak so the fat in take is not excessive. Your day should consist of more carbs in the morning and decreasing throughout the day till dinner that should be low carb and high protein.

Don’t cut yourself short of your weight loss goals with poor eating.

“Eating clean makes your body adjusts to being lean.”

Too Much Stress
Having too much stress in your life can make weight loss seem impossible and it’s not all your fault. When you are stress your body releases a hormone called cortisol. This stress hormone regulates blood sugar, energy production, inflammation, and healing. Too little of cortisol can leave you fatigue and basically feeling like crap. If that’s not bad enough, if you have to much cortisol your body mobilizes the energy into mostly fat making weight gain every easy. There are many types of form of stress but let me list out some ways to decrease this effect.

Get enough sleep preferably 6-8 hours
Eat a balanced diet
Exercise regularly to relieve stress
Take 30 minutes and do something relaxing
Drink mostly water and decrease consumption of caffeinated beverages

We all have every busy lives and stress is one of the things that many people don’t think of when they can’t seem to lose any weight. Life is too short to be stressed out all the time, so give it your best shot and good luck.

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