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Why Is It Hard To Lose Weight?

Why Is It Hard To Lose Weight?

Have you really struggled to lose those extra pounds? Well, it’s not as simple a task as it may sound — a lot of discipline and commitment is required. It is pretty obvious that nowadays lifestyle has complicated weight loss efforts, but so do some other factors you might not know about.

Below are some causes of weight loss obstacles:


It is true that a habit is very hard to unlearn — once you learn something it is very hard to forget. Most people have a habit of eating food until they clear their plates. This is overeating and it is not recommended because most of calories and fats may be consumed which lead to weight gain. Other times people are used to eating very sugary foods and this normally begins at their crawling age. This habits continues as they grow, thus making their body to become obese because sugar is converted into fat.


Air pollution has really caused weight gain in people and animals in that it makes body metabolism slow down and the body store fats. When these fats aren’t burned off during exercise or just our everyday movements, they result in gaining some pounds. All types of pollution can upset our bodies natural rhythms; if there is noise pollution in your neighborhood, you may find it hard to sleep, and a lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain in a lot of people. You need to get in and around 8 hours of sleep every night for your body to perform to its best. Try to get to bed an hour earlier a few nights a week and you’ll start to notice the difference!

Type of diet

A meal that you eat every day determines on how much fat, calories and sugar you consume. It is worthwhile to eat food that is low in calories and fat. Most people nowadays has adopt a culture of living a simple life, by this I mean that the type of food that they eat is fast food diets. These diets have a lot of cholesterol and fat which undermines the effort of weight loss.

Eating a heavy meal at night

Most people don’t know the right time or the right meal to eat at night. It is obvious that carbohydrates intake is quite common when people are going to sleep. This greatly changes the body, in that the energy makes the body gain some weight when one is at rest. It is wise to eat food rich in carbohydrates during the day when the body is active. The light meal such as a salad is best when sleeping but people don’t adhere to this thus making it so hard to lose weight. You should remember to take your meals like this: eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. If you find hunger striking in the evening, drink some water and wait 10 minutes. If you are still hungry, eat something light. We often mistake hunger for thirst so remember to turn to the water first to avoid unnecessary calorie intake!

Medication Taken

Due to poor health, you may find yourself taking a handful of tablets. One of the most common medicine used is antihistamines which influences your metabolism rates thus enabling fat to be stored which result to weight gain. It is worth noting that the mothers who use any type of medication regularly puts their future children in risk of weighing more.


It is well known that most of the canned food contains some preservatives that are not good for your health. Some of them are rich in fats and when consumed they result to weight gain. Foods from a can are generally full of salt which when there is too much in your diet, can lead to water retention and bloating. It can also increase blood pressure so you should be careful of this. Foods that are high in sugar too should be treated as a reward or treat rather than an every day item. The excess sugar converts to fat when it is not burned off. You should make a habit of checking the sugar content, you would be surprised how much there is in some items, especially drinks like bottled coffees and teas!

Lack Of Exercise

Sometimes we just don’t have time to get in some exercise in our routines and this is totally normal. The problem is though that as we get older, our metabolism slows down meaning that the diet we have always followed may lead to weight gain now. To counter-act this, exercise is so important. Even if you can squeeze 20 minutes a few times a week you’ll start to notice the difference before you know it. Run around after your kids, take a brisk walk with the dog, or just do some jumping jacks or run on the spot while you’re waiting for dinner to cook! It will not only speed up your metabolism but it will release serotonin in your body improving your mood, and your nights sleep!

Losing weight is a bit complicated and it needs good self-control and self-discipline. Having a plan on how to lose weight is very common but the most debilitating things are habits and lifestyles. It is vital to keep focused and try to change eating habits if you want to lose weight.

Sourced from: U.S. News Health by K. Aleisha Fetters

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