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Why Your Diets Aren’t Working for You

There are tons of individuals out there that struggle with weight issues. Some lose it and then gain it right back. Some can’t lose it at all. Some don’t even know where to start. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Whatever situation you are dealing with, weight control is not easy. You’ve likely tried diet after diet with little to no results. Maybe you’ve got results and then stopped seeing results and started regaining weight. Maybe you’ve been making all the right moves, but the pounds aren’t going anywhere or are coming back. Despite what you might believe, it might not be because you aren’t choosing the right diet. There are tons of hidden reasons as to why people can’t successfully lose weight and keep it off. This is why weight control can be so difficult.
Learn these hidden reasons as to why you can lose and keep the weight off, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Not Consuming Enough Calories

When it comes to dieting, the first thing that most people think is that they need to start burning more calories than they are consuming. Isn’t the entire point of a diet to cut calories? You are right, but it really gets a bit more complicated than that. This is just one piece of the puzzle and a fraction of it at that. What most people don’t understand is that a calorie just isn’t a calorie. Depending on what you are eating, a calorie could be nutritious and sustenance. For instance, if you are consuming calories from lean protein and unsaturated fat, it’ll keep you fuller for an extended period of time. However, if you consume calories from sugars, it’ll go straight to your gut where it’ll get digested rapidly and turn into fat.

Cutting calories, but not consuming the proper vitamins, proteins, and fibers just aren’t going to work for anyone. Calorie restriction only ultimately leads to slowing down of the metabolism, which means you’ll burn food and calories even slower. What you need to focus on is, improving the nutritional quality of your diet. Choose better foods to put in your body that will help speed up your metabolism. There is nothing wrong with consuming more calories if they are good and help you burn other calories faster.

Skipping Meals

Skipping meals serves the same purpose as not consuming the right amount of calories. All ignoring hunger ques does is throws off signaling in your body. Signals depict a lot of actions that take place inside the body. Everything from thinking to what’s burned and energy intake all run on signals. Heck, the human body is nothing more than an entire electrical system of signals. Your endocrine, adipose, tissue, neurologic, and gastrointestinal systems all work off signals. Throwing off one signal is going to affect the rest of these signals.

Your body has a weight regulation system that was specifically designed to help you maintain your weight. When you start modifying hunger, activity, and metabolism, you cause this system to get all out of whack. Basically, what it results in is your body fighting over where your weight should be. Always listen to your body’s signals. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Those are the most important keys.

A balanced diet will offer more weight loss benefits than skipping meals.

Not Being Mindful About What You Eat

If the ultimate goal is to eat less than what you are already consuming without disrupting the body’s natural signals, how do you go about this? That’s a good question and one that many have a problem with. The real trick is to change how you are eating. Sounds simple enough, right? If it was everyone would be at their ideal weight. Eating right means watching everything that you are putting in your mouth. The tastes, the smells, the feeling, and the sanctification that you get from the food. You have to be mindful of it all.

Take smaller bites, don’t rush through your food, and take the time between bites to acclimate and see if you are still hungry. This is what mindful eating is. Another good strategy is to change the portions that you are putting on your plate. Sit down with smaller portions, and you won’t have any reason to overeat or eat for sanctification. Always try to be mindful of triggers that could lead to overeating.