There are a number of different reasons why you may be struggling to lose weight, and a lot of them have nothing to do with how much you’re eating. Though eating excess calories and choosing the right foods is still a major factor, there are other aspects to weight loss that some people never consider.
Many people know this rule but underestimate its importance. If you drink plenty of water during the day, it will help to curb your appetite. When your mouth is feeling dry, it’s very tempting to drink sweet fizzy drinks or fruit juice, but try a glass of water instead, and you may find the craving subsides.
The relationship between hunger and thirst is quite complicated. During one research study, participants ate around 85 fewer calories when they drank two glasses of water before a meal.
Some people still hang on to the belief that skipping meals will help them eat fewer calories in the day. Here’s their logic: if I’m eating two rather than three meals a day, I’ll lose more weight. However, avoiding meals plays havoc with your metabolism, causing you to pile the weight back on. Though skipping breakfast may result in weight loss for the first week or two, it almost always fails in the long term. Also, you’re more likely to feel hungrier as the day goes on, which may cause you to ‘binge eat’ later.
A lot of drink manufacturers are all too quick to label their cans and bottles as ‘zero calories’. Not only do these so-called low calorie drinks provide no nutritional benefit, but also artificially sweetened beverages may actually ‘trick’ your body into expecting calories, causing you to feel hungry and crave food.
While an intense physical workout will go a long way towards burning calories, you simply can’t burn thousands of calories during one session. You’ll have far more success if you eat healthy meals before and after a workout, as this will give you the energy you need to exercise without cancelling out your hard work in the gym.
If foods contain little to no fat, they’re usually full of starchy carbs, sugar and artificial sweeteners, added to improve the taste. Indulging in low-fat, high-sugar foods will send your blood sugar through the roof, causing your pancreas to produce insulin, which stimulates cells to absorb and store the sugar. Consistently eating more sugar than your body needs can lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and other health problems.
We all know that the simplest way to maintain a healthy weight is to eat healthily and exercise enough. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, there are no real shortcuts. However, by taking into account these five points, you should find losing weight a little easier.