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5 hurdles that may be limiting your weight loss journey

Jun 08, 2021 17:39 IST | By Vishakha Somani

Weight loss is a long journey. It is a matter of staying motivated, regularly implementing new habits and making good food choices. Are you doing everything but seeing no results? Finding out why you aren’t losing weight could be the key to solving your problem. Maybe you are missing an important factor or just focussing on the wrong things. Let’s walk through some of the common hurdles that often prevent people from hitting their weight loss goals.   

Exercise without diet  

Most people try to lose weight without realising that the first step is to change how they eat. Achieving a calorie deficit, which is burning more calories than you consume, is essential for weight loss. Without a balanced calorie-restricted diet, it is unlikely to lose and maintain any substantial loss in weight.   

Falling for diet fads  

Most weight-loss diets and supplements are marketing gimmicks to sell you diet plans or pills. It is important to recognize that most fad diets are ineffective and may cause serious long-term harm. Do not fall for magical diet tricks without consulting a medical expert and stick to eating a diverse and balanced diet rich in natural, whole foods.  

Incomplete exercise  

Exercise and physical activity are important for any individual. But if you’re on a weight loss journey, you might want to opt for more than one type of exercise. For effective calorie burn, both aerobic exercises such as running or cycling and anaerobic exercise such as weight lifting are important.   

Lack of restful sleep   

An oft-forgotten or ignored part of a healthy lifestyle, people often ignore the importance of good sleep. Lack of sleep can affect weight loss by decreasing metabolic activity and increasing belly fat accumulation. Sleep deprivation can even make you feel hungry, even when you’re full.   

Medical issues or age  

While the factors discussed so far are in your control, medical conditions can also impact the pace of your weight loss. Conditions like thyroid, PCOS or taking antidepressants, beta-blockers or other medications can cause weight gain and make it especially hard to lose any. 

If you think that you’re doing everything right, then it may be a good idea to see your doctor to rule out a medical condition as the cause. 

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