Weight Loss Difficulty
Happy Tuesday! I decided to write this post up after one of my readers commented on an article that dealt with the difficulty of losing weight. So I decided to fulfill that request.
Difficulty with weight loss is a common occurrence, but planning and perseverance can help you accomplish your weight loss goals.
Figure out what is causing your weight loss difficulty. Is the reason medical, genetic, a lack of exercise or consuming too many calories? If your reason is not medical or genetic, you may need to further reduce your calorie intake and burn more calories through physical activity to lose weight. Keeping a food and exercise log can help you determine the amount of calories to reduce or signal when it is time to change your workout routine.
Know Your Number: Calories
Since there are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, make sure that you are reducing your normal calorie intake by 500 calories per day to lose 1 lb. per week. Reducing your normal calorie consumption by 250 calories per day and increasing your physical activity to burn an additional 250 calories per day is an effective strategy to reach your calorie deficit. You can cut 250 calories out of your diet by drinking water instead of most 20 oz. regular sodas. A 185 lb. person can burn an additional 250 calories by exercising on a stair step machine for a half hour.
Exercise and Intensity
Some of the factors that determine the amount of calories a person burns through exercise are the frequency, intensity, time and type of exercise performed. If you are currently exercising regularly and have trouble losing weight, you may need to increase how many days per week you exercise or the length of time you work out to increase your calorie burn. Increasing the intensity of your workouts or trying different exercises may also help you burn more calories. If you are not currently exercising while trying to lose weight, now is a good time to start.
Weight Loss Time Frame
Be patient with your weight loss. You should aim for weight loss of 1 to 2 lbs. per week, which equals 52 to 104 lbs. lost in a year. A slow and steady pace may not be as exciting as losing 30 lbs. in 30 days, but losing weight gradually and developing healthier habits in the process is more likely to result in permanent weight loss than a more aggressive strategy.
Things To Consider
Always check with your health care provider before beginning exercise or modifying your eating strategy. If you are reducing your calorie intake and exercising regularly and still not losing weight, speak to your health care provider, a registered dietician or personal trainer for additional assistance with your weight loss.
While losing weight can be difficult, it is not impossible. Make a commitment, be aware of your portion sizes, read nutrition labels, progressively make your workouts more challenging, hold yourself accountable and don’t let obstacles discourage you from reaching your weight loss goals. People can lose weight using a solid eating strategy as long as they follow it and the strategy provides fewer calories than they normally take in.
I will tell you a little known fact about a major cause for difficult fat loss
In order to properly digest fats, the body needs and enzyme called lipase. Deficiency of lipase can be a contributing factor in obesity. With the proper level of lipase in the body to aid in the breakdown of fats, obesity can be counteracted and regulation of weight management would be attainable for those wishing to lose pounds without drastic steps like starvation strategies that do more damage than good.
Lipase is the enzyme responsible for proper digestion of fats and balancing of fatty acids.
For more on Lipase, click here.
Hope you enjoyed and learned a little bit.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Posted on January 17, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged calorie deficit, counting calories, eating strategy, Fat Loss, Fitness, Health and Fitness, Healthy Eating, Losing Weight, nutrition, weight loss diet, weight loss difficulty, weight management. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.