Five weight loss roadblocks

Last updated 05:00 21/06/2014

TREAT CHEAT: Not having access to treats in a diet can cause you to over indulge when you do have one.

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Diet and exercise are the best way to lose weight. But have you tried every diet imaginable or exercised until you couldn't move your body, and still can't seem to lose weight?

You may be suffering from a hidden weight loss roadblock. Here are five to avoid if you want to lose weight.

1. A lack of sleep

Not getting the right amount of sleep can have dire consequences to your weight.

Sleep helps regulate your hormones leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is responsible for reducing your appetite and speeding up your metabolism. Your levels of leptin are increased during sleep. Ghrelin is responsible for making you feel hungry. During sleep, this hormone is decreased.

If your hormones are out of whack, it can result in you overeating, because your appetite is increased and your metabolism is decreased. If one of your problems with weight is that you are always hungry, it is recommended that you get more than six hours of sleep. Six hours will not curb your hunger. Try eight or even nine.

2. Living in pain

If you live in constant pain, it can be hard to lose weight. Scientific research has figured out several reasons why pain can be a weight loss roadblock.

Pain can result in making your feel hungrier and/or less full after you eat. This can cause you to eat more food, to get a sense of satisfaction.

Pain can also limit your exercise. When you are in pain, you do not feel like exercising. If you do exercise, the intensity of your exercise will be lowered.

Pain also has an effect on how your body moves in general, for example, your body will decrease its movements. That means less use of muscles and little to no real physical activity. When you reduce the use of muscles, you are reducing your metabolism. Thus, you will not be burning calories. 

3. Movement quality

As stated above, if you do not use your muscles to move, you are not burning calories. As a result, you cannot lose weight. Movement equals your metabolism. Without quality movement, your metabolism will be decreased, and you cannot have intense workouts to help you burn calories.

4. Losing reality

Some people are out of touch or in denial about how they are trying to lose weight. Most people believe that they are trying everything, but they still cannot lose weight. It is impossible to try different weight loss techniques and not see some results.

You need to lose the perception that you are doing everything and try to look at your behaviour objectively.

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Are you sticking to your diet? Do you need to change the diet you are on? Are you sleeping enough? How much physical activity are you actually doing? The reason you are not seeing any progress lies in the answer to one of those questions.

5. Cheating with treats

It can be hard to stick to a diet. The best diets are the ones that do not drastically change your eating habits overnight. They are easier to maintain and can help with permanent weight loss. Diets that drastically change your diet are not good, because once you end the diet, it is easier to gain your weight back.

It is best to pick diets that allow a few treats. Not having access to treats can cause you to over-indulge when you do eat a treat. You cannot stop at one. Most cheats result in eating more unhealthy food. For example, if you give in and have your favourite dessert, the next night you might have your favourite dessert and some fried chicken. This can be a downward spiral. Having one item during a meal that is considered a cheat is the best way to stop the downward spiral.

These five hidden roadblocks are not permanent. You can act to purge your life of these behaviours. As a result, you can have a successful weight loss journey.

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