Stop Telling Yourself You Can’t Lose Weight

Unfortunately, there are many people who want and need to lose weight and they expect it to disappear within a day or two.  Not going to happen.  You did not become overweight or obese overnight, and you are not going to reverse the problem overnight either.  Losing weight is not easy and it takes time, but it can be done.  The first thing you need to do is to stop telling yourself you can’t lose weight.  The second thing you need to do is realize that the process will take time and commitment.  You will never lose weight if you are not honest with yourself.  You will not succeed if you make excuses why you cannot exercise or why you must have that large slice of cake. 

We all know that the sensible way to lose weight is to cut back on the calories we eat and increase exercise.  Exercise combined with a sensible eating plan will provide your body with the nutrients it needs and give it the activity is needs too.  You need to find an exercise regime and eating plan that you can follow for the rest of your life.  When you go on a diet and then go off the diet after reaching the desired weight, you are setting yourself up to regain the lost weight. 

For some people the only motivation they need to stay on a healthy eating and exercise program is to see a little progress.  When the scale moves down a little they become more motivated realizing they do have a shot at getting to their ideal weight. 

There are a few things that may be slowing your weight loss.  If you have a lot of belly fat it may be caused by stress in your life.  A hormone called Cortisol is produced when your body is under stress and this increases fat storage around your mid-section.  In addition to looking bad, belly fat puts you at risk for heart disease and diabetes. 

Try to reduce some of the stress in your life.  Yoga or meditation are good techniques for reducing stress.  Engaing in some regular exercise will also help decrease your stress level.  Learn to think more positively about your life and about your weight loss.  This can help with your efforts to lose weight. 

Getting enough good sleep is also important for losing weight.  The human body needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.  When you don’t get the necessary sleep your metabolism starts to slow down and your body does not work the way it should.  If you are not getting enough sleep, try going to sleep a little earlier each night. 

Another reason why you may not be losing weight is lack of fluids.  Are you drinking enough water?  Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water daily is usually recommended. 

Do you drink a soda or other sweetened beverages?  It does not matter whether the drinks are sweetened with sugar or artificially sweetened they are adding no nutritional value. All they are doing is adding to your excess fat.  Just be eliminating soda you can lose over 25 pounds in a year. 

Diet soda is sweetened with artificial sweeteners which trick your body into staying fat.  When you drink diet soda the body thinks it is getting something of value.  Then the body realizes it isn’t getting anything of value so the brain signals the stomach it is still hungry and then you end up eating more. 

If you want to lose weight eat sensibly and exercise.  Try to reduce the stress in your life, get enough good sleep and eliminate the sodas.  This should start you on your way to losing weight and eliminate the thought that weight loss success is impossible for you.