Why women are more prone to weight gain and not able to lose easily? If you are trying to lose weight and having trouble, you have many reasons….
I have to do laundry, grocery, drop n pick kids, guests are coming, my mother is sick and there are such numerous excuses a woman may have. I consider these to be barriers in a woman’s good health and deprive her of the benefits of enjoying a good body.
It is commonly observed that women often find it harder than men to shed excess weight. In part that’s because women’s bodies have a tendency to “hold on” to a certain amount of fat. But in most of the cases, the problem can be due to some faulty habits and lifestyle traps, which can easily be remedied.
Watch out if you are falling or already fallen in the traps of a faulty diet or lifestyle, which is a hindrance in your weight loss…
1.Skipping Breakfast: You are a busy bee in the morning hours and the worst outcome is skipping the breakfast. Your metabolism is like a car. If you don’t put fuel in the tank, it won’t run. And skipping breakfast helps ensure that your fat-burning metabolism never gets out of the driveway. And remember …breakfast skippers never lose weight. Have healthy breakfast ..!
2. Lack of adequate sleep: Sleep deprivation can lead to increased levels of cortisol, a so-called stress hormone that seems to stimulate the appetite. Stimulation of the appetite can prove disastrous for your weight.
3. Thyroid Disorders: Some women have trouble losing weight because of a hormonal problem. The Thyroid gland, located in the neck, pumps out hormones that control your body metabolism. If the gland’s output isn’t high enough, it is sluggish or slow, a condition known as hypothyroidism, the weight can pile on and stay on. This thyroid trouble might increase your weight-loss difficulties; you can get your hormone levels tested. If you have a deficiency, effective treatment is available, consult an endocrinologist.
4. Stress: You are managing home, office, kids, family and your staff….it can be very stressful. It’s hard to lose weight if you’re always stressed out. That’s because stress triggers the body to release cortisol, an appetite-stimulating stress hormone. Even if you’re not feeling typically hungry, stress can cause mindless snacking. Instead of eating, what can you do when you feel stressed? Go for a walk or take a series of deep, relaxing breaths.
5. You are not eating enough: Some women have trouble losing weight not because they eat too much but because they eat too little. Typically, consuming less than 1,200 calories a day puts a woman’s body into “starvation mode.” The metabolism slows, meaning it takes longer to burn each calorie consumed. Increasing the daily calorie count up a bit can speed weight loss.
6.Failing to exercise: Even though women want to, still they can’t take time out for exercise. Many of women aren’t getting enough exercise to lose stubborn weight. About 60 minutes of exercise each day is very important. And don’t just restrict yourself to walking, running, and other aerobic exercises, strength training boosts body metabolism a lot longer than does aerobic exercise.
7.Medicines may cause weight gain: Nearly all sorts of prescription medicines can cause weight gain, including steroids, which are commonly used to treat asthma and other inflammatory conditions, some contraceptive pills and certain antidepressants. If you think a drug might be contributing to your weight problem, ask your doctor.
8. Uncontrolled Eating: If you have a healthy appetite, it’s more important to pay attention to your portion sizes. It is an essential part of an effective weight-loss regimen. When you’re stressed out or tired, it’s very easy to forget when your hand goes into the cookie jar or the savory snacks. By the end of the day, it all adds up. Know when you’ll eat, and how much. And snack not on cookies and other sweets, but on healthy, filling natural foods. Nuts and raisins are a great option – in part because nuts help keep you feeling full for a long time.
Most of you already know that eating less and moving more are the keys to dropping extra weight. But if you’re already doing everything right and can’t seem to lose weight or are even gaining it you may have a hidden health condition that’s sabotaging your efforts and your enthusiasm. I strongly advocate, besides weight gain or an inability to lose weight, if you notice fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, joint pain and muscle weakness, heavy periods, increased sensitivity to cold, even depression please consult your doctor. I hope you will consider these suggestions and this indeed will boost up your morale and fasten your weight loss.