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    10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

    Post by SPADEZ on Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:52 pm

    You’re
    cutting down on fat, controlling carbs and exercising religiously. So
    why aren’t you losing weight? Here are 10 things that will derail your
    quest for a bikini body. Plus, how calorie-conscious are you? Rate
    yourself…



    You’re no slacker when it comes to your health: You exercise, watch what you eat, use portion control, and can resist Ben & Jerry’s without a problem.

    Yet the scale needle still won’t budge.

    Why are so many dieters destined to regain lost weight or never lose anything at all? Here are 10 reasons your body isn’t behaving:

    Physical Factors
    1. You don’t have enough muscle.
    The
    more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Fat and muscle
    tissues consume calories all day long whether you’re running, reading or
    sleeping. No matter what you’re doing, muscle rips through more calories than fat.

    That's why men burn calories a lot faster than women; they have more muscle.

    What to do: Start
    lifting weights. You don’t have to get huge, but building and
    maintaining muscle week after week, year after year makes a difference
    in the long run.

    Registered dietitian
    and certified personal trainer Marci Anderson has her clients alternate
    between strength exercises and heart rate-raising cardio in each
    session.

    “That way, their strength training includes the calorie-burning effect of cardio.”

    2. Genetics: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
    If
    both parents are obese, you are much more likely to be obese, says Jill
    Comess, M.S., R.D., food science and nutrition program director at Norfolk State University in Virginia.

    “Researchers estimate that your genes account for at least 50% - and as much as 90% - of your stored body fat,” she says.


    What to do:
    You’re not doomed. Your weight-loss challenge is just 10%-50% greater.

    “Losing even just a few pounds makes you healthier and less likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer,” Comess says. “So you don’t have to be super-slim to improve your health.”

    If an overweight woman loses even 5%-10% of her total body weight, she has a greater chance of reducing or getting off her high blood pressure or other meds, she adds.

    3. You’re getting older.
    A sluggish metabolism is a common aging problem. And we encourage it by sitting in traffic, long hours at the office and in front of computers.

    All
    this inactivity means we gradually lose muscle and increase body fat,
    resulting in a metabolic slump. But it’s not unbeatable.

    What to do: First,
    lift weights. But don’t underestimate the power of just moving. You
    faithfully walk the treadmill for an hour each day or go to yoga class,
    but what are you doing the other 23 hours?

    It’s a no-brainer:
    Folding laundry, walking to a co-worker’s desk and cooking dinner burn
    more calories than just watching TV, emailing your co-worker or driving
    to the pizza joint.

    Thin people fidget and move (called
    non-exercise activity) more than obese people, research shows. In fact,
    such antsy behavior might burn as much as 350 more calories per day –
    the equivalent of two doughnuts.

    4. Your body can’t keep up.
    To survive in the days before supermarkets, your body evolved some complex starvation-coping strategies.

    Now that food isn’t scarce, these processes can work against us, explains Jim Anderson, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Kentucky.

    “The intestines make about two dozen hormones – some that stimulate eating and others that decrease the need to eat,” he says.

    The sophisticated hormonal response can’t cope with our sedentary lifestyle and all those tempting Twinkies, potato chips and frozen dinners we gobble, he says. So it’s harder to maintain ideal body weight.

    What to do: You
    can’t fight evolution, so you have to focus extra-hard on those things
    you can. Be active every day and fill up on low-calorie foods, such as
    broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, green beans and other non-starchy
    vegetables.

    5. The problem is in your medicine cabinet.
    A
    host of drugs that treat diabetes, depression, high blood pressure,
    inflammatory disease and more affect weight regulation. Some will make
    you hungrier and others stimulate your body to store fat. And if a drug
    affects the brain, there’s a good chance it affects weight, Anderson says.

    What to do: Ask your health care provider if an alternate drug or a lower dose could work, but don’t change your medications without discussing it first.

    Self-Sabotage
    Are
    you your own worst diet enemy? It’s easy to let everyday life get in
    the way of making smart food choices. The drive-thru instead of a
    home-cooked meal is an obvious mistake. But you could be sabotaging
    yourself in some not-so-apparent ways too.

    6. You underestimate your portions and calories.
    Even
    dietitians underestimate calories – and by huge amounts! One study
    found that women and overweight people miscalculate more than others.

    Other
    studies suggest that the greatest underestimating occurs when the meals
    are the largest, and that it doesn’t have anything to do with how fat
    someone is.

    What to do: Follow the portion guidelines at mypyramid.gov
    for several days. Use measuring spoons, measuring cups and a food scale
    to guide you. Then plug in your food choices on that site or another
    reputable one to calculate your calorie intake. And read every food
    label for serving size and calories.

    Need more help? Visit eatright.org to find a registered dietitian in your area.

    7. You eat mindlessly or when distracted.
    Do
    you eat dinner in front of the TV? Do you stop eating when you’re full
    or when the show is over? All too often, such distraction leads to more
    and more mouthfuls of pasta or potatoes.

    If you’re munching from a bag of chips or a box of crackers, you can’t keep track of how much you’ve eaten.

    And
    plenty of dieters report they didn’t even realize they had snacked from
    the candy bowl or nibbled from a child’s plate until it was too late.

    What to do: Make
    it a house rule to eat from a dish. Always. No bags, cartons or
    fistfuls. Put it in a dish, sit down and savor the taste as you eat –
    without distraction. That means that if you’re going to grab the crust
    of your daughter’s grilled cheese sandwich, you have to put it on a plate first.

    8. You deprive yourself.
    Your
    list of can’t-have foods is so long, it rivals the nation’s tally of
    foreclosed homes. In fact, you’ve been so strict with yourself, you
    can’t remember the last time you ate a doughnut, a candy bar or a slice
    of pizza.

    Then - like so many times before - you give in, scarf down something taboo, and now you’re mad at yourself.

    So what the heck, you think: You’ll just eat everything on your forbidden list to get it out of your system. You’ll start your diet over again tomorrow – or next week.

    Problem is, you can’t get it out of your system. It just doesn’t work that way.

    What to do:No more setting yourself up for feeling deprived. In fact, no more dieting.

    Take
    the focus away from that list of bad foods and emphasize those that are
    good for you. If 90% of the time you eat a wholesome diet of ample
    fruits and vegetables, some whole grains, lean meats or other sources of
    protein, then the other 10% doesn’t really matter.

    So
    enjoy that glazed doughnut – but just one. If you want another, it will
    still be there tomorrow. After all, doughnuts or candy bars or pizza or
    whatever won’t drop off the face of the earth.

    9. You’re usually good, but…
    You always watch your portions. You start every morning with a healthful breakfast and eat only baked chicken, not fried.

    Always
    that is, unless you’re on vacation or dining out. Or celebrating a
    birthday. Or sharing an anniversary. Or honoring your son’s first home
    run.

    Consistency is key to dropping pounds. Researchers involved with the National Weight Control Registry found that those who eat similarly day after day are more likely to maintain weight loss than others.

    One
    splurge meal in a restaurant can easily undo all the small
    calorie-saving tricks you employed the whole week before. Derail
    yourself every week and you’ll never get anywhere.

    What to do: Again, stop dieting and start making small changes you can live with.

    Find
    ways to celebrate that don’t involve high-calorie eating (like a
    manicure) or take half of that restaurant meal home to celebrate again
    tomorrow.

    10. You overestimate your calorie burn.
    Gym
    machines are notorious for overestimating the calories burned by
    exercisers, and dieters can easily out-eat their workouts. Your
    30-minute power walk might burn 200 calories, but that won’t make up for
    your after-exercise power smoothie.

    What to do: Exercise is an important tool in controlling your weight and maintaining good health, but stop rewarding your good work with food.

    f you’re tempted to follow a sweat session with a smoothie or muffin, consider these numbers first:


    Food/CaloriesActivity/Time to Burn Calories
    Medium nonfat latte and blueberry muffin
    (605 calories)
    Walking 3.0 mph (20-minute mile), 2 hours, 14 minutes
    Walking 4.0 mph (15-minute mile), 1 hour, 29 minutes
    Large bagel with cream cheese
    (430 calories)
    Jogging 5.2 mph (11.5-minute mile), 35 minutes
    Aerobic dancing, low impact, 63 minutes
    22-ounce strawberry smoothie with artificial sweetener
    (250 calories)
    Weight training, light, 61 minutes
    Circuit training (includes aerobic activity), 23 minutes
    Fast food sausage and egg biscuit
    (500 calories)
    Gardening, 92 minutes
    House cleaning, heavy, 2 hours, 2 minutes
    * based on average 180-pound person

    How Calorie-Conscious Are You?
    Calorie-counting
    can be tedious, but knowing which foods will send you into a diet trap
    is easy. Find out how savvy you are with this quiz.

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