Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Weight Loss- Difficulty Losing Weight

  It can be very challenging to lose weight when it seems as though you are getting nowhere. There are several reasons for not being able to lose weight. It is important to determine the cause and make sure there isn't a medical cause. Diseases, such as hypothyroidism, can cause difficulty losing weight and may even cause weight gain. There are special blood tests your doctor can perform to determine if you have a medical cause for not losing weight.

  Often, the cause of difficulty losing weight is not making the appropriate lifestyle changes. You must create a 500 calorie deficit daily to lose 1 pound per week. It is important to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Lots of fruits and vegetables are a good addition to your diet. A diet that is low in fat and carbohydrates is best. Your body does need some fat and carbs in order to function properly. Moderation is key to losing weight. Choosing appropriate portions will also go a long way toward reaching your goal.

  You must incorporate an exercise plan into your routine. At least 3 days per week of cardio is essential. You also need at least two days per week of strength training. This will help tone your muscles and provide a longer lasting metabolism boost.

  If you have tried eating a well-balanced diet and appropriate exercise and are not losing weight, you may need to switch up your routine a little bit. Try doing a different type of cardio than you were previously doing or making more adjustments to your diet. If this doesn't work, a visit to your doctor may be warranted!

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