There’s more to losing weight than simply using a simple diet or exercise plan. The complexity of the human body allows for a lot of different methods for getting and staying fit. That said, it usually takes a combined effort of a number of different factors working in tandem to actually cause significant and permanent bulk reduction. Losing weight is quite obviously beneficial to the human body. It doesn’t even require a large amount of weight loss to significantly improve your health. As Dr. George Blackburn observes in a study published in ‘Obesity: A Research Journal,’
Although most dieters strive to achieve “ideal” body weight, clinical and laboratory evidence clearly supports the value of a modest weight loss goal to attain health and emotional benefit.
Weight loss needs to be planned in order for it to work properly. Many of the times we set out a plan for our overall fitness, we don’t take into account a few obvious things that we should clearly notice . Here are a list of factors that might stop your weight loss plan dead in its tracks.
Vitamin and mineral deficiency can be a major aspect in effecting weight loss. In order to ensure maximum results from any technique, you should be aware of the state of your body’s vitamin and mineral intake. This allows your body to recover after weight loss without having any negative side effects from the lost mass. Deficiency diseases can be prevented by keeping an eye on the intake of these nutrients.
Bad Digestive System
A poorly functioning stomach or other part of the gastrointestinal tract is liable to cause lots of problems when trying to lose bulk. Since digestion of food is key to making sure that your body has enough energy to run, a bad digestive system could lead to disastrous effects ranging from low energy to deficiency diseases. The underlying reasons for having a bad stomach can range from low stomach acid, to chronic inflammation. In the case of the intestinal system, the problem can be difficult to isolate and diagnose. In order to guarantee that you keep atop your digestive system’s ins and outs, it is recommended that you have regular checkups to diagnose and solve problems so that they don’t get in the way of your plan.
Poor Sleep Habits
Although you may not think it, sleeping is very important to the body’s ability to metabolize and keep your weight at an optimal level. In the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences , a paper published by Knutson and Cauter, says,
Evidence is rapidly accumulating to indicate that chronic partial sleep loss may increase the risk of obesity and diabetes. Laboratory studies in healthy volunteers have shown that experimental sleep restriction is associated with an adverse impact on glucose homeostasis.
Science has known about the link between sleep deprivation and weight gain for decades, although it hasn’t much been publicized. In order to optimize your energy levels and by extension your weight loss, the ideal thing would be to make sure you get enough sleep when you require it.
Low Blood Sugar from Mistimed Meals
Eating on time has always been an issue for a lot of people. In order to make sure your diet and weight loss plan is working properly, having meals on time is essential. Missing meals can lead to over-consumption in the meal following which leads to excessive mass gain from this food. Although it might seem like a good idea to let your body ‘live off its fat’, the reality of the situation is that low blood sugar can result and that leads to a host of other problems with the functioning of your body. Most plans are designed around the ideal of a properly functioning body and no human machine can function properly on low blood sugar.It is obvious, then that meals should be taken on time to ensure optimal blood sugar levels and by extension a better performing weight loss model.
Consuming Too Much Carbohydrates
The body metabolizes carbohydrates before all other basic building elements. When energy needs are met, it then converts the remaining carbohydrates into fat. Excessive consumption of high carbohydrate meals can lead to an increase in weight. Even if you eat a very little amount of food, if it’s high in carbs, it’s going to affect your weight. Once the amount of carbs you eat exceeds the amount of carbs you require to sustain yourself, that’s when it can be dangerous to your weight loss program. However, you should be careful to consume enough food, because eating too little has its own associated risks. Ideally, you should maintain a balance between your carbohydrate intake and what you estimate you require.
In an article published in the Nutrition Journal in 2007 , Torres and Nowson note that,
Stress appears to alter overall food intake in two ways, resulting in under- or overeating, which may be influenced by stressor severity. Chronic life stress seems to be associated with a greater preference for energy- and nutrient-dense foods, namely those that are high in sugar and fat.
The fact remains that stress can lead to over- or under-eating and both have their negative effects on any sort of weight loss plan. Ideally, when you find yourself under stress, binge eating should be avoided at all costs. It may only seem like a small problem, but it could lead to massive trouble later on if continued.
All in all, no single weight loss plan will work across the board. Plans are specific to individuals and what may work for someone else, might not work for you. Plans need to incorporate a holistic development of the person they are designed for; covering both exercise requirements and diet needs. Regardless of how your weight loss plan is developed, you should keep an eye on these minor factors. Although they may seem inconsequential, when it comes to losing weight, every factor counts. Nothing is too small to be ignored, because at the end of the day, your weight loss is important, and every effort must be made to lose those excess pounds and keep them off.