For some people weight loss can be difficult to achieve, which can lead to us making various excuses as to why we cannot achieve our goals.
Of course there are going to be issues that are specific to you, but most of us will encounter problems along the way that could potentially halt our progress. However, if you truly want to be successful then you need to find a way to overcome them.
Here are some tips to help you lose weight against the odds:
#1: You work while others sleep
Working nights can be difficult for those who wish to lose weight as you may not be getting enough sleep.
Ideally you should be getting a minimum of 7 hours sleep every day.
If you are not getting this amount then your hormones may become an issue, in particular your ghrelin and leptin levels.
When this occurs you will find that your cravings may take over, forcing you to eat more often than you should.
If you work nights regularly then you should continue to stick to your sleep schedule even on your days off. Otherwise you may disrupt your sleep patterns.
You could also try napping if you find that you are not getting enough regular sleep.
#2: Your medication is causing weight gain
Certain antidepressants that can cause an increase in your appetite, while some beta-blockers can lower your heart rate resulting in you feeling lethargic and unable to workout.
If this sounds like you then my first suggestion would be to talk to your doctor to see if there are any alternatives available that wont ruin your weight loss efforts.
Failing that you will need to look at what you are eating and when you are eating them.
I would suggest that you try to eat more often ( 5-6 times daily) to ensure your blood sugar levels do not fall and therefore cause food cravings to occur.
You should try to eat a diet rich in both fibre and protein as both will help keep you fuller for longer and will keep your energy levels high.
#3: You cant exercise
It is still possible to lose weight even if you cannot exercise due to illness or injury.
What you eat is just as important, if not more so than exercise for weight loss. Therefore instead of giving up your efforts when you are hurt perhaps it is time to put a little more effort into eating healthily.
Even if you cannot perform your usual workout routine, if your injury is not too severe then you may want to try less strenuous exercise such as yoga or swimming that will allow you to workout without causing further injury.
#4: You don’t have time to workout or eat healthy
Even if you lead a busy lifestyle there is no excuse not to eat healthily and to get regular exercise.
The key is to make the most of whatever time you have available and to be prepared.
For instance you could pre-prepare your healthy meals in advance so you do not have to resort to unhealthy takeaways or microwaved junk food when you haven’t the time to cook your own food.
As for exercise you can get a good workout in just 10 minutes if you perform HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
#5: Your job involves food
If you work with food on a daily basis then weight gain could easily become a problem if you are not careful.
However there are certainly ways that you can make it less of an issue.
One tip would be to eat a healthy, filling breakfast before work so that you are less tempted by what you are preparing.
If you find yourself tempted by the food at work you could try chewing gum or drinking water to relieve the cravings.
#6: You have thyroid issues
Your thyroid is the key to your metabolic rate, so if it is running slow then you will not be burning off the calories you need to avoid weight gain.
If you suspect that your thyroid is not working as it should then you need to make an appointment to see your doctor, who should be able to prescribe you with thyroid medication.
What you should be aware of is that this medication will not be the miracle you may hope it to be. You will still need to look at what you are eating and how much exercise you currently do.
#7: Your family has a history of obesity
Even if there are people who are obese in your family this does not mean that you will necessarily become obese too.
If you are willing to look after yourself, eat healthily and get regular exercise then there is no reason why you have to become obese.
Remember that obesity can cause early death, with various health conditions associated with this problem.