If one involves himself with mindless munching and spends too much time on the couch, weight is easy to gain and difficult to lose. But did you know that there are some unknown factors that could have hampering your progress in your bid for weight loss?
Let's run through some of the agents which make weight loss more difficult to achieve:
1. Weekend Overindulges
To make sure that you do not overindulge on Saturdays and Sundays, it becomes very important that you keep a watch on your portion size. You may choose to weigh yourself daily, and also keep a watch on your alcohol intake.
Researches show that people do not seem to realize that they overeat on weekends, in particular on Saturdays. As they consume more calories, process of weight loss slows down.
2. Avoiding “Good” Fats
If one chooses to go for nuts, avocados and olive oil, it can enable one to keep a check on his diet and eat less than what one otherwise would. These are foods rich in unsaturated fats, and send brain the signal that you're full.
When one consumes these foods, it triggers the production of oleoylethanolamide, which is a compound in the small intestine. This then reaches nerve endings to carry the message to the brain that you're full.
To limit weight gain from healthy fats, you must limit the intake to 2-3 tablespoons.
3. Not Getting Enough Calcium
For women who are overweight and calcium deficiency, boosting the calcium intake is likely to speed up the process of weight loss.
One must get at least 1000mg of calcium everyday, so you may choose to go for one cup of milk (250 ml), a cup of yogurt and a cube of cheese (42 gms).
4. Not Eating Your Carbs In The Right Proportion
If you go for a diet which contains moderate amount of calories from carbohydrates, it would help you maintain a healthy body weight. As a norm, people who consume 47-64% (290-310g) of their calories per day as carbohydrates are less likely to be overweight or obese, as compared to those consuming carbs in lower percentages.
Diets that are too low or too high in carbohydrates are tougher to maintain.
5. If You Are 40 Or Older
You need to be extra careful of your diet if you are 40 years or more of your age. You may consider letting go of some daily sweet indulgences. This is mainly because as one ages, one starts to lose the mean muscle mass. And resulting from the same, one's metabolism slows down. More so if one does not get some regular exercise.
Yet another high of letting go of some of your routine sweeter indulgences is that you get to develop a higher eating resistance.
6. A Treat Free Diet Plan Might Not Work That Well
An occasional treatment is likely to work nicely for you, so you may go for a special dessert or french fries every once in a while. This would protect you from overdoing on the wrong kind of foods because you feel that you are depriving your body.
7. Could A Virus Be The Culprit?
This is yet another reason why you need to wash your hands properly. If you happen to catch the adenovirus-36, it could make you gain weight gain. And this could lead to flu, cold or some other respiratory infections as well!