Why is it so hard to lose weight?
Talk to a vast majority of women and you will find a common link concerning their weight. Some may want to lose a few pounds or a few stone but the commonality is the fact that it surely has to be one of the most difficult and frustrating things to achieve. Why on earth is it so difficult? How come it is so tough, when there is a massive plethora of weight loss advice, videos, books and web sites telling us how easy it is if we do XY or Z?
Realistically, you would think that if you eat a little less and exercise a little more, then the weight would drop off. But, in many instances, it just doesn’t. Or, you manage to lose it only to put it back on a few months later. This ‘failure’ to lose weight damages our self-esteem, confidence and belief in our own ability. In truth, it has NOTHING to do with will power but everything to do with our metabolism. Yeah, yeah, I know! You are sick and tired of hearing that but it is one life’s irritating but true facts.
We are gathering together some great articles with excellent advice plus courses that may help to get you structured. In our experience, the hardest thing with exercise is to actually get started, especially after an enforced break. Once you have established a pattern, it does become easier. Then, once you start to see results, you become inspired to keep going.
Please remember that we are not personal trainers or medically trained but, after a long period of being unable to lose weight because of adrenal fatigue (I may write about that at some point because many people suffer from this) – my body, under stress, depleted my adrenals, producing too much cortisol, which meant that the fat just sat there, doing nothing and refusing to go away! I tried many, many ways to lose the fat without success. I have been a runner for years and exercise every day. I eat healthily and keep sugar to a minimum, but the weight would not shift. Initially, I had to get my adrenal fatigue under control by taking supplements, reducing stress. Once, the crashing fatigue had been under control for a few months, I started to look into ways to help kick-start my metabolism.
What I did may not help you, but this was my own personal method which has worked extremely well for me.
I started resistance training, working with a kettlebell and following a DVD which works on cardio and resistance, a combination that boosts your metabolism and targets fat.
There are two that I use regularly: –
Jillian Michaels – Shred-it with Weights – I really enjoy this DVD. It is around 25 minutes with a warm up and cool down. Within a few weeks of following it, you certainly notice your strength increasing and your body starting to tone up. There are two levels in the DVD. I haven’t progressed to level 2 yet
Ultimate Kettlebell Workout for Beginners by Paul Katami who is a great (pleasant to listen to and watch) kettlebell teacher. This workout has less cardio activity in it but, by sheer definition of working with weights, you will raise your heart rate. What I like about this DVD is that you get an on-screen timer which counts down during each exercise. This helps you to keep going when you feel like giving up. This was the DVD I started with.
There are three x 25 minute workouts.
Be prepared, after your first few sessions, that your legs may feel very wobbly!
Resistance training, we understand – and are told – helps the body to keep burning calories for up to 48 hours after your workout. I certainly have noticed the most difference with this form of exercise, as hard as it may be.I would suggest, as I did, starting with a small weight and then building up. I have listed the items that I use for my kettlebell workouts.
Because of my adrenal fatigue, I had to look at better ways of eating. I limit my carbohydrates and eat good quality proteins. I follow Paleo Diet Primer (a way of eating rather than a restrictive diet) by Keris Marsden & Matt Whitmore. The recipes are simple and delicious and generally low cost to produce. I look forward to my meals and never feel hungry
Stair walking – I read up about stair walking being a good way to lose weight. I started off by walking up and down the stairs 10 times (5 up and 5 down) and have currently built up to 20 times and am doing that about 4-5 times a day.
Every time I leave the room, I walk up and down the stairs, before going to do whatever I planned to do. It gets the heart beating and is a brilliant, no cost way to start doing some exercise. Remember that it is important to know your limitations and start off with whatever you can do. Again, I remind you that I am NOT a personal trainer or medically trained.
Please do check with your physician before embarking on any exercise.
A morning protein shake
I absolutely love my morning protein shake. There are some gorgeous smoothie recipes in the Paleo Diet Primer book, but I make up my own mix, mostly because I get bored easily.
Typically, what I always add is
* Coconut oil – about a level tablespoon
* Ground Flaxseed – great source of Omega 3
* Chia seeds – An ancient Mayan superfood
* Whey protein – each serving contains 80% protein – helps you to feel fuller for longer. Many different flavors but this is my preferred brand.
Then I may add two or three of the following items – beetroot, kiwi, banana, ginger, frozen berry mix, celery, mango, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, melon – generally, whatever I fancy.
I use almond milk or coconut milk to mix. Not cheap, but much better for you than soy milk. Also both are a simply delicious drink served hot with 3 spoons of cocoa – a real treat when you feel like spoiling yourself
To mix it all together, I use the wonderful Nutri-Bullet which I could not live without! Within seconds, you can create a delicious and nutritious shake that will keep you going for many hours. My Nutri-Bullet has been a fantastic edition in helping me to manage my eating habits.
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