Jacqueline Fernandez, Puma training ambassador, shows you how to stay in shape
So, you've made your gym or yoga mat your second home and are counting every calorie you ingest – but your bathroom scale hasn't tipped an inch. Well, you're not alone, most of us have been through rigmarole of losing weight. Weight Loss is not only physical, but also mental. Dr Pankaj Aggarwal, Agrawal, Homeo Clinic, says, “People need to make a commitment to lose weight, get their priorities straight, set realistic goals, eat healthy, become physically active and change their lifestyle, if they plan to achieve weight loss.” Though in some cases, your weight gain may be due to an altered health condition and may require medical attention. Other than that, the following could be the reason you ain't shedding your kilos:
Chronic stress: When you live with anxiety, stress, or grief, your body can produce chemical substances that make your body more likely to store fat, especially around the waist. That's the type of weight gain that really increases your risk of serious health problems. Though, extra weight around the hips and thighs poses fewer health risks. Don't take your blues too lightly either, many people who are depressed turn to eating to ease their emotional distress.
Skipping meals: No, cutting down on your meals is not the way to drop weight, especially breakfast. Research shows that people who skip breakfast meals weigh more than those who don't. That's mostly because you usually end up eating more during the course of the day. So indulge in a healthy breakfast (like a king) containing protein and fiber such as an egg, a piece of whole-wheat toast, and a fruit.
Not staying hydrated: Diet drinks and sodas do not count as hydration, all you need is to up your H2O levels. It won’t make you lose weight, but it does aid weight loss. Mostly because people tend to eat confusing being thirsty with hunger. So, a glass of water before meals will help you fill fuller as well as flush out the toxins.
Lack of vitamin D: Receptors in your brain need vitamin D to keep hunger and cravings in check, as well as to pump up levels of the mood-elevating chemical serotonin. This nutrient even optimizes your body's ability to absorb other important weight-loss nutrients, especially calcium. When your body lacks calcium, it can experience up to a fivefold increase in the fatty acid synthase, an enzyme that converts calories into fat. By fueling your body with the D-rich nutrients it needs to get out of a fat-storage state and into a fat-burning one, you could potentially speed weight loss by up to 70 percent.
Doing cardio only: Cardio excercises help lose weight but are not really helpful if that's the only thing in your workout regime. You need to concentrate working on your muscles to burn calories faster too. Developing your muscles will result in your body burning calories even after you stop exercising. The more muscles you have, the more calories you’ll burn.