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Weight Loss Woes

By Donna Stark

I think most of us, at some point or another, have worried about our weight. Or, maybe worried isn’t the right word … how about obsessed? We’ve all had moments in our lives when the amount we weighed was front and center. For example, the weeks leading up to a wedding, the high school reunion coming up in a few months, bikini season. You know, all the moments in life when other people are going to be seeing the real you. In all your glory. And you can’t use Photoshop.

So you attempt to lose weight, but this whole weight loss thing can elude even the best of us. And more frustrating than that is when you think you are doing everything right and you aren’t seeing any noticeable gains (or loss, for the sake of this article). So what should you do?

Weight Loss can be Tricky

There could be any number of explanations of why you aren’t reaching your goals, but the good news is that most can be corrected. Here are a few reasons for what could be holding you back.

  • You’re not moving enough - Yes, you can still be sedentary even if you go to the gym a couple of times a week. If you are sitting at a desk all day and then coming home to watch television on your exercise-free nights, you are sedentary. Add movement to your day … every day. Walk on your lunch breaks, take the stairs, or complete a quick mini-workout during those television commercials. Just move!
  • Your portion sizes are off - Portion control is vital to achieving success with weight loss. It is often hard to estimate the correct number of calories in larger portions and as a result, many people will overeat. Keep measuring cups and spoons on-hand to make sure your portion sizes are correct and take notes. You aren’t always going to have the opportunity to have them with you.
  • You aren’t getting enough sleep - Prioritizing sleep is so important to the body’s overall health and getting enough of it has also been shown to help with weight loss. Conversely, lack of sleep can increase appetite-stimulating hormones which will end up leading to weight gain.
  • You’re drinking your calories - You may be focusing so much energy on the number of calories you put on your plate that you're forgetting those in your drinks, so choose beverages that have little to no calories in them. Skip the decadent coffee drinks in the morning, the sodas at lunch, and the cocktails during dinner; instead choose black coffee, plain teas, or water.

These are only a few of the culprits that may be keeping you from reaching your goals, but once you figure out what it is that you need to change, the weight loss will happen. Don’t be discouraged, stay on course, and turn that obsessiveness into success.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hillsboro, Ore.

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