Obesity and weight loss has become widespread in the 21st century. Whiles being obese and overweight remains a big challenge, many dieters also struggle to lose weight. When we diet, we control our food intake with the intent to lose weight.

Nonetheless, there have been many instances when dieters struggled to lose weight. Why are many dieters battling with weight loss? Research suggests that the measures we take when trying to lose contributes greatly to the risk of future obesity and weight gain. Losing weight necessitates dedication to change one’s lifestyle and a sustained effort to maintain a healthy diet as well as engage in physical activities.

This article will guide you through some weight loss errors lots of people make.

1. Starving

Starving is relative to each individual depending on their usual daily consumption. Some people intentionally go hungry without any food for the purpose of weight loss. In the hypothalamus of the brain are a group of neurons that regulate appetite.

These neurons majorly contribute to the caloric thermostat that regulate our weight and our urge to eat. The body requires a reasonable amount of calories to function. When we starve, these neurons stop us from burning fat to compensate for the reduction in calories. The best way is to combine physical activity with a moderate reduction in caloric intake.

2. Not Consuming Any Carbohydrates At All

Food when ingested is broken down to their various components and sugar (glucose) is one of these components. Most people avoid the intake of carbohydrates for the fear of gaining extra weight.

However, one must bare in mind that the various components of foods break down at different rates. Low glycemic index foods (grains, sweet potatoes, corn, yam, oatmeal) tend to release glucose gently and slowly compared to foods that have a higher glycemic index (potato, white rice, white bread etc). Provided, the carbohydrates ingested have a low glycemic index, there is no cause for alarm.

3. Dieting First Before Exercising

People usually restrict their eating habits before thinking of physical activity. A recent study suggests that, exercise should come first in the commencement of weight loss therapy then followed up with dieting.

Sometimes, others start dieting and exercise at the same time. This attitude should be reconsidered.
Exercising first and dieting later protects you from muscles loss.

4. Focusing Just On Exercising OR Focusing Just on diet restriction

It is interesting how much money people spend on gym registration, how much time they spend at the gym and how little they care about maintaining a healthy eating habit. Also most people don’t engage in any form of physical activity and rely mainly on restricting their diet.

Both dieting and exercising play a huge role in weight loss but one must not be prioritized at the expense of the other. For lack of time, people rarely exercise. Some exercises you can engage in include brisk walking, jogging, swimming, weight lifting etc. You should also consume foods with a low glycemic index as mentioned above.

5. Craving for unhealthy food.

The link between food restriction and cravings is uncertain. However, a recent study reveals that compared to non dieters, people on diet experience stronger cravings that are difficult to resist.

Further research indicates that chocolate is the most craved food during dieting. Dieting is hardwired to the brain and requires commitment to yield positive results. Craving and binging on unhealthy food only makes the weight loss journey a difficult one to achieve.

Summary

Restricting one’s diet for the purpose of weight loss can be a bit challenging but with commitment it can be possible.

Physical activity should be combined with dieting for effective results.