Struggling To Lose (Or Keep Off) Weight? Here’s 7 Reasons Why
Many of us know the fundamental ways of what to do to lose weight – eat healthy, do exercise, watch our calorie intake and so on. However, the hardest part is trying to keep it off and that requires a bit more effort than just counting calories. Over at Breaking Muscle, there’s a great post with 7 tips of how to get lean and stay there. It’s well worth a read and I’m certain it will teach you one or two things about exercise and diet. Here’s a short extract:
1. You Eat Out a Lot
When eating out, planned meals turn in to unplanned meals. If you eat out frequently (more than three times per week), it’s much tougher to lose weight and keep it off. A recent study published in Public Health Nutrition found that dining out led to “significant increases in energy, sugar, saturated fat, and Na (salt).” Additionally, the study found that people who eat out at restaurants eat on average 200 calories more per day than those who eat at home.
2. You Aren’t Running
People who run don’t tend to be heavy and it’s no wonder why. Running for one hour (assuming a 160lb person) burns 606 calories at a 5mph pace and 861 calories at a 8mph pace. That is equivalent to jumping rope for sixty minutes. Furthermore, the intensity at which running takes place can create an after-burn process called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). EPOC turns your body into a calorie-burning machine with an additional 24 to 36 hours of elevated calorie consumption.
Be sure to check out the rest of the article and learn about these very useful seven tips in full. Remember, there’s no quick and easy way to lose weight – the best exercises to keep it off are the ones which are hard and uncomfortable. That’s not to say nutrition and our metabolism doesn’t play a crucial part because it does, but mostly it comes down to self discipline and determination.
About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.