We have all been there: we slave away at the gym or at home, trying to free up some space on the waistband of our jeans. But we can’t seem to get it right. Now, a new study surfaces to explore one of the possible reasons why you still can’t lose weight even after all that exercise.
Here’s why you exercise so much and still can’t lose weight
(CNN)If you are intensifying your running regimen in hopes of losing weight, you might be running around in circles: There is a limit to how many calories we can burn through exercise, a new study suggests.
The grim message comes from a small study of a group of 332 adults living in the United States, Jamaica and Africa, some of them more sedentary and some more active. A team of researchers measured their activity level for seven days using an accelerometer, similar to the kind in the
Fitbit and other wearable devices, and also measured the number of calories the participants burned over the week. Read More…
While our bodies may be naturally hard-wired to resist radical weight loss, there are still some ways we can ensure the successful – and healthy! – losing of the extra weight. First off is burning calories without actually exercising, which may not lead to the plateau that seems to suspend our metabolism. In the same way that standing can help you burn calories, twitching is also effective. Small, seemingly insignificant things such as tapping your feet or drumming your fingers still expend energy, which drives your metabolism.
Also, eat healthy. Low-calorie foods such as celery, cucumber, carrots and tomatoes do not make as big of a dent in your eventual weight as food items like, for instance, pasta. Even better, there are certain foods that actually burn calories – and hopefully help you find a stop to the reasons why you can’t lose weight. These include whole grains, fruits, yoghurt, blueberries, and almonds.
As much as possible, do not eat anything that you know will go straight to your thighs – but do not also deprive yourself too much that you will get tired of healthy food and forever abandon it. Try to find a balance, but also try to tip the scale in favour of a healthy diet.
Lastly, drink water. Water is the basic component of every chemical process in the body – including your metabolism. It does not, by itself, burn calories, but it can help you stay on track of your weight loss efforts as it helps keep hunger pangs away.