“I’m not losing any weight!” my friend whined to me the other day. Then, pinching that little bulge on her side, she added, “And my love handles aren’t coming off.”
My friend and I are not alone in our “pesky love handle” problems [if you’re wondering what love handles are, they’re the fatty humps in our midsection]. Millions of women across the world face the same dilemma. You religiously followed your exercise routines every single day. You watch what you eat. But then, you just can’t seem to shed off those unwanted pounds and get rid of those bumps.
I learned on my journey to overcome my weight difficulties that sometimes, it’s not YOU who’s at fault why you’re not dropping those extra pounds. There may be other reasons why you’re not losing weight. Below are 6 of these surprising weight loss hitches.
People often mistake and misunderstand the term “diet”. If they hear this word, they think outright that diet is about losing weight. It’s not always the case. According to health experts, diet is composed of many types – vegetarian diets, weight-control diets, crash diets, detox diets, belief-based diets, medical-reasons diets, and other diets not categorized in what was already mentioned. So you see, it’s not just about weight reduction. Diet is all about an eating routine on a daily basis.
Anyway, it cannot be denied that the most popular type of diet is the weight-control diet process. People always attempt to lose weight. And now that it’s 2018, the ‘IN’ weight-control diet programs are the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, and the Keto or Ketogenic Diet. I’ve made it my mission to understand what these three diets are all about so I can share it with all of you in a non-complicated matter.
And The Steps I’m Going To Do In Its Stead Instead
This new year, I’ve resolved not to diet anymore.
“Why, Sara? After all the posts you made about various diet plans, you’re going to quit just like that?!” (I imagine you asking that in a slightly whiny voice.)
Yes! But let me justify my answer.
It All Started With This World’s Current Culture Trend
We’ve been seeing a rise in plus-sized models, the range of plus-sized clothes and the like these past years. Additionally, we appreciate the growing number of companies embracing the “love all body forms and shapes” movement. We even witness celebrities opening up on social media platforms, showing the world their imperfections like unequal breasts due to breastfeeding and stretch marks.
However, no matter how many “Love yourself just as you are” campaigns we launch now and later on, they won’t change the fact that our society is obsessed with beautiful people who have beautifully-formed proportionate bodies (translated as reed-thin) and thigh gaps.
Talking about these things might sound farfetched but these, in point of fact, made me realize I’ve been dieting for all the wrong reasons, the primary one being I WANTED TO LOOK AS GORGEOUSLY THIN AS THESE GIRLS PLASTERED ALL OVER THE INTERNET.
And so, I want to make an about-face change.
I want to foster body respect, and I want it to start with me.
I planned to lose weight and started taking a step towards that goal through dieting. My motivation? I hated the “largeness” I see every time I look at myself in the mirror. While it was an excellent weight loss stimulus, it wasn’t healthy. I’d only hate myself more if I weren’t able to reach my dream weight at the appointed time. Feeling good about my body once I started losing my extra pounds was just a temporary image boost. I have to work towards a lasting endgame – my health.
I’m giving weight stigma the boot.
If I can say to myself all those plus-sized models look great even when they’re in their swimsuits, why can’t I accept myself in this body first?
I just learned that being overly critical of my body size has adverse psychological and emotional effects. And so, I’m resolving to love my body first just as it is and make the decision to work on it because of that love.
I’m practicing intuitive eating.
What’s intuitive eating? When we were babies, we instinctively know when to ask for food and when to stop because we’re full. This ability gets lost in us as we grow up because of the various eating rules and external urges we try to follow like when our parents tell us to “eat three spoonfuls more of food” or when we’re told to eat whatever is in our plates up.
Fortunately, we can relearn this skill. We can start by being mindful eaters. And after a few weeks of trying the method, the results I see are far more fulfilling than when I was dieting.
I’m focusing on my overall wellness first and let weight loss take the backseat.
This year, I’m resolved to embrace ways that contribute to my overall wellness regardless of that being a weight loss factor or not. I’m exercising because moving improves my cardiovascular health. If I shed off pounds because of my workout, that’s just an added benefit. I lead a healthy lifestyle to take care of myself, not because I’m dieting. If I lose weight doing this then, great!
This 2018, this is my commitment:
I’m taking good care of myself not because I want to lose weight but because I want to be healthy.
HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training is a very popular type of exercise routine. If you noticed, several, if not all, fitness gyms and sports training clubs market that they have specialists for high-intensity interval training.
The four diet plans mentioned in the title are just a few of the most common eating programs right now. It offers a lot of good points, but none of the programs are faultless. Each of the programs has many pros much like corresponding drawbacks. As to what program you can follow and patronize, the decision is up to you. All of the diet plans here will help you lose weight, but there are impacts on both your body and mind.
Let’s say these “lifestyles” are sure-fire in eliminating your excess body weight. The concern here is your mental health. It may pose a serious consequence to your brain function. You can ask any doctor or expert for that matter. Before doing any exercise or diet program, your body must be healthy. It also includes your mental state. Does it make sense? It means that your psychological state must also be “healthy.”
People who follow the Dukan Diet are eating more protein foods compared to carbohydrates-enriched foods. The program also features a low-calorie meal plan and has four phases. The first two phases of the Dukan Diet is for eliminating excess weight. The last two stages are all about maintaining your weight after the two phases are complete.
I have always been “big,” and when I say big, it means heavy, overweight and yes, FAT. There, I said it. During middle school, my teachers would refer to me as “that adorable, chubby one with big, brown eyes.” In high school, I heard one of the guys say (he didn’t know I was listening in), “Good thing she has a beautiful face and a big butt.” (At least I knew what he was up to early on and rejected his advances. He wanted my butt!!!)
During college, one particular guy (an ex-boyfriend) loved the idea that I was plus size. I get to eat as much as him during buffet dinners. He said that he got his money’s worth. I felt as if I was there as his eating buddy and not his girlfriend. Anyway, I met the love of my life after I graduated and we started an adventure of forever together.
Ten years into our marriage and three kids later, I was still pretty, but my weight was appalling. I’m not that cute and chubby girl anymore. Big butt chick? No. It was enormous like the Titanic. I was still considered a “plus-size” girl, yeah, but 24 is not plus size. It’s DINOSAUR size. I was often out of breath, and I literally couldn’t keep up with my kids. One day, my body just gave up. My feet swelled like as if I was retaining water and that was not a good sign.