“reasons for not losing weight despite diet and exercise -does diet coke stop you losing weight”

Aah. Good question. No one ever talks about this one. Honestly, I lost a lot of friends. I’m sure my mother-in-law thought I had an eating disorder at the time and I know some of my girlfriends were talking about me behind my back, saying that I was compulsively exercising and anorexic. Since they had never been able to sustain any type of healthy weight loss themselves, I had to be doing something illicit. When someone has amazing success in an area that you yourself have not, it can highlight your failures and make you feel bad about yourself. A lot of people – okay a lot of women (let’s be honest) – will revert to subversive measures, i.e. gossip and backstabbing, to make themselves feel better about themselves. It was hard, but I lost a lot of friends. Also, those people who were happy for me now found me to be a huge pain in the ass when it came to outings, like going out for dinner. I can’t just grab a burger anymore. There needs to be attention paid to what restaurants I frequent and that requires planning. A lot of people stopped calling and asking me out places because I was no longer convenient to be around.

Regular physical activity has so many proven benefits, such as to help control weight and blood pressure and decrease the risk for heart diseases and stroke. All healthy adults (ages 18 to 64) should get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., brisk walking) every week or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., jogging, running) every week.   Additionally, you need on 2 or more days a week muscle-strengthening activities.

Laughter is considered the best medicine as it calms the nerves and improves the immune system. But it can help burn calories as well. This is because a good giggle provides a natural cardiovascular workout from the inside, thus increasing your heart rate and blood circulation, as well as toning your abdominal muscles. A solid 10 to 15 minutes of laughter can burn around 50 calories which adds up to 4.4 pounds of weight lost in a year. That is no laughing matter!

Eric Urquhart/ShutterstockA quick fix to the portion problem is to simply use smaller dishes. Eating off of salad plates instead of dinner plates or using children’s bowls instead of large soup bowls can help you feel like you’re still getting a full plate’s worth of food but with less actual food on the plate, says Cornell’s Food Lab. And don’t forget to also leave the serving bowls in the kitchen to make mindless refills less convenient.

Just surfin’ and found this site. I wanted to post that I’ve been losing weight with no exercise since late January. Due to fibromyalgia, my pain levels skyrocket when I exercise and I end up in worse health than if I do nothing to begin with. Exercise is my nemesis! 😉 Since January, I’m down 11 pounds while still being able to eat the foods I like and prepare for my family. I use http://www.fitday.com to record my calorie intake (the key = be HONEST in recording your food intake…no matter how many mistakes you make!!!). Check it out…it’s awesome. You can do an online search to find calculators for learning your BMI, BMR, and the Harris-Benedict Equation. These calculators will tell you what you need to know. Losing weight with no exercise is a SLOW process…don’t get discouraged! It works though. This is the first time in my adult life that I’ve tried to lose weight and am succeeding. I’m 37 years old and now weigh 231 lbs. after losing 11 lbs.

I hate articles that try to explain how you can lose weight by using a certain special diet or exercise or technique, but when it boils down to it, it’s just their way of saying you’re more likely to eat less on this regime. It has almost ZERO to do with the technique and you could do it numerous ways if you had will power.

Eggs Benedict – Bet you never thought you’d have anything as swank as Eggs Benedict while on Paleo, but here it is in all its glory. Of course you’re not going to get a regular old English muffin, so instead these are resting on artichoke hearts. Leave it to our Paleo chefs to come up with unique and tasty ways to enjoy some of the finest foods there are.

Grass-fed Steak with Balsamic Marinade – Using grass-fed beef makes a world of difference, and so does this marinade. Once you marinate a steak you’ll likely never go back to not marinating it. It makes it so much more tender and juicy that a non-marinated steak just doesn’t cut it anymore. When combined with the butternut squash soup and the beets and kale mix you’re getting a balanced and complete Paleo meal.

Effective weight loss requires personal honesty. “Make sure any changes you will make are realistic for you and your lifestyle,” Maxine Yeung, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., NASM-CPT and founder of The Wellness Whisk, tells SELF. That means don’t plan on cooking a healthy meal every night if you hate spending time in front of the stove. Instead, you might commit to cooking two nights each week and ordering in from a restaurant with healthy options the rest of the time.

Don’t go hungry. Make sure not to skip meals, and always have some healthy low fat snacks on hand. When you starve yourself, you are more likely to overeat and make bad food choices. Try to eat healthy, regular meals.

If going to change the skim milk for another type of milk (if you must), like soya milk, almond milk and/or any other kind of milks, you need to make sure they are the same, calorie wise, fat content wise, protein wise.

“The key to losing weight on a Paleo Diet is to not over consume fat which is 9 calories for each gram consumed. Focus on vegetables, lean meats, fish, chicken,  and eggs. Keep nut and fruit consumption to a minimum when trying to reach your weight loss goal. The fastest way to lose weight is a Keto/Paleo template where your body burns fat as energy.  To follow this method, you have to keep sugar and carbohydrates to a minimum and focus on consuming healthy fats (in moderation) and increase protein & vegetable consumption.  Make broccoli your best friend and the weight will shed quickly.”

A calorie deficit is the only way to lose weight. When you burn more calories than you eat, your body is forced to look to non-food sources to make up the deficit of energy. This is the “magic” that causes weight loss. Eating less, exercising more or combining both creates a calorie deficit.

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