And No, We’re Not Just Talking About Diet And Exercise!
What factors determine how fast (or slow) your weight loss is? It takes several factors for a successful wright loss according to amylistens.org/
- Here are nine things that are significant influencers in your quest to shed off those extra pounds. Take note; this list doesn’t include diet and exercise!
Your body mass tops the list of leading weight loss influencers.It’s because a person’s weight is the number one causal factor when it comes to calculating how fast the body burns calories every day. According to experts, the larger you are, the higher your metabolic rate is.
Fitness experts say that the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight. Additionally, you might lose those extra pounds, but they come off slowly. Two things come into play in aging – hormonal changes (menopause for women and lower testosterone levels for men) and sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass brought about by your body’s aging process.
- Weight Loss History
Have you lost weight in the past? It could be the reason why you’re slow in losing weight now. Experts say that when you lose weight, your metabolic rate also drops.
Example, two women weigh 180 pounds but are still looking to lose more weight. However, one of them used to weigh 250 pounds. In this case, the woman who dropped from 250 to 180 will find losing weight more difficult by 25 to 30% compared to the other one.
- Length of Your Weight Loss Journey
Experts agree that for most people, losing weight at the beginning of their weight loss journeys is easier. This occurrence is mostly due to these three factors:
– Firstly, the pounds you dropped at the beginning of whatever regimen you’re following aren’t fat losses but water weight. Example, the body stores carbs in your liver and muscles along with water molecules. When you lessen your carb intake as part of your weight loss regimen, your body starts using those carb reserves. Thus, your body also says goodbye to those water molecules stored alongside with them. This decrease in your body’s water levels reflects on the scales as weight loss.
– Secondly, the amount of changes people do at the start of their weight loss journeys impact their weight rather drastically as the body is still getting used to them.
– Lastly, when people see that their weight loss regimens are making slower progress compared to when they just started, it often results in a drop of their resolve to pursue their weight loss plans. Their watered-down efforts make losing weight even more difficult.
If you’re already a health buff before you decide to lose weight, your weight loss journey will most likely be slower as your lifestyle needs only a little makeover. However, if you’re starting from scratch, the many changes your lifestyle is going to go through will also leave a more significant impact on your body and your weight.
Even the types of foods our bodies want in a given moment can be heard if we learn to listen. — Mandy Beth Rubin, LPC
“About 20 main genes and 200 minor ones affect a person’s fat storage and ability to maintain weight,” says one medical doctor. It’s the reason why some people don’t get fat even with the insanely huge amount of food they gobble up.
- Exercise Regimen/Choice of Workout
Aerobics might be an excellent regimen for those wanting to lose weight and build up their cardiovascular health, but experts advise that one who does aerobics must also do some muscle-building workouts to build up the muscles he has now. Loss of muscle mass slows down metabolic rate which can affect how fast you lose weight in the long run.
In general, research suggests we tend to get heavier and move less in the winter, then lose some weight and move more in the summer. A little bit like bears. — Susan Carnell Ph.D.
- Hormonal Health
Some people have hormonal imbalances that significantly affect their weight loss goals. An abnormal thyroid or an irregular cortisol production, for one, brings about weight gain and retention. Talk to your doctor if you are religiously going through your plans but is gaining weight instead of shedding them off.
- Sleeping Habits
“People who get less than seven hours’ sleep at night tend to have slower metabolic rates,” says one medical professional.
Additionally, sleep quantity isn’t the only determinant you should think about when it comes to sleep affecting your weight loss. Poor sleep quality also affects how fast your body burns the calories and increases cravings for high-carb foods. These, in turn, slow down weight loss.
As we grow up, we begin to trust others more than ourselves and our body image can take a serious hit. We start to diet because we think that is how we become a good, successful, attractive person. — Anne Cuthbert, MA, LPC
So if you’re looking to lose weight but seem to be making little to no progress compared to others, check out if one, two or more of these factors are influencing your journey.