t’s only natural for anyone in such a situation to wonder “Why can’t I lose weight? Why am I struggling to get fit?”
You may even want to give up but don’t!
I am here to provide you with help in figuring out why you are struggling with getting fit and will some realistic solutions.
First, it is important to highlight that being skinny doesn’t automatically make someone healthy or fit. In-fact, that’s far from the truth as a small frame doesn’t guarantee either. However, it is a known fact that there are more health risks associated with obesity. With this in mind, losing 10 to 20 pounds could improve your health condition and overall fitness.
For example, excess fat can cause inflammation and you risk causing damage to your joints and tissues. By losing and keeping weight off, you will lessen your chances of having illnesses such as arthritis, inflammation, and damaging your joints.
Now that we have discussed the importance of weight loss, let’s move on to the interesting part – ‘eight possible reasons why you aren’t getting fit’.
1. Are You Starting Your Day with Breakfast?
Here’s the deal about dieting. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you’re not eating the most important meal of the day, you are probably doing yourself a disservice.
You may think skipping breakfast will help you shed those pounds. However, by noontime, you will find yourself famished, causing you to eat more during lunch. Studies have shownskipping breakfast is correlated with obesity.
You want to have the first meal of the day within an hour of waking up. Eat something that’s fiber-rich and packed with protein to carry you until lunch. Grab a fruit, a vitamin-rich smoothie or a whole-wheat toast with eggs along with some Greek yogurt.
2. Does Your Metabolism Affect Your fitness?
How fast you burn calories will depend on your metabolism. If your metabolism is slow, then perhaps it is the reason you’re not losing the weight as quickly as you would like to.
There are many factors affecting your metabolism, for example ageing, or how active your lifestyle is. If you’re not as active as you once were, you may experience a decline in your muscle mass. As a result, your metabolism slows down.
If you want to speed up your metabolic rate, lift weights and stay away from low-calorie diets.
3. Can Genetics Affect Your Fitness?
Yes, it is possible you inherited the slow metabolism from your parents or even your grandparents. You can’t control this kind of inheritance.
Unfortunately, with a slower metabolism, you will have to work harder than those with a fast metabolism to lose weight.
4. Does Gender Reduce Your Chances of Losing Weight?
Sounds silly, right? It’s not! This is a great question and the answer is complicated.
According to a study, it seems it’s a lot easier for men to lose weight compared to women. On the other hand, when women lose weight, they keep it off longer than men. The big differences are where and how men and women lose weight.