Failing to lose weight can make you angry because you spend the whole week eating healthily, avoiding any calorific snacks which you can’t seem to get enough of, and reducing your portion sizes only for it to make no difference whatsoever when you step on the scales. You have been depriving yourself of the foods you love and making a real effort to go to the gym every day for nothing and this can make you angry because you start to think that you may as well have just carried on eating rubbish and avoiding exercise completely.
However, if you intend to lose weight in a sensible way you may find it takes a little bit of time to get it right. You probably have no idea what your calorie requirements are, having become used to consuming way more calories than you need and so you have to be prepared to reduce your calorie intake enough for there to be a difference. You need to burn 3,500 more calories than you consume to lose a pound, which equates to a 500 calorie deficit every day.
It is very easy to underestimate just how many calories you consume if you don’t check the calorie content on the back of food packaging or measure out the quantities you’re eating, especially if you have a distorted idea of how much food your body needs. Clearly, if you’re overweight you’ve been eating more than was required which is why you have to reverse this situation by reducing your portion sizes and making healthier food choices.
It can be a challenge to determine what your actual calorie requirements are, but there are plenty of online calculators which can give you some indication of the number of calories you need, based on your height, frame and activity levels. The heavier you are and the more activity you do, the more calories you will burn and thus the more you can consume while continuing to lose weight.
If you eat healthily and exercise regularly you should be able to notice a difference when you step on the scales, once you have worked out your calorie needs. It might take a little bit longer for you to reach your weight-loss aims by taking this approach, but at least you don’t have to starve yourself as you would if you went on a crash diet. You may well get angry on those occasions when you fail to lose weight, but at least you know that it is within your power to alter the situation and that you will reach your goal in the end.