When it comes to losing weight not only do you have to make changes to your diet and start to exercise more; you also have to have the commitment to stick with this new routine. It is surprising how easy it is to put on weight – you only need to consume 3,500 extra calories to put on a pound, and so if you regularly consume only a few more calories than you need each week this could soon add up to this amount. Losing weight, on the other hand, is more of a challenge and never seems to happen as quickly as you would like it to.
Obviously, if you’re the kind of person who prefers to remain oblivious to how much of a problem your weight is, then of course you are likely to avoid the scales, as otherwise you have to face up to the fact that you’re heavier than you’d like to be. However, if you don’t monitor your weight on a regular basis you won’t know whether any lifestyle changes you make are having an impact on your weight. You might not realise that by simply cutting out your morning walk you are actually burning fewer calories and because you have not adjusted your calorie intake accordingly you are gaining weight.
Consequently, if you don’t keep an eye on your weight, when you do finally step on the scales it can come as quite a shock to see that you’re as heavy as you are, and when you have quite a substantial amount of weight to lose it can be hard to motivate yourself, since your goal seems so far away. It usually takes a period of time to gain a lot of weight, and thus it will also take time to lose weight, and it is certainly harder to lose weight than gain it in the first place.
When you’re trying to lose weight you have to cut back, which means consuming fewer calories by reducing portion sizes and making healthier choices. This can be hard if you’re used to eating whatever and whenever you want. In order to lose a pound of fat you have to build up a deficit of 3,500 calories, and so you have to combine a healthy diet with more exercise.
Since it is recommended that you only lose between a pound and two pounds a week you need to find the willpower and determination to stay on track for long enough to lose however much weight you need to, instead of expecting the pounds to fall off you within weeks, as if you approach weight loss sensibly it just isn’t going to happen in most cases.