Why many diets do not work?

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Most people have already tormented themselves with a slimming diet. Only very few were successful. There are a number of reasons why obesity does not diminish despite dieting.

More than two-thirds of Germans already have a slimming diet. The dream figure achieved and also kept, succeeds the least. Four out of five people who lose weight fail to diet. Frequently, those affected are even a little farther after the slimming diet even thicker than at the beginning of the weight loss diet.

There are many causes. Most of them are well known – such as being overwhelmed by a food cravings and quickly “sinning”. However, the one-off misstep would not be really dramatic. Much worse is that then often break all the dams, according to the motto: “Now everything does not matter anyway”. All good intentions are thrown overboard and the diet postponed to a later date. But there are less known causes.

Here are the most important removal brakes at a glance:

Thyroid: If the thyroid gland produces too little thyroxine, the metabolism is too slow. Increasing is inevitable. The lack of thyroid hormones can be determined by a simple blood test at the doctor and compensate for medication.

Stress: Negative, prolonged stress raises cortisol levels. This not only increases the desire for sweets, but also favors the fact that fat begins in the abdominal area.

Tip: Identify the cause of this stress and try to fix it. If this is not possible, ensure relaxation, preferably regularly and under professional guidance.

Lack of sleep: If you sleep a lot, it’s easier to lose weight. Whoever sleeps a little, sticks to his pounds. This has been proven by several studies. The cause is still unknown. However, if you want to lose weight or want to keep your weight should pay attention to sleep.

Medicines: Some medicines can make losing weight difficult. These are mainly certain psychotropic drugs, beta-blockers and diabetes medications. Talk to your doctor if you are taking any of these medications and you are losing weight. Perhaps the drug can be replaced by another that does not prevent weight loss.

Hormones: Many women gain weight just before the onset of menstruation. These are not fat but water. With the onset of the rule, the edema disappears again. Hormones as a cause of stagnating weight or even weight gain also play a role in menopausal women. If the estrogen level drops, the risk of belly fat increases.

Age: As you get older, your metabolism slows down and the total amount of calories that someone can use without bacon drops decreases. Losing weight becomes more difficult then. Those affected know this: at a young age it was often enough to skip dinner a few times – and already the Rocksaum did not pinch. From 50, these weight loss measures are no longer enough. At the latest then the diet should be adjusted – a nutritionist can help – and schedule more exercise in the daily routine supports weight maintenance, because it increases the power sales and therefore the body can recycle more calories, without equal fat deposits.

Frustessen: For many, eating is an outlet to reduce frustration. A few gummy bears or chocolate are then pats for the soul. No problem if you resort to these Seeltröstern during the diet. However, avoid doing this every night. If you want to reduce your frustration, be sure to go for a jog or other sport that you like.

Snacks: Many diets suggest snacks. That’s right, if the allowed total calorie amount per day is not exceeded. But many also take snacks, such as fruit. However, fruits contain fructose. It causes the insulin level to rise rapidly and then to drop as quickly.

The result: food cravings. If you can not get by without a snack, it’s better to grab raw carrots, kohlrabi, cucumbers or tomatoes. Vegetables fill the stomach as well as fruit, but deliver virtually no fructose.

Too strict prohibitions: Rigid rules and constant caste-tempting lead to a termination of the diet. The fatale of a strict diet: Often we often refuse our favorite food. The craving for it increases massively and gets bigger, until we succumb to the temptation. But that’s no reason to stop the diet. A small slip-up does not mean that the diet has failed. Therefore, choose a diet without strict prohibitions, but with reasonable, moderate calorie reduction. Then it’s easier to stick to the diet.

Finished products: They allow a hot meal in minutes, so they always seem to be ideal when things need to be done quickly. However, you should not overlook the fact that most ready meals provide a lot of fat and salt – much more than if you quickly prepare a vegetable stock with an insert.

Protein deficiency: Many diets suggest protein reduction, because many foods with a high protein content are also rich in fat: meat and cheese. However, if the organism gets too little protein, it breaks down muscles and weight loss slows down. Because muscles burn even in peace a lot of energy. Therefore, choose protein-rich foods that are low in calories, such as lean (non-skinned) poultry or low-fat dairy products. So protein is even ideal for losing weight, because it saturates excellently.

Fast food: hamburgers, fries, fish and vegetable burgers often have the disadvantage that they are baked in fat and are even breaded. This turns them into real calorie bombs. Anyone who thinks that replacing lunch with their diet quickly through a burger is wrong. Better is definitely a wholemeal roll with vegetables and a slice of turkey breast.

Lack of exercise: Without exercise, losing weight does not work properly. If diet alone is not enough, then jogging, swimming, cycling or at least a daily brisk walk can still lose the kilos. It is important that the movement is fun – or really relaxed after a stressful working day.

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