Reasonable Doubt: Why losing weight is more than just diet and exercise

Everyone has experienced that moment, on your weight loss journey, when you look down at the number on the scale and realize that it isn’t what you expected.

That same feeling permeates through your body when you try on clothes that you’d hope to fit in to by now, and they’re still a struggle to wear comfortably.

And with that, among other examples, this one question comes up routinely.

What are you doing wrong? Why can’t you lose weight?

The idea that you’re eating right, exercising regularly and seemingly doing all the things you need to do in order to lose weight aren’t working is a hard one to digest. The frustration abounds as you continue to cut calories, burn them too, and rededicate yourself to wanting to feel better, lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

The problem is most put that burden on two specific parts of “being healthy,” and that’s dieting and exercising.

And while those two rightfully belong on the top of your list as culprits for a lack of progress, you can’t overlook other elements of weight loss that go beyond the obvious.

For instance, how much sleep do you get per night?
You should be attempting to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night, with eight being the best result.

Sleeping too little will affect your metabolism and ability to lose weight. Varied sleep studies have showed a decrease of 50 percent or more in the amount of weight you can lose if you cut sleep from the seven or eight-hour plateau to around five to six hours per night.

Another missteps as far as weight loss goes is the assumption that exercise and eating are a tradeoff. As stated, exercise and dieting are the main changes you’ll need to make to lose weight, but that doesn’t mean the average exerciser doesn’t find ways to placate their thought process between those two schools of thought.

Just because you burned calories in abundance at the gym doesn’t mean you have the excuse to indulge on pizza, foods high in fat or sodium. Plenty would be weight loss plans are viewed as “well, at least I’m doing exercising” so the diet piece falls by the wayside.

They have to work in harmony, in conduction with one another more so than at odds.

Much the same way sleep works against you if you’re not managing it well, so too can stress. Studies have shown you can gain as much as 10 pounds per year just by being stressed out at work, at home, with the kids, schooling or whatever might stay on your mind, day in and day out.

Battling stress often is done through exercise, but also needs to be a conscious effort by the exerciser to leave learn how to balance stress better if they expect to drop weight.

Feeling healthy isn’t about just the number on the scale or how your clothes fit, but how you feel, too. Getting to that point through hard work can’t be just about dieting and exercising but a full scale set of changes to get yourself to a place, physically you can’t be happy about.