A Multi-factor Approach on How to Lose Weight for Women

July 30, 2012

Dieting, Weight Loss

Weight Loss Regime

Weight Loss Regime

For people who are really overweight, losing weight is just not one of their strengths. For skinny people, losing weight seems to be as easy as not sleeping at night, but for those who were gifted (or cursed) to store fats faster in their bodies, losing weight would mean not sleeping for years.

Most weight loss plans recommend losing weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, but this is just the tip of the iceberg for most people. In particular, women tend to have more problems losing weight because of a lot of factors that contribute to fat build-up. In addition, women are more “fatty” in their bodies because of the interplay of hormones and metabolism.

In line with this, losing weight is not just as easy as dieting and exercising because women who find it hard to lose weight may have other factors that keep them overweight and make things more complicated. To lose weight more effectively, the following are the multi-factor approaches in losing weight:

Sleep better

According to one study, those who don’t have enough sleep gain more weight faster than those who sleep at least 7 hours a day. Lack of sleep increases your stress levels and makes you build-up fat cells faster. Those who don’t sleep well may turn to food as their comfort zone or stress reliever making them gain weigh even faster. Also, those who don’t go to sleep early at night tend to end up eating midnight snacks that just add to the calories already consumed during the day.

Not sleeping adequately reduces the amount of growth hormones that your brain produces; thereby limiting muscle growth and enhancing the storage of food as fat. To help you lose weight, try to go to sleep between 9 pm and 10 pm and ensure 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Fight Stress

Those who gain weight faster may also be suffering from stress. Despite the advantages of stress such as helping us adapt better to every day challenges, stress can also affect our psychological and emotional health. Stress needs to be reduced to a minimum, if not completely eradicated. Some women gain weight when under stress because they turn to food for comfort. Over eating as a result of stress usually increases the serotonin levels in the brain, providing a calming effect. Also, body processes change during stress such as the slowing down of the metabolism, storing calories as fat and an increase in the growth of fat cells. To reduce stress, you should employ stress-reduction activities regularly.

Manage your diseases

Other people who don’t lose weight, despite interventions, may be suffering from more serious medical conditions that make them fat. One possible condition is hypothyroidism, which allows the body to assume an abnormally slow metabolism because of the lack or absence of thyroid hormones. Another condition is Cushing’s syndrome, which is a rare condition involving an increase in cortisol levels causing abnormal water retention and fat build-up. Be sure to consult your endocrinologist if you think that you may be suffering from any of these conditions.

Face menopause more effectively

Middle aged women may gain some weight during menopause. Menopause causes a series of events that can lead to weight gain such as hormonal changes, slowing of metabolism, poor sleep and even depression. Consuming a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D usually reduces the weight gain effects of menopause.

These factors may be causing some women to have more difficulty losing weight. It should be taken into consideration that if you want to lose weight, you must resolve all of the physical as well as mental and emotional issues in order for you to lose weight holistically and more effectively.

About the author

Dr. Amarendra, the guest author writes weightlossdiets4women.com and occasionally for health-club.org. He is interested in promoting weight loss diet programs and coupons like TRX vouchers and Diettogo coupon code.

A Multi-factor Approach on How to Lose Weight for Women


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