Weight Loss FAQ

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Can machines like treadmills accurately read my calorie burn?

Treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationery bikes can count your calories. However there is a 10-15 % margin of error. The reason for this margin of error is due to the fact that the machines don’t take into account your body fat percentage, height, gender, age, resting heart rate, or whether you’re holding onto the handles, which reduces workload. So don’t count on them too much but you can still use them as an indicator.

Will I stay fat – no matter what I do – if I have the wrong genes?

The answer is no. You may have a slower metabolism than usual or put on weight easier than your friends but it does not mean you cannot lose weight and keep it off. Human beings have different body types but there is no such thing as an unhealthy body type. The only thing standing between you and your ideal weight is you.

I’ve been gaining weight despite exercising and eating healthy. Why is that?

You shouldn’t get frustrated when you step on the scale after weeks of exercising and notice that you have gained weight instead of losing weight. You’ve probably gained muscle mass and lost body fat. A better way to track progress is to measure your waist, hip, and thighs on a weekly basis to see how much inches you’ve lost.

Will I gain weight if I eat before going to bed?

Many people have asked this question more than once because of conflicting statements by experts. To be completely honest it all depends on what you eat before going to bed. Your success in losing weight depends on how you manage your calorie intake. Weight loss ultimately boils down to calories consumed versus calories burned. So if you eat a light healthy snack you will be ok. However the majority of people who raid the fridge before going to bed eat unhealthy food in large quantities and end up exceeding the recommended daily calorie intake required for them to lose weight.

Will I lose weight if I eat breakfast every day?

Eating breakfast is the best way to kick-start your metabolism. Skipping breakfast is actually harmful to you because it makes your body think that it’s going to be starved. This in turn puts the body into conserve mode and slows down your metabolism. Skipping breakfast also causes you to feel hungrier during the rest of the day and you end up eating more.

Should I try taking diet pills?

People who take diet pills are in reality looking for the “magic pill solution” which we all know doesn’t exist. Losing weight is about changing your lifestyle and about dedication.  Some diet pills may help you in the short term but the unpleasant side effects and dangers to your health far outweigh any little benefits the diet pills may have.

It is safer and better for you to eat high-fiber food such as oatmeal and whole grain which can act as appetite suppressants. A high-fiber high-protein diet will definitely make your stomach feel full longer.

How many meals a day should I eat to lose weight?

Some experts say five or six small meals a day will keep your metabolism burning continuously. It is however vital that you do not skip any of the six meals in order for it to work.

Others say having three meals a day without snacking is better as it encourages the body to burn more stored fat. I would once again like to emphasize that it all boils down to your net calorie intake.

If you have a busy schedule it might be difficult to have six meals a day without skipping any. See what works for you best and remember to enjoy your meals.

Has your question not been answered?

Feel free to leave your question in the comment section below.

7 thoughts on “Weight Loss FAQ

  1. Thanks for sharing your lovely blog with us . Weight loss is very important , From last 1 year I am also suffering from weight gain problem . I also include your healthy tips in my diet plan. Keep posting these types of blogs with us.

  2. Hey,
    I was on the hunt for weight loss materials today and found this on your website.
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  3. As a person who has struggled with her weight for over 50 years…. UGH I hate talking weight. When I had Leukemia, I dropped a ton of weight due to the chemo and the fact that I was exhausted. Not a healthy way to loose weight. I gained a ton back and went up over 180. (Not good if you’re 5-4.) I went through a major depression and the only reason I left the house was to go to the gym at 4 am everyday to do an hour cardio and an hour weight lifting. I also met with a nutritionist. I went down to 135 and size 6, the smallest I had ever been even when I had the cancer. Then I met my hubby and got pg. I didn’t care so much about the weight then. My body retaliated. Not only did I gain a bunch while being pregnant, but I could not lose it afterward. My body stored fat, probably remembering the heavy duty work outs that stopped when I fell pregnant. You’re starving. Eat something! After the stillbirth of my second daughter, I weighed more than I did when pregnant either time. I have now hit an all time high of 310, mind you I have shrunk about a half inch too so UGH UGH UGH!
    Being over 50, female, having ridden the weight rollercoaster, I see no way out. My back hurts from the excessive weight. I am borderline diabetic. My feet and knees complain on a regular basis from having to carry so much around all the time. I have high blood pressure. The list goes on….
    I know how to workout, I know how to eat, and yet my depression (which I will also carry the rest of my life) seems to rule my eating. I eat when I’m sad, happy, angry, pretty much every emotion is soothed by food.
    I feel like a fat girl in a fat body. Even at size 6, I felt fat. My pediatrician told my mother I was too thin when I was a kid. Boy if he could see me now!
    I even did the whole binge and barf thing in college. (damn I need therapy!) I remember one girl who came into my room asking to use the scale. In exasperation, she said she’d gained weight. When I asked what she weighed, she said, 90 pounds! Yep, 2 digits 9 and 0, She was rail-thin and so fat-less that her body developed extra hair to keep her warm. I never wanted to be like that, but I did want to be “normal” which even at 150, I didn’t feel “normal”
    I’m rambling. Sorry.
    Thanks for the post.

    • Sorry to hear about your roller coaster ride with weight and cancer and especially about the still birth. What you forgot to mention is how strong you are. You went through all that and you are still here to tell your tale with pride. I know when someone is sobbing a sad story and when someone is explaining with pride how they overcame the trials and tribulations in their lives. You are the latter. I must thank you for your inspirational comment. So keep fighting!

    • Yes it is. It will have to be a lifestyle change though or it will seem to take too long and you’ll feel the results are too slow. Some tips:
      Drink a glass of water or a cup of herbal tea before each meal.
      Count your calories and make sure you are below the required intake standard. Within a healthy, balanced diet, a man needs around 10,500kJ (2,500Kcal) a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 8,400kJ (2,000Kcal) a day.

      Eat Certain fruits (including raspberries, pears and apples)
      Vegetables (including peas, artichokes and broccoli)
      Nuts and legumes (such as beans, almonds and lentils)
      Grains (like whole-wheat spaghetti, bran flakes and barley)

      these take longer to digest so you’ll feel full longer.

      Don’t skip breakfast, eat small portions, don’t eat in front of your TV or computer.

      I hope this helps!

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