Why is losing weight so difficult?

Every day there are people who resolve to lose weight. Sometimes they succeed, but often they don’t and if they do succeed, the kilos often come back mercilessly over time. Why is it so difficult to lose weight? And, is it really just a lack of willpower or is there more to it?

Losing weight is more than just eating less.

Losing weight is as much a mental as physical process and if you really want to lose weight seriously, you will first have to ask yourself what your weaknesses are when it comes to food. For example:

  • Why are you eating? Is it because you’re hungry or just because it’s ‘dinner time’?
  • Do you like to be alone while eating or perhaps with others for the pleasure of cooking and socializing?
  • What time of day is your ‘weak’ point when it comes to food? Or does it have to do with a certain emotion that causes you to eat?
  • And…what do you eat?

These questions are important to find out why you eat. Do you eat because you are hungry or do you eat to feel good, protected or to forget your worries for a while? The Weight Watchers know how to put this into words with the question: Are you hungry in your head, your heart or in your stomach?

Why losing weight is often not possible

What is the reason why many people are unable to lose that hated excess fat? There are a number of reasons for this. Our body is so beautiful but so complex that you first need to know how it works, because it can be very easy to forget something that is very important and actually prevents you from losing weight. Based on a number of tips from nutrition coach Jesse van der Velden, here are a number of points that are important when losing weight and that you should take into account.
Furthermore, losing weight is not just about counting calories. It does have everything to do with hormones. When we ensure a good hormone balance, we will automatically get the healthy and slim body that belongs to us. In fact, it’s all about the following points:

  • Pay attention to what food you eat.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Ensure sufficient movement in the form of exercises.

If you focus on these three points, you can ensure that your hormone balance is restored to balance. There are also a number of points that can help you lose weight:

When you see food that says it is healthy, it often isn’t.

Everything that comes out of the factory has been processed. Nutrients have often disappeared and E numbers and additives have probably been added in their place. Real good food from nature does not have a label stating that it is healthy.
Nowadays we eat almost exclusively processed food. The shelves are full of them. Thousands of products stare at you when you enter the supermarket and they are all processed . It no longer resembles the food that people ate during the very earliest times. So our diet has changed. But, not our body! Our body has remained the same and still works in the same way as it did back then, so the food we feed ourselves is in fact not suitable for our body at all. The current diet causes conflicts in our bodies that cause us to develop diseases but also prevent us from losing weight.

If it says ‘light’ on the packaging, you will probably gain weight.

Light products that say 0% fat are probably full of sugars and vice versa. Light products ensure extra insulin production. Also read the article about light products.

The longer the fat has been on it, the stricter the diet must be to get rid of it.

You have to take that into account. If you have temporarily gained a few kilos, for example through pregnancy, the excess fat will be lost much faster and easier than if you have been carrying that fat for ten years or more. That doesn’t matter at all, but you have to keep in mind that you will stick to your new diet more strictly and not think when you see something tasty: Oh well, just this once, because that won’t work.

Calories are not the problem, but carbohydrates are.

It is much more important to take into account what you eat than how much of a particular food you eat. It is about how the food is further processed in the body, absorbed and stored in the body. 1000 calories of protein are processed differently by the body than 1000 calories of carbohydrates, so that is important to take into account. You won’t gain weight from the former and even more from carbohydrates.

Drink green smoothies.

The most important thing about healthy eating and also when losing weight is that you buy/eat products that come directly from nature. This means that you will leave all those products that have been processed behind. The processed products are full of odor, color and flavorings and these contribute absolutely nothing to your health. Worse still, they detract from it.
There is also a difference between eating cooked vegetables and/or raw vegetables. Vitamins and minerals are always lost during cooking and if you are really conscious about eating the healthiest possible diet, it is very important to also eat raw vegetables so that you get the maximum amount of good and natural substances.
The best way to do this is a green smoothie. These smoothies are, as the name suggests, a mix of fresh vegetables with some fruit. Adding fruit simultaneously provides a natural sweetness, which makes the smoothie tasty and also makes you feel full more quickly. This is also because fresh vegetables and fruit contain a lot of fiber. We often don’t get enough fiber, even though fiber is very important. Especially if you want to lose weight, because fiber makes you feel full faster and is important for good bowel movements. Would you like to give it a try? Then read the article: ‘Green smoothies for more energy’.

To lose weight, getting your hormone balance in order is the most important thing.

Insulin hormone, cortisol hormone, estrogens, thyroid hormone:
When one of the four hormones is out of balance, your hormone balance changes, causing you to store fat again. That is why it is first of all important that you balance your hormones.
Take your time.
Find the right way of life that suits you at a normal pace. Losing weight, truly sustainable weight loss , does not happen overnight. It takes time. You didn’t gain excess fat in two weeks, did you? So keep in mind that it will take some time to get it off again. The important thing is that the line now goes down instead of up.


Why do you want to lose weight? Think about that. When will you reach the point where you have enough reasons to really want to lose weight consistently, because then you will succeed better. And what is also important, what will it cost you if you realize that in a year or a few years you will still be the same as you are now? Maybe that’s where you can get the motivation.

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