We’ve already seen extreme weight loss all over the media. From fat farms to The Biggest Loser to Boot Camp Fitness Retreats, we’ve seen all the success stories—and we’ve also seen most of these people gain all the weight back (and often gain back even more.) If diet and exercise were the only two factors involved in weight loss, these “fitness camps” for adults would be complete. But they’re not.
At Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts, we know that permanent weight loss goes beyond mere discipline and a health routine. There may be many underlying factors that are preventing you from achieving your best body yet, and we’re here to help you get to the bottom of it.
Here are five potential obstacles that shed light on another side of the weight loss story:
1. You’re dehydrated.
Experts estimate that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and may not even know it, according to CBS. Not only will chronic dehydration affect energy levels, but it is also associated with mood disorders, chronic fatigue, and disease.
If you want to become a better fat-burner, drink water! From a weight loss standpoint, water allows the stomach to be hydrated, so it can better produce hydrochloric acid (HCL), which is needed to digest a big meal. If the stomach is dry or dehydrated, it won’t produce enough HCL for digestion because that important acid would end up burning the stomach lining. This means the food can’t be digested properly, which causes bloat and weight gain.
The Institute of Medicine recommends 10 cups of water per day, but you’ll have to drink even more if you also consume dehydrating beverages, like coffee or soda. But if you are chronically dehydrated, it’s better to let these beverages go. (We know you can do it!)
2. You’re trying too hard.
Relax! Holding yourself in a state of stress is exhausting. If you become too rigid or extreme in your weight loss goals or regimen, this often induces a state of stress that can actually reverse your progress. The more energy you spend in stress, the less energy, will power, and discipline you’ll have by the time evening rolls around, which is when most of us need self-control most (late night binges, anyone?)
As for your fitness, if you’ve tried run-of-the-mill “boot camp fitness classes” or “weight loss camps” these programs can be so stressful that the body learns to hate exercise, which makes it impossible to keep up in the long run. That’s why we at Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts create a fun and varied workout schedule in a friendly, supportive, and super-safe environment.
3. You’re sleep deprived.
Yawn! The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nearly one-third of American adults are not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep, and 40.6 million American adults are sleeping six or fewer hours per night.
Prioritizing sleep can be one of the best things you do for weight loss. Getting more Zzz’s will help you to regulate your hormones, repair and rejuvenate the body at a cellular level, and give the internal organs a chance to rest, recover, and cleanse themselves from a long day at work.
To create a sleep schedule, start by waking up and going to sleep at regular times every day. To improve your overall sleep quality, join us at Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts to learn and practice the most effective ways to guide you to a deep and peaceful sleep, and even how to reset your body while you are still awake. (Yes, it’s possible!)
4. You’re stressed.
When your body is in a chronic state of stress (even if it’s mild stress from e-mails, interactions with others, watching a horror movie), the body enters “fight or flight” mode, which essentially stops you from digesting food, detoxification of the body, or proper elimination. Instead, the body goes into a protective mode, which increases the likelihood of fat storage. If you are stressed while eating a large meal (even if it’s healthy) the body will not have the energy supply to properly digest it all, and it could end up being stored as fat or showing up as bloat.
Throughout your day, practice deep breathing, smiling, and tremendous patience with the challenges around you. See them as opportunities to make yourself better, not another wrecking ball to knock you down.
5. Your breath is shallow.
Breathing is our body’s primary function in keeping us alive, yet no one ever taught us how to breathe properly! The breath is our most accessible, readily available, and least expensive tool for proper health—and fat burning. An adequate supply of oxygen is crucial for the body’s optimal functioning, but most of us breathe so shallowly that we only use the upper portion of the lungs (chest breathing).
To involve the lower lobes of the lunges and nourish the body with a fresh oxygen supply, put your hand on your belly and practice taking a long deep inhale so the belly expands like a balloon. Then slowly exhale all of the air as slowly as you can, as the belly button moves in toward the spine. The more you practice this, the more you will be able to calm your body and brain, and become a better fat burner.
Ready to Lose Weight?
So you think you’re ready drop the extra baggage once and for all? Join us this summer at Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts for a complete, balanced weight loss program. No gimmicks, no extreme fads, and we won’t make you cry on TV like The Biggest Loser. Learn to love exercise, thrive on a delicious and healthy diet, and feel good about your brand new body. We’re ready when you are!
By: Katie Papo