Why Is It Such a Struggle to Lose Weight?


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In a world where people are obsessed with being skinny, yet strangely seem to trend towards packing on the pounds, weight loss is a hot topic. Obesity levels are skyrocketing among children and adults alike, and everyone wants to find the super diet that will help them trim down to a super model figure. However, what everyone has found out is that weight loss is hard-not something you can achieve with the snap of your fingers.

Gaining weight is easy-it doesn’t take much effort to over indulge your eating or remain sedentary. But before you get judgmental and assume everyone who doesn’t look like Heidi Klum is a lazy slob, remember that genetics play a major role in body shape and size, and everyone’s genetic code is different. The main reason why losing weight is difficult is biological, so let’s take a closer look at some of the biological factors behind weight gain and loss:

Age: As you age your metabolism decreases. This means that your body is not able to process the caloric intake at the rate that it used to; how often do you hear people talk about how they can’t what they want like they used to? Aging also leads to a decrease in physical activity, so people gain weight easier and have a harder time shedding it.

Genes: Your genetic code determines your body’s size, shape and weight. If you have a larger bone structure and a naturally muscular frame, no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to achieve the same rail-thin look as a runway model. Each body is built differently, and many body types carry weight easier and lose is slower.

You genetics play a fundamental role in determining your physical body’s weight and shape, and aging slows down your body’s built-in weight control mechanism. It is a fact of nature that there is no magic method for losing weight, no lightning fast way to shed kilos. A healthy, balanced diet and exercise are the only way to maintain a healthy weight for your body. And that is the keyword: healthy. As mentioned above, your body type is the body type that you are stuck with and you can’t turn it into something it is not. Weight loss should not be about achieving some perfect physical ideal, but about keeping your body healthy. Being healthy does not mean you have to be skin and bones skinny and it does not mean that you have the figure of an Olympic athlete. Maintaining a healthy weight means that your body is functioning the way it should and that you feel good about yourself.

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How Important Is Healthy Eating During Your Pregnancy?


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If there is one time in your life during which it is crucial to have a healthy diet it is during pregnancy. Fetal development depends on not only the health of the mother, but also what she is putting into her body. Toxins and preservatives hinder the fetuses ability to develop healthily during pregnancy, and they contribute to birth defects and other medical problems. If you are pregnant, then it is crucial that you take your diet very seriously. The quality of life of your baby depends on it. Let’s take a look at some healthy eating habits moms can develop during their pregnancies:

· What to eat: When you are pregnant, your body uses nutrients to nourish you and your growing baby. Increasing your intake of iron, folic acid, protein and calories will help your baby grow and develop with a lower risk of birth defects and complications. Fruits, veggies, grains, and protein from nuts and poultry should be the staples of your pregnancy diet.

· What not to eat: Just as it is important to know what to eat during your pregnancy, it is equally as important to know what not to eat. Many foods are good to avoid because they have no nutritional value, but some foods are actually dangerous to the newly forming baby. Avoid raw eggs, raw and undercooked meats, fish that contain mercury, and unpasteurized milk.

· Vitamin supplements: When you are pregnant, it is a good idea to use prenatal vitamins as a means of complementing your diet. There are many pregnancy supplements on the market, mostly high in folic acid, that you can take to strengthen your baby’s developing body, and they are worth checking out.

· Don’t diet: Dieting is not a good idea when you are pregnant. Diets often take you away from healthy, balanced eating, and will negatively impact the development of your baby. If you are worried about your weight, just know that baby weight comes off with proper eating and exercise after pregnancy and keep in mind that the foods you should be eating while you are pregnant should not contribute to excessive weight gain in the first place.

Eating right during your pregnancy will keep you healthy and give your developing baby the best chance for a healthy future. Don’t spend your time worrying about your figure and don’t spend your time over-indulging on junk food-both will have adverse effects on fetal development. Pregnancy is a good time for you to re-evaluate your own eating habits and gives you a chance to develop healthy eating habits that you can carry into the future, long after you have delivered your bundle of joy.

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