Weight Loss Question and Answers
Here are some common weight loss question and answers that you may find interesting. Also, some of them may be questions that you have had yourself and didn't know the answers to. If you have a question, please add it in the section at the bottom of the page.
Weight Loss Question 1: I have a very social lifestyle. Whenever I catch up with family and friends we tend to eat and drink. How can I possibly lose weight?
This is a great weight loss question. It is still possible to lose weight whilst enjoying life at the same time. All it requires you to do is balance your lifestyle. If you are aware of a social function coming up, then perhaps perform some extra exercise in the days leading up to it. If the social engagement simply 'pops up' then you may want to perform some exercise after the event instead.
Here are some other strategies to consider that can assist your weight-loss efforts despite a hectic social schedule:
Weight Loss Question 2: All of my family is overweight. Am I destined to be overweight too?
Having overweight relatives doesn't necessarily mean you'll be overweight too. Whilst genetics does suggest a tendency to put on weight, it certainly does NOT guarantee that you will. Your chosen lifestyle has a far greater impact. It is just like having a loaded gun. Whilst it does have the potential to cause harm, if you don't pull the trigger it won't hurt anyone.
If you choose to follow a healthy lifestyle then it is almost impossible for you to put on weight no matter what your genetic tendencies are.
Weight Loss Question 3: I don't like exercise at all. Do I have to do it if I want to lose weight?
This is a very common weight loss question.
Performing regular exercise is not essential if you want to lose weight but it can certainly help you achieve your goal faster. The first question you need to ask yourself is: Why do you dislike exercise? Exercise is supposed to be fun! The human body is designed for activity and it doesn't function as well as it should when it goes without it.
Many people report that they don't like exercise because they have had a bad experience in the past. Perhaps they were embarrassed at school or were pushed too hard to train for a sport as a child. Maybe they did a workout with a personal trainer and woke up the next day in intense pain or watched people on TV getting blasted by a personal trainer (even though that type of training is only good for TV ratings!). Whatever their reason, they made a decision that exercise isn't for them.
The fact is, once you find the type of exercise you enjoy and make it a part of your lifestyle, you'll wonder why you didn't do it earlier. An important point is that you always work within your capabilities and don't push yourself too hard otherwise you will end up disliking it. Also, try a variety of exercises to see which ones you prefer. Remember, the exercise doesn't have to be performed in a gym. You may like to learn salsa dancing or go snorkeling in the ocean. It is up to you. If you can take up an active hobby your results will come much faster.
Weight Loss Question 4: There are a lot of weight-loss systems on the market. How do I know if they really work?
Here is a list of weight loss questions you should ask to see if the weight-loss program/ system is effective:
Can you see yourself following this program/ system long term?
Another good weight loss question you need to ask is:
What proof is there that the system works?
Does the program/ system make sense to you?
Weight Loss Question 5: I've tried losing weight in the past but I lose motivation after a few weeks. How can I stay motivated and achieve my weight-loss goal?
Staying motivated to lose weight seems to be a problem for many people especially after the New Year. Oftentimes people start the New Year with a list of resolutions only to find that within a few short weeks they have returned to previous lifestyle habits.
There are a number of strategies you can use to ensure that you stay focused and achieve your goal:
a) Establish strong reasons as to why you want to lose weight in the first place.
b) Select principles that fit comfortably into your lifestyle.
c) Have support. A support system is an excellent way to ensure success. This may include having a weight-loss buddy or joining a weight-loss group like, Weight Watchers.
These supports systems give you an opportunity to bounce ideas around as well as address various weight loss questions as well.
Weight Loss Question 6: In the morning I am really busy organising my kids for school, what can I have for breakfast that is really quick and easy?
Even though whole foods for breakfast are always your best option, the occasional smoothie/ shake for breakfast is okay. Just make sure that if you have a smoothie for breakfast you have whole foods for your mid-morning meal/ snack a few hours later.
Whole foods are best because they require the body to expend energy through the process of digestion. Having a smoothie or shake for breakfast means that the meal is in a 'pre-digested form' and does not require much energy to be expended. Therefore, your metabolism doesn't get the morning boost that whole foods can provide.
Nevertheless, the occasional smoothie is fine. Just make sure that you choose the right one for you! There are so many different smoothie/ shake options on the market and selecting the best one for your body and goals is often very difficult.
Here are some points to keep in mind:
Here is a sample smoothie recipe that you might like to try. You can have it for breakfast or as a mid-morning/ mid-afternoon meal/ snack:
Add all ingredients to a shaker cup or large glass, mix well and drink. Enjoy!
Weight Loss Question 7: At the moment I'm trying to lose weight and I'm having chicken and salad for lunch. Unfortunately though, within an hour after eating I am hungry again. Why is that?
Each of you meals should contain a balanced macronutrient ratio, which means it should contain a combination of carbohydrate, protein and fat.
Unfortunately, if you only have chicken and salad for lunch the carbohydrate component of the meal is very low. This means your blood sugar (which was probably low just before lunch) now gets ever lower still resulting in hunger pains.
To avoid this from occurring, simply have a small amount of starchy vegetables, like potato, sweet potato or pumpkin with your chicken and salad.
These natural carb sources are better to have than more refined carb sources like, pasta, rice and bread, which are the high density carbohydrates. Here are more examples of carbohydrates.
Weight Loss Question 8: I've started doing indoor rowing and cycling, Do you still need to do toning with weights when you do rowing each day or does rowing take care of the resistance part?
You still need to do weights because rowing is an aerobic exercise because it lasts longer than 90 seconds. This means it uses different energy systems compared to lifting weights, which generally doesn't last longer than 90 seconds per set.
There are so many benefits of lifting weights that I definitely suggest incorporating a resistance/ weight training workout into your weight loss program.
Here are some great workout routines for women that you can do in the comfort of your own home.
However, if you want the best possible results, then I suggest exercising in a gym.
Weight Loss Question 9: When I take my thermogenic, what's the longest time frame I've got to get benefit from when I exercise because sometimes I don't get around to exercising for about an hour after taking it as I have to feed kids, etc?
An hour is actually perfect for there to be maximum levels of free fatty acids in your blood stream, which your body may then use as a fuel source during the exercise session.
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Weight Loss Question 10: My trainer has designed a 'split routine' for me and it says to exercise on Mondays and Tuesdays. I thought you should only lift weights every second day. Can you explain this?
You can in fact lift weights more often than every second day. There is no reason why you can't train with weights two days on and then have one day off. Depending on a person's individual recovery ability even three days in a row of training with weights is possible. I certainly wouldn't recommend more than this though.
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