6 Common Weight-Loss Challenges and How to Solve Them

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6 Common Weight-Loss Challenges and How to Solve Them

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The latest research is clear: There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. Who you are is the greatest variable if you’re trying to shed pounds, and there are innumerable factors that will make it easier or harder for you — poor diet, lack of exercise, genetics, medications and other lifestyle and environmental factors can all play a role.

Specific physiological circumstances, however, inflate the importance of certain approaches to weight loss. For that reason, focusing your efforts on what will give you the most bang for your buck is key. As with most things, once you get some traction and the pounds begin to fall off, taking on additional strategies can lead to additional weight loss. Here’s a quick guide on weight-loss strategies to fit some common life challenges — perhaps at least one of these applies to you.
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The Challenge: People gain weight for different reasons as they age. Chief among them is a decline in physical activity. When you move less, a greater number of calories get stored in the body as fat, instead of getting converted into energy to fuel activity. What’s more, we naturally lose muscle mass as we age — upwards of 3-5% after age 30 if you’re inactive — which, in turn, leads to a slower metabolism.

The Solution: Strength training can help put the brakes on the loss of muscle mass, as well as build new muscle. Since muscle cells are far more metabolically active than fat cells, they burn more calories. As you increase your muscle mass, you also boost your metabolism.

Be sure to warm up before training, and start slow to build strength without injuring yourself. Begin with two sessions a week of 10 reps of 8–10 different exercises for the upper and lower body and the core. Utilize your own body weight for things like pushups and pullups and 5- to 10-pound dumbbells for other exercises. You should feel like you can’t do more than an extra rep or two at the end of each exercise — if you can, it’s time to increase the weight.

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  • Laura Kiedaisch

    where are the other 5 challenges? I only see age…

    • Bethycutiepie13

      Thank goodness! So it’s not just me!

    • Carla Paul

      Agreed, there was another blog recently that was going to discuss 6 best greens to eat and they only covered “kale”… are we missing something?

    • Kathleen Hill Brewer

      Yes! I can’t get past “kale” or “over 60.”

    • Sherry L. Kirton

      There’s a Next button on the iPhone app, but it doesn’t show up on the iPad app. I can read all of them on my iPhone, but only the first part on my iPad.

      • Carla Paul

        Really? I went up and down a few times on my iPhone and still no “next” button 🙁

  • Becky

    Would like to see the rest for sure.

  • Rajkumari

    Yup same frustration here. Would really like to see the other tips. On an iPhone 7 and can’t.

  • Vicki

    6? I can only see number 1!!

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    • Aly

      Underneath eah item there are arrows that say Previous or Next.

  • Abcynthe

    On my PC and on Android I can’t see the rest either. No ”next” button.

  • RB

    I’m on a PC. No “next” button. Can only see the first entry.

  • Monique

    Where’s #s 2-6??? I need them!!!! Lol, plsss fix and let me know somehow. 🙂

  • Akua Gyasi-Koduah

    I couldn’t see a next button on my iPhone so I sent the link to my PC and still no next button. I experienced the same thing with another article, Fitbit please fix this.

  • Brittany Skinner

    I couldn’t see the next button on my Android phone so I looked it up on my computer and I still can’t move past “age” even with the button; it just won’t load.

  • MadMartino

    When I look at this one my android phone, there is only one page, but on my PC, there’s a “next” button with all 6 pages available. If you’re having trouble on your device, perhaps try a regular web browser? Great article!

  • Carla Paul

    The “next” button showed up today on my iPhone. Perhaps they fixed it? Yay!

  • Lonestar

    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that just 30 minutes of walking at 4.5 miles per hour burns around 230 calories for a 154-pound person.”

    Although I consider anything below 5 mph not to count as running/jogging… 4.5 is a pretty fast clip. Most people walk around 2.5 – 3 mph.