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Why you (so) will not lose weight

Anonymous test shows you how losing weight works for you too!

With removing is that such a thing: The offer at completely different parliamentary allowance, numerous Pulverchen and each quantity of meal spare products is enormous. At the same time there is a considerable number of humans, who lose despite all attempts only usually only minimum weight - or directly not at all decrease, but in individual cases even still increase. Many have simply already given up in resignation. Most feel tormented and frustrated. But one thing is clear: anyone can lose weight.

The reasons for lack of sales success can be determined

We made an anonymous survey among people who have difficulty or even no weight loss - despite dieting. The given answers to the question showed us what the reason is that it does not work. We looked at all the answers and thoroughly evaluated what was stopping them from losing weight in each case. From these evaluations, we have created this guide that clearly shows you what is preventing you from losing weight. We discuss the individual reasons point by point. Just look up which of these main reasons apply to you - and which points you have to avoid in the end in order to lose weight.

Because: Everyone can lose weight. Building up body weight and reducing body weight is a completely natural function of the organism, which is basically present in every living being. Without the processes behind it we could not survive at all. Our body must produce heat 24 hours a day to maintain body temperature. If the necessary energy for this is lacking, or if there is not enough energy for movement, it has to use the available reserves by force. Losing weight is a completely natural process that works for everyone. Even with you.

The only requirement is that you remove the obstacles that hinder these processes. We will now discuss them point by point.

You must pay attention to these 9 points:

1. the motivation

Our first question to our survey participants was: Warum willst du eigentlich abnehmen?.

The answers we received to this question were naturally very diverse and very different. Some simply want to look "better", while others already clearly notice the health restrictions of their excessive weight and want to get rid of it at last. Others have set themselves a certain desired height or weight as their goal because they simply consider it desirable for some reason or another.

Motivation is very important when losing weight. Losing weight purposefully and consciously is always uncomfortable and unpleasant. This is in the nature of things, all the body understands is: "There is not enough". Without any form of deficiency, the body sees no reason to reduce the fat deposits again or to attack them at all. How strongly we feel this deficiency also depends largely on the method we use to lose weight - and how drastically we personally feel these changes.

Only real motivation makes less pleasant things bearable

We will have to endure these unpleasant sensations if we want to lose weight. Losing weight and at the same time happily shovelling food into ourselves will not work. Make this clear to yourself once and for all. And whoever suggests to you that this is possible, is not offering you a slimming method, but only an excuse. Ausrede an. Funktionieren wird das nicht.

What helps you to survive and endure these unpleasant sensations is your Motivation. Du musst gute und starke Gründe dafür haben, warum du das willst. Gründe, an die du selbst unverbrüchlich glaubst. Nur jemanden beeindrucken zu wollen, oder einfach jemandes Körperbau zu kopieren oder zu übertrumpfen, sind nicht besonders starke Gründe, auch ein schwammiges „irgendwie besser aussehen“ reicht als Grund nicht aus. Du bist nicht dieses oder jenes Internetmodel – du bist du. Und du musst niemanden übertrumpfen. Wir sind als Menschen alle gleich viel wert.

Gründe sollten immer mit dir selbst zu tun haben – und nicht mit anderen Personen. Es geht um dich und dein Leben, also finde Gründe, die für dich selbst bedeutsam sind und die du für dich für wichtig erachtest. Setz dir klare Ziele, solche, die es wert sind, dafür auch etwas zu tun oder auch einmal Unbequemes auszuhalten.

You are solely responsible for achieving these goals: not your environment, not a new Instagram trend and not the diet method. The responsibility for achieving your goals is entirely yours.

That is where it all begins.

2. Note your original weight

In our second question we wanted to know from the participants how much they actually weigh. This is very important, because depending on the initial weight, the situation when losing weight is always very different.

It makes a difference whether you weigh 170 kg and finally want to go through life with a healthy body weight, or whether you want to lose only another 10 kg at almost normal weight to fit into the next smaller size or into some current beauty craze. Both are completely different situations. The whole thing is often complicated by the fact that nobody tells you exactly how much you should weigh. Body Mass Index and normal weight calculations only give rough ranges in which a weight is somehow medically justifiable. This varies greatly from person to person, depending on age and physique. Just as an example - at the BMI most successful bodybuilders have catastrophic values in the area of overweight and this although they have the body fat percentage of a half starved person.

If you have a very high overweight (BMI values over 30), your weight has usually increased over a very long period of time. This means that there is often a large number of unhealthy eating and living habits that you have been following for a long time and that need to be changed. These are major changes that usually also change many other things in your life. This takes time.

Extremes rarely or never work

It is also about realistic goals. "10 kg in 2 weeks" are goals that are so completely nonsensical because the body first has to adapt to the entire new nutritional situation, adapt physical processes accordingly and find solutions for any problems that may arise. With such high body weights, only a slow, continuous weight loss works in the long run - you have to put your diet on a healthier basis and then you can watch your weight disappear. Your body is not a machine where you push a button and it does what you want it to do. It is a very complex system of many individual processes that work together. YOU are your body. If you do brute force to yourself, usually nothing gets better. By the way, if you are on a zero diet, you gain a lot of weight, but only so much more.

If you aim for a weight of 60 kg at 1.75, you may find that you like the number and the weight, but your body may not. In this case, your body may then take every opportunity to correct the weight to a value that makes sense to it. Then you will constantly struggle with your "desired weight" because it is not a realizable goal. Something that your fantasy can live with, but your body can't. And that's what it's all about in the end. Delusional values are not true values.

Both problems have one thing in common: they result from not listening to your body when it comes to health. Any arbitrarily agreed or advertising-technically strongly exaggerated numerical values are used as "goals", which however miss any meaningful basis. Theoretically one can starve naturally as fast as possible, practically that works rather badly

If you work against your body and its natural processes, you are working against yourself - and against the success of your purchase. Leave that alone. 

3. the number of meals per day

We also asked the participants about this. Some of them estimated quite high values (about 5 - 6 times), many of them could not even say this exactly.

In today's western world, eating habits have changed dramatically: we have adopted a "bite by bite" pattern, where we eat practically all the time. This is of course anything but healthy, and besides our weight, it also damages our body enormously.

In earlier times, farmers had 5 meals a day, citizens usually had 3, although these meals were often not very sumptuous, much of which we would now call "snacks" - and simply eat them on the side. Also with the number of meals we are usually far from this frequency today.

This leads to two problems: on the one hand, the quantity of what we eat during the day is hardly manageable and the calories often accumulate significantly "so incidentally". On the other hand, we also make it difficult for our body. It fundamentally needs time to digest food and then our digestive system needs time to dispose of the leftovers of the digestion.

If this time is no longer available, the system will eventually be overwhelmed. If it is constantly occupied only with the digestion of newly incoming food, it will at some point no longer be able to keep up. Out of pure stress, things are then simply put directly into storage, because there is no time to use them. This is exactly where you don't really want your food, on your stomach and around your hips.

In addition, we often miss out on important nutrients, get digestive problems from time to time and, above all, make a habit of eating all the time. This habit already makes us nervous if we don't get anything for two hours, even if we are not hungry. This is when the disaster takes its course and it requires discipline to stop eating all the time or to "reward" us with snacks.

Even if feelings of hunger make you panic, you will not die of hunger. You can go without solid food for up to two months, so a few hours are no problem. They are only unpleasant, but we can't always remove all the unpleasant things in our lives right away. We go to work, even if we don't like it very much.

Many Buddhist monks only eat once a day. None of them look starved - so this seems to work without any problems. They don't know the feeling of hunger in the time in between, the body adjusts itself quickly if the food comes regularly. A clearer head is also supposed to do that.

4. pay attention to your weekly balance

We asked our participants to write down what they eat during the week. The answers were - at least for us - already very enlightening.

Over the course of a day there is usually no really clear picture of what we eat. A few "little things", which are perhaps not so healthy, add up to considerable amounts over the course of a week. In addition, over a period of 7 days you get a much better feeling for how much meat, bread, vegetables and finished products you actually eat.

A "healthy" day over a week does not make much difference in relation to the total amount. And three portions of vegetables are not exactly opulent with a total of 21 meals. So a weekly balance sheet exposes our popular self-deception well, so you should definitely do that - and be honest about it. It usually shows you exactly where your "weak points" lie.

In addition, many of our body's nutrient stores last for about 7 - 10 days, so within this period we should have taken in the most important nutrients through food and replenished our stores. If we do not succeed in doing this, there is a risk of nutrient deficiency (this is very common, especially among overweight people).

Writing or tracking your food on a weekly basis also helps you to take stock at the end of the week: What did I eat too much of, what did I eat too little of? What things did I fall for again this week? In which situations do I regularly eat too much? How has my weight developed with these food quantities/food, what "works"?

Weekly balance sheets often contain valuable information - which you should not ignore.

The marginal factors in slimming

The remaining five questions are aimed particularly at the "marginal factors", which play a major role in determining whether or not you succeed in losing weight. We will pass on these questions to you in exactly the same way as we have asked them to our participants. You can answer them for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

5. what is your absolute favorite food?

We asked our participants that too. The question sounds strange at first, in fact the favorite food reveals a lot about individual eating habits.

Even the weekly evaluations have shown that most people tend to eat the same thing over and over again very often. There is actually not so much wrong with this, not only is this quite common, but it also makes it easier for the body to adjust to what usually comes in and to optimize the necessary processes for digestion.

It is only problematic if the food as a whole is very one-sided and important nutrients are missing. This is where the principle "Improve your habits and you improve your life" comes into its own: if you simply make what you usually eat a little healthier bit by bit, the amount of willpower required to persevere is usually much less than if you just want to eat vegetables overnight.

Many dishes can actually be "upgraded" in a healthier way, you can do this step by step. In addition, the quantities can be reduced optimally in small steps over a longer period of time. In this way, you do not break with your cherished habits at one go (unless they are too harmful), but change them bit by bit into better ones. Most of the time this works quite well if you consistently incorporate improvements.

6. are you ambitious?

Noch so eine seltsame Frage, die wir unseren Teilnehmern gestellt haben – sie ist aber ebenfalls bedeutsam, auch für das Abnehmen.
Wie du mit selbst gesteckten Zielen umgehst, und ob du überhaupt welche hast, spielt eine sehr wichtige Rolle dafür, wie gut du im Leben und mit deinen Wunschzielen vorankommst.

Those who are very lax with their goals and often shrug their shoulders and do not take their goals very seriously, but always wait for everything that is desired to happen somehow, will often have problems with losing weight

Der Gegenpol dazu sind Menschen, die sich ein klares Ziel setzen, einen vernünftigen Zeitrahmen, und jeden Tag etwas dafür tun, ihr Ziel zu erreichen – und zwar genau jetzt.

This requires a bit of power, a little discipline and a lot of clarity about what goals you want to achieve and why you want to achieve them. To do something right now means to lose weight and in many cases to give up something right now when you are confronted with your goal. Power, discipline and above all clarity are the three essential ingredients for success - not only when losing weight.

See for yourself which of the two sides you'd rather fit in on - and whether you can't just become a little more "power-human" if necessary. There are a number of aids for this, too, which are not always all about losing weight, but generally help to develop goals and pursue them consistently. A little more "Achieving-Power" does not harm us all.

7. are your parents of normal weight and pay attention to good nutrition?

This is indeed a very important question. That is why we asked it to our participants.

Many things in our lives are controlled by unconscious habits that we acquire in early childhood by simply copying the adults around us. In most cases, we retain such habits throughout our lives.

With parents who have always struggled with their weight themselves or paid little attention to healthy eating, the chance is very high that you have simply subconsciously adopted many of these unhealthy and dysfunctional eating habits, preferences and attitudes to food.

Of course, nothing is ever set in stone - we can also change long-held habits, mistakes or unhealthy attitudes. To do this, however, they must make us fully aware of them and put them to the test.

We always tend to see as "great" and "indispensable" everything we have eaten since our earliest childhood. But that doesn't necessarily have to be true, it's just our impression of it, because we associate it with "home" and "security" or simply as a hard to change habit that is inseparable from us.

Solche Dinge zu ändern (zum Beispiel 4 mal am Tag zu essen) kostet oft viel Arbeit und dauert eine ganze Weile, ist die Mühe aber wert. Entscheidend ist nicht, ob sich etwas „gut anfühlt“ oder wir es immer schon so machen – entscheidend ist nur was jetzt und hier sinnvoll und vernünftig ist – und zwar nach rationellen Maßstäben. Unvernünftiges und Ungesundes wird nicht besser, nur weil man es 60 Jahre lang beibehält.

That one can change nearly everything shows humans, who grew up with nearly exclusively animal products and today nevertheless convinced Veganer are. As said, nothing is chiseled in stone. You can always make it reasonable.

8. what do you think about fasting?

This question is directly aimed at how well you can deal with renunciation. If fasting is a frightening, life-threatening idea for you, most likely not very well. If you at least find it exciting and would like to try it (if you don't already have it anyway), it is much better. And if you think that shrugging your shoulders is something that can be done, it would of course be quite good.

It concerns here less the chamfered actually, which is suitable for removing anyway in its original form only quite badly, but more around the attitude to it. It is about how well you think you can part with food.

Wie zuvor schon erwähnt, kann man körperlich gesehen bis zu 2 Monate problemlos ohne feste Nahrung überstehen. Der einzige Grund, warum wir ab und an nicht auf Essen verzichten können oder wollen, sind emotionale Gründe.

Hunger is unpleasant (this is its biological purpose), but for some people it is also almost unbearable if they do not always immediately get what they (impulsively) imagine. For others, food is the "solvent" for all negative feelings: sadness, boredom, fear, frustration, anger, and whatever other bad things happen to them.

If you find it very difficult to deal with it, if you cannot have the food you want immediately or are not allowed to have it for a while, or if you like to raid your fridge as a problem solution or like to "treat yourself" quickly in emotionally challenging times, then this is a psychological problem. It has absolutely nothing to do with your body. You can only solve these things on the psychological level, on the physical level it doesn't help.

Food is only there to keep the body functioning. It is not a suitable means to regulate any emotions. It is not meant for that.

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9. there will be a barbecue! What are you doing?

This question is about stamina. The question aims to make you realize how well you can stand by your goals, attitudes and values - even if others act differently. How much you allow yourself to be distracted.

If you cannot stand behind what you want to achieve for yourself when others do something else or do not understand what you are doing, your backbone is weak. You have to work on that. Standing by your decisions and seeing them through is your sole responsibility.

If you feel coerced or forced, mocked or belittled to do what your friends do and "join in" in such events - you have the wrong friends. They will not stand behind you in anything else in life. Whoever tries to force you to do something or to dissuade you from doing something is not a friend - but only someone who tries to control your life in all parts.

(Especially internally weak people like to do this because it makes them feel stronger themselves).

Nobody else than yourself has the right to decide about your life - you are also responsible for what comes out in the end. So only you can decide for yourself, the rest has to respect that. (Think how many of your "friends" would put up with this the other way round if you try to force them not to eat).

Schlusswort

These 9 points cover the most essential areas that turn out to be obstacles to removal. Most of them have nothing to do with your body - but with your habits, your attitudes and your personal well-being.

If you find that you are having difficulty losing weight or following a diet, take another close look at these 9 points and see what the problem might be. We have not asked these questions to our participants for nothing. They are important - so are the answers.

Remember: Anyone can lose weight - this is a completely normal, physical process that runs by itself anyway. If we create the conditions for it and remove the obstacles that stand in the way of losing weight.

Answer the questions truthfully for you, so we can give you the best result. We want to give you the best user experience and we work hard and hard on our quizzes.

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