Not Losing Weight Even Though You Are Trying?
It’s the worst case scenario for anyone trying to lose weight. You go through all the effort of changing your eating habits, you try to get a little more activity and you cut out unhealthy snacks and all the other bad stuff.
But the weigh scale doesn’t budge.
It’s very frustrating and can derail even the most enthusiastic weight loss intentions. If anyone says “I don’t try to lose weight anymore because nothing works” they’ve likely experienced this scenario.
But, if you take a closer look, there are most likely underlying reasons why trying to lose weight didn’t work.
First of all, it’s not you. Just about anyone can lose weight if they really want to, but sometimes there are mitigating factors that can make it more difficult than you thought.
By learning more about the reasons why you might be trying to lose weight, but can’t, you will be more able to work through them and start seeing results. If you have trouble getting the scale to tip in your favour when trying to lose weight, consider the following as possible reasons.
1. Cheat Day is a Food Binge
Maybe it’s the term “cheat”, but whatever the reason, instead of being a day where you can eat foods that are not part of your new diet, cheat days can turn into the all-out assault on every unhealthy piece of food you can get your hands on.
Going overboard on cheat days can ruin all the sacrifices and changes you made during the week. Instead of pulling out all the stops, substitute some of the food you’ve been craving in equal quantities for those that are now in your diet, and give yourself a treat – but just one in a reasonably-sized serving.
2. You’re On a “Crash” Diet
The biggest mistake people make while trying to lose weight is to think that there is a quick, relatively easy solution; like some sort of 30-, 60- or 90-day plan that will leave you living slimmer forever after. Crash or fad diets cash-in on the quick water weight we all lose when we start shedding pounds. When the easy pounds come off, and you stop losing weight, you blame yourself and think that it’ll never work for you. But that’s simply not true.
3. You Don’t Eat Enough or You Eat too Much
Yes, even when you make a sizable reduction to the amount of food you eat, you can stop losing weight. In fact, you might even start to gain weight if you reduce your diet too drastically. Getting too few calories causes your body to slow down and burn fewer calories. So you might still eat more calories than you burn, even on a calorie-reduced diet. As for eating too much, many of us give ourselves little “rewards” to help in the battle against the hunger pangs and keep us going throughout the day. Without you realizing it, those rewards can add up to a weight-loss defeating number of calories.
4. You Skip Meals
If you are on a weight-loss plan that tells you to skip meals, dump it right now. If thinking that there are quick solutions is the biggest mistake you can make when trying to lose weight, thinking that there is a straight line “skipping meals means eating less means losing weight” relationship is number two. Your body loves to keep things the way they are. It’s called “homeostasis”. Adjusting your diet to shed a few pounds introduces one threat to homeostasis. And if you suddenly start skipping meals, your body can have any number of unanticipated reactions, from causing you to eat more at other times, to slowing down your metabolism, both of which will affect your weight loss.
5. You Are Not Getting Enough Nutrition
Of course you might lose a few short-term pounds if you ate nothing but celery and water, but you’ll likely end up in hospital first. As we mentioned, weight loss puts stress on your body. If your diet doesn’t give your body the nutrition it needs to cope with that stress, then you’ll not likely get the results you expect.
If you’re looking for expert advice from a trained nutritional consultant to help you lose weight the right way, visit your nearest Herbal One Centre. We’ve been through what you’re going through now and we know how to help.