5 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight
Losing weight is frustrating, especially if you’re consistent with your workouts and diet. Exercising helps with weight loss, but it comes down to the food you eat.
Many people like the concept calorie in vs. calorie out, but our bodies are not that simple. Processed and low quality foods have chemicals, antibiotics, and heavy metals in them that overtime can damage our body’s cells and hormones without us realizing it.
Here are five reasons why you are not losing weight.
1. You’re eating too many calories.
Many people, myself included, avoid calorie counting. It’s tedious; however, sometimes it’s needed when weight loss stalls.
Determine the amount of calories you need to lose weight then use a food scale and track everything you eat.
2. If you’re eating within your calorie range and not losing weight then consider manipulating the macronutrients.
This might take some experimenting to see what works for your body. I do well eating low carbohydrate, moderate protein, and high fat. If I ate more carbohydrates and fewer fats, I would gain weight and always feel starved.
My husband is the opposite and does well on a higher carbohydrate diet. Manipulate the nutrients, and discover what works for you.
3. You have unrealistic expectations.
Maybe the goal you picked is not right for your body. It’s easy to pick a weight you weighed 20 years ago as a goal, but in reality your body might not be able to get there.
Pick a reasonable goal, then work to achieve it. Once you achieve the goal, decide if you are happy with the results. If you are, pat yourself on the back. If not, set a new goal.
4. You’re not patient enough.
Weight loss is a slow process. Have you given your body enough time to lose weight? It’s best to stick to a new weight loss plan for at least 4-6 weeks before evaluating its effectiveness.
5. You eat low quality foods.
Look at the quality of foods you are eating. Are you eating too many processed foods? Eat real foods and limit or cut out processed foods. Remove the low fats and reduced fats foods, and consider switching from grain fed meats to grass fed meats. Small improvement in food quality makes a big difference to your body.
Weight loss isn’t difficult if you keep it simple and eat real food. Put on your detective hat and experiment with different strategies to determine what works for you.
You might need to increase calories while decreasing carbohydrates. Perhaps you’re eating the wrong types of fats and not enough healthy fats. Keep experimenting until you get it right.
Remember, the best diet for you is the one you can stick to.