6 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight

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6 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight

Embarking on a weight loss program is the biggest, most challenging endeavour you ever take. It’ll take willpower, determination and perseverance.

Losing weight is one of the hardest things to do and keeping it off after you lost it is a true accomplishment.

If you are trying to lose weight at this very moment do not despair. There are reasons why you are lagging behind. Not of your own doing or fault. Sometimes you are just not losing weight, and it’s likely because of these 6 reasons. Let’s look at the 6 reasons why you are not losing weight:

1. You Stress

Blame your stress hormone cortisol which triggers the fight-or-flight response, which is an appetite stimulant. Like any normal human, you turn to comfort food and pack on pounds when you’re under duress.

Solution: When you see yourself eating not out of hunger but out of emotion or stress. Slow it down and put that piece of chocolate down. Learn to exercise control and in no time turning to comfort food is a thing of the past. Drink water instead.

2.  You Don’t drink enough water

Water is a key element in shedding those extra kilos. It helps to suppress appetite, so you’re less likely to overeat. Did you know that when you are dehydrated, your kidneys can’t function properly, so the body turns to the liver for additional support. Because the liver is working so hard, more of the fat you consume is stored rather than burned off.

Solution: Up your water consumption, it is recommended you drink 8 glasses of water a day or two litres of water, which will help you lose weight and your body function better. If you aren’t used to drinking a lot of water, it will require serious effort but all worth it in the end.

3. You skim on protein

Protein enhances the feeling of satiety and prevents your losing muscle as you lose fat. Your body spends more energy to metabolize protein than it does carbs or fat. So higher-protein diets make you burn slightly more calories. Solution: if you don’t like meat that much you can have other food rich in protein to keep you feeling full longer. Greek yoghurt, eggs, black beans, lentils and some nuts like almonds are a few no-meat items that are high in protein and will help you with losing weight.

4. You are sedentary

Research finds that dedicated workouts simply can’t compensate for being sedentary the rest of the time. So if you have a desk job and spend a big chunk of your day in front of the computer and do one hour workout every day, it is not enough.

Solution: Set a timer on the computer to remind you to move every hour. Buy a Fitbit to count your daily steps and ideally you aim at completing 10,000 steps a day. How? Little things like; take the stairs instead of the lift, park far away from your store, and walk for half hour every day.

5. You don’t track what you eat

The best way to become aware of why you are not losing weight is to look back at what you are eating. Let’s call it mindful eating where you are aware of every bit you take through the day. In retrospect you can make a real judgement whether you are eating too much or maybe too much of the wrong food.

Solution: Get a dairy and jot down every bit of food you consumed and how much water you drunk. Make a point in checking your diary every night, calculate calories taken and what kind of food you could do without.

6. You are sabotaging your workout

I am guilty of this. How many times after a long and hard workout do you eat more? Either because you feel you’ve earned it. Or because you’re overestimating how much you’ve burned. Or both?

Solution: You are going to feel hungry so best to have fruit or a handful of nuts and some water ready for your workout.

In trying to lose weight increase your water and protein intake, move more throughout the day, and try to stress less. Hopefully, this will help you achieve your ideal weight and keep it off.

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