Why do you weigh the same as you did when you started your weight loss plan?
If you are one of the many people asking this question, you are also probably feeling the same amount of frustration and disappointment every time you get on the weighing scale and see that you have not been able to shed a single pound. This is after you’ve given up your most favorite dessert or the five hours a day that you spent in front of the TV to watch your favorite shows.
If you are someone with enough motivation to continue your weight loss journey, you might be able to eventually lose one to two pounds after a month but with all the efforts you have given, this rate is just too slow. There are actually very simple reasons as to why you are not losing weight that you are not able to notice it. But not changing simple daily routines or habits could actually be culprit why you weigh the same. Listed below are the basic reasons why you are failing to lose weight:
You are not eating enough
Have you ever heard someone say, “Eat to lose weight” and believed it? I bet you didn’t because the first impulse of people who want to lose weight is to suddenly cut as much calories from their diet as possible, believing that they could instantly lose weight by doing it. Why is this considered as a mistake? Because by cutting down a huge amount of the previous regular calorie intake you also cut down on the amount of food that you eat and the metabolic rate decreases. If this happens, you will be able to burn less calories than what you should. An average person should consume between 1500 to 1800 calories per day depending on gender. A sign that you may not be eating enough is if you go to bed hungry or experience late night cravings. When this happen, you will have the tendency to resort into binge eating. You should also go for proper snacking. Snacking is not bad.
You are following the wrong diet
What is a wrong diet? This is a meal plan that cuts down on a certain food group from your regular daily intake, mostly carbohydrates. Deficiency on certain food groups could weaken part of the body or the whole body. Instead of completely removing carbs from your diet, you should learn to replace it with healthier sources of carbohydrates and eat your meals in the right proportion.
You are on a plateau
Sometimes the body believes that it has reached its ideal weight making t more difficult to lose weight. This usually happens in women. When they have been exercising or trying to lose weight for quite awhile, they reach a plateau despite the fact that most of the weight is still coming from unwanted stored fats. If this happens, the only way to push the body to lose the unwanted fats is to keep eating healthy and then to keep exercising.
You are using the wrong training exercise
If you are trying to lose weight but you tend to exercise more following intense training programs and weight lifting, you might end up developing muscles over the fats in your body instead of losing weight. If you want to lose weight and build muscles, losing the fat deposits is always the first step. Although muscles help you burn more calories, six times than the regular, if you develop those muscles over the fats, you will have a bulky body structure and heavier weight.
You don’t sleep enough
Sleep is as important as the food you are eating when on a quest to lose weight. If you are not sleeping enough, the brain tends to produce more cortisol which tells the body to store more fat. Sufficient sleep is also important because it allows the body to recover from the exercise training and allows the absorption of all the nutrients in the food intake.
You are stressed
The two major signs of stress are over eating or decrease in appetite. Most likely, stress is always associated to over eating due to overproduction of cortisol and this involves not just any food but you tend to crave for comfort foods such as sweets.
If you evaluate all of these, you will realize that all you need is a few changes in your diet, sleep, and exercise routines.