Regular workouts? Check. Healthier food choices? Check… still, the weight is not coming off like how you have hoped them to be. And while there are some healthy accomplishments achieved by your diet and fitness routine, it can really be frustrating to not see the results you've wanted.
When you seem to be doing the right things but is not making progress, a list of essential factors may have been overlooked; the most common ones that stop you from getting results.
So here are a few harsh, cold truths on why you are not losing weight.
Time to get back on track! Time to outwit those habits that sabotage your get-fit efforts!
#1: You Think Working Out Is Enough to Slim You Down.
True, exercise can help in weight loss as it helps you make that calorie deficit needs to lose body fat. But here’s the real deal – “Exercise alone won’t help you drop the pounds.”
Why? Because you’re not burning as much calories as you think. Exercise burns little calories (at least 400-500 calories) and burning them requires time and effort (just think of those intense workout routines most people follow). Working out alone won’t help you much if you won’t modify your diet and decrease your calorie intake. We’ve got to do this 3-part process if we want to lose weight.
#2: You’re Re-eating the Calories You Burned.
Sure we’re burning calories when we exercise. But, that DOES NOT mean we can overeat or overindulge after. We’re all guilty of thinking “It’s okay to eat 2 slices of chocolate cake since I exercised this morning.” or “I’ll have this now and exercise longer later to burn it off.”
No wonder we’re not losing any weight! We can’t eat back all the calories we’ve burned. Most often than not, we miscalculate how much calories we really burned and underestimate how much calories we’re really consuming. That 3-mile jog (300 calories burned) to vindicate that Chinese buffet meal (1,500+ calories) leaves you in a poor position than you recognize.
#3: You Don’t Eat Healthy Enough and You Don't Drink Enough Water
We think we eat healthily but in reality, we’re not eating that well. No one really wants to admit that their diet may not be as healthy as they think it is.
Select foods that are both healthy and seem like a treat, such as a warm bowl of corn soup topped with crispy whole-grain bread. Track your food to see how it all adds up and please re-think your eating habits and evaluate it fairly.
You should also know how important H2O is especially when it comes to shedding some weight. It helps suppress appetite so you're less likely to overeat. Also, once you've become dehydrated, your kidneys won't function properly and your body will turn to your liver for additional support. And because the liver is doing the hard work, more of the fat you consumed will be stored rather than burned.
#4: You’re Not Doing the Right Workout Routines.
Exercising to lose weight is a very different thing. There are a lot of exercise routines we can do and weight loss experts have different takes as to which one is best for losing weight. Strength training, cardio, intense training… the list can go on and on which causes a lot of confusion.
Here’s the truth: All types of exercise will burn off calories which helps with weight loss. But if you want to drop the extra pounds, you have to focus on burning calories. Cardio is the king of calorie-burning exercises so do a lot of that. Strength training is imperative as well to maintain lean muscle mass while losing weight. When combined, you get a killer workout routine that will surely make you slim down.
#5: You Lack Drive.
If we want to lose weight fast, we have got to be consistent. Remember, as in all aspects of life, consistency is the key to success. If you need to lose pounds, don’t just follow a strict diet and health program for a week then go on a feast the next week or overindulge in desserts and booze during the weekend. You won’t lose weight in a snap so try to resist the temptation of overeating.
Work out and eat right as constantly as you can. Do everything in moderation. It’s okay to reward yourself or have “cheat days” from time to time. The key here is to practice portion control when it comes to treating yourself.
#6: You Rely on The Scale to Track Your Progress.
As said earlier, the weighing scale is an unreliable source for knowing whether we’ve lost weight or not. Save yourself the burden of beating yourself up just because you didn’t see the scale move. Clothes are good trackers. Maybe you can fit into those skinny jeans once again or you’re extra-large shirts are already too loose for you. Use a measuring tape to measure how much weight you’ve lost.
#7: You Lack Sleep.
Do you get little sleep at night because you’re tossing and turning worrying about the bills you have to pay? If yes, it’s no surprise you’re weight loss efforts are put to waste. Sleep is also a dominant factor influencing weight loss or weight gain. Not getting enough shuteye puts your body into a carbohydrate- and fat-craving mode as it interrupts the functioning of ghrelin and leptin – chemicals that control appetite.
Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Make sleep a priority. An invigorated and rested body is important when it comes to weight loss as it becomes ready to burn some fat.
#8: There’s No Need to Lose More Weight.
If your body fat percentage is in the healthy range or you’re at a healthy BMI, you don’t have to drop pounds for any reason. But if you still want to lose some weight, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, you may really have a hard time losing weight when you only have little body fat to lose.
In order to successfully slim down, you have to be even more committed and consistent in your weight loss efforts.
#9: You’re Under A Lot of Stress.
When we’re stressed, a hormone known as cortisol gets released which is designed to help us during emergency situations. Chronic stress can lead to raised levels of this hormone which is bad news as cortisol is often connected to weight gain, mainly around the waist. If we’re stressed, we tend to spoil ourselves by eating.
What’s the best thing we can do?
Find rewarding activities not related to food.Relax. Take deep breaths. Get a massage. Go for a walk. Meditate. Write in a journal. Talk to someone close to you. Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins also called as “happy hormones” which helps you feel good, excreting cortisol from your body. Even if you may feel you don’t have enough time for leisure what with all the deadlines you have to meet, taking time every day (even just for 5 minutes) to release stress will help you feel revitalized, lets you think more clearly and boosts your mood so you are less likely to overeat.
#10: You Have A Medical Condition.
When you’ve religiously followed a healthy diet and fitness program yet you are still having difficulty dropping the extra pounds, the reason for this is that you may have a medical condition. The best route to take is for you to check in with your doctor to see if there are any underlying conditions that is stopping you from losing weight.
Losing weight may seem simple but it does not happen overnight. A lot of people have won the battle and you can as well. Believe us. As long as you’re consistent, practice portion control, track and not afraid to ask for help, you’ll achieve the weight you’ve always wanted – slowly but surely.
Examine yourself. How many of these reasons are you guilty of? We’d love to hear what you’re thinking and how you plan on correcting these mistakes. Got a weight loss success story? Please share it with us. We’d love to hear all about them!
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Rooting for you,
~ The HSO Team ~
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