The Major Reason Why You Are Not Losing Weight.
“I’m doing everything right. Why am I not losing weight? “
Uhm, are you sure about that? There so many reasons why you can be dieting and exercising but not losing weight, but doing everything right is not one of them.
Here’s a list of 5 reasons why the numbers on your scale are not moving down. You will be shocked by some of them.
After a hard session at the gym or a long week of dieting, we tend to reward ourselves for doing the hard work. Sometimes, we have cheat days; other times, we have cheat meals. However, when you give yourself too many treats as a reward for doing well, it becomes counterproductive and may even undo all the work you have done already. We tend to overestimate how much calories we burn when we exercise and underestimate how much calories we consume, especially with those bite-sized treats. It is crucial to ensure that you are not overcompensating, so you don’t halt your weight loss progress.
Some people go overboard with dieting. They think skipping meals, especially breakfast, drastically reducing their calorie intake will get them there faster. It won’t. When you cut too many calories from your diet, your body goes into “starvation mode.” This means that your body thinks it is starving, and as a result, will slow down its metabolism slows down, and it hoards fat. When this happens, you no longer burn calories, and your weight loss progress halts. Once you stop restricting your body, your hunger hormone (ghrelin) becomes uncontrollable, and you overeat.
Also, getting on fad diets that restrict a food class entirely is not a feasible weight-loss method. Your body needs a balanced diet to perform optimally, so cutting some areas out of your diet will hinder your weight loss progress in the long run. Completely cutting carbs or fat from your diet may work for a short period, but you undo all that work when you give in to your cravings for the food you keep cutting out.
Stop focusing so much on restricting your calories and pay attention to your body’s signal. When you eat in response to your body’s actual needs, it helps prevent episodes of overeating.
The truth is we underestimate the number of calories we consume. “Oh, I’ve not had breakfast.” Forgetting the two handfuls of nuts they ate earlier. “I’ve not eaten all day; I’m so hungry!” Forgetting the bottle of Coke, they drank earlier to “hold belle.” These things, as little as they appear to you, count on the calorie chart. You may not think you are, but you are definitely consuming hundreds of calories. It is no surprise that despite all your hard work, you’re still not losing weight. The best way to keep track of everything that goes into your mouth so you can account for it is to keep a food diary. It is best to write down everything you eat and drink to keep you mindful and honest.
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When you are stressed out, it affects your eating, exercise, and sleep habits negatively. Stress leads to higher cortisol levels in the body, which makes it harder to lose weight. Stop stressing over whether you are doing the right thing or worrying about falling off the wagon. If you are stressing yourself out worrying about your diet, you may need to find another healthier method. Weight loss does not have to be miserable and sad.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you feel too foggy-headed and exhausted the next day. Your body starts craving lots of food to combat that lethargy. Sleep deprivation makes it hard to pay attention to hunger cues and eat mindfully. Sleep deprivation also affects performance and endurance during exercises, slows down your metabolism, increases appetite, and cravings.
Go to bed at a reasonable hour and get rid of distractions. Turn off the TV, your phone, and any other electronic devices around you.
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