How Come I'm Not Losing Weight?
You’re counting your calories diligently. You downloaded all the latest fitness apps. You’re exercising daily. You’re watching what you eat. So, how come you’re not dropping the weight?
Stephanie Smith at Active details several reasons how you may be sabotaging your weight loss goals. Are you guilty of any of these?
Why you can't lose the weight
- You’re not eating enough protein. When you increase your protein intake you decrease the percentage of excess calories that are stored as fat.
- You’re not drinking enough water. While water is vital for the body to perform normal body functions, it also keeps you full and helps control your appetite.
- You’re stressed. Cortisol, which is responsible for the weight around your midsection, increases when you are stressed. Learn to relax during stressful times.
- You’re buying groceries with a credit card. Studies show that you are more likely to buy unhealthy food options when paying on credit. Learn to buy only what you have the cash to pay for.
- You’re not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep creates havoc on the hormones that control appetite. Shoot for 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep each night.
- You’re not eating enough whole foods. It’s important to watch your calories, but if you’re getting most of your calories from junk food then you’re not getting the vitamins and minerals needed to improve your mood and control your appetite.
- You’re eating too much healthy food. While your diet should consist of healthy foods that doesn’t mean you can eat as much of it as you want. Remember, a calorie is a calorie regardless of where it came from. A healthy portion of protein is about the size of your palm. Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast option but can pack on the calories if you consume more than one serving.
- You’re drinking your calories. Fruit juice, fancy coffee drinks, and whole milk can add up to a lot of extra calories. Strive to drink water instead.
- You’re not eating enough calories. Decreasing your daily caloric intake too much can send your body into starvation mode and slow your metabolism.
- You’re only doing low-intensity cardio. While walking is a healthy option, you need to mix it up with high-intensity interval training. HIIT not only burns more calories in a shorter period of time, it also can keep you burning calories for up to 24 hours. Try this workout.
These are simple rules to follow. Stay on track and watch the pounds drop. For more details read Stephanie’s article here.