Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
There might come that point in your life when you’re completely dissatisfied with the way you look. You’re trying to do something about it but it seems like nothing is working. There are some common mistakes people make while trying to lose weight. Here are some of the top mistakes. Could one of these be the reason you are not losing weight?
- Sleep–Lack of sleep has been associated with weight gain. The reason is hormonal, involving two key hormones–ghrelin and leptin. The first tell you to eat and the latter tells you to stop. Sleep deprivation allows your body to have more ghrelin and less leptin so you want eat more. You should always try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Your diet only seems healthy–Many people think that they are eating healthy food just because they are avoiding the obviously unhealthy food. Fast food is unhealthy and cutting it out is great. However, if you want to eat a low-glycemic diet, you’re going to want to stop buying all processed foods (yes, that includes mac and cheese). You might drink the occasional soda at work without realizing that you’ve drunk 4 sodas this week. Drinks are one of the easiest ways to add empty calories to your diet. Even juices that most people think are healthy are usually full of sugar. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by eating fruit or juicing fruit yourself instead of drinking store-bought juices. Rethink your pantry. Make sure nothing white remains. Artificial sugars are not much better than normal sugar. Diet sodas are not ‘healthy’ either. Snack on nuts and fruit.
- You need rigidity–Some people need the tangible rules of a good low-carb and high-protein diet in order to lose weight. If you need help in this area, there are diets that offer a personal weight loss coach online. I would recommend the Dukan Diet weight loss coaching program since it’s a diet that gradually teaches you to maintain a healthy lifestyle for sustained weight loss!
- Wait–If you’re exercising, dieting and maintaining a calorie deficit (eating fewer calories than you’re burning) then maybe you just need to wait for a month or two to see it work. You might not notice how your body is changing if it changes slowly. If you want to see the difference try weighing yourself every two weeks instead of every day.
- Muscle weight–One of the best reasons you could hear for not being able to lose weight is the gain of muscle. We all know that muscle weighs more so if you’re doing weights and cardio then you’re losing fat but not losing weight because the fat is being replaced by muscle. You will feel the difference in inches lost.
- Stress–Life is difficult. There’s emotional, spiritual, physical stress coming from every direction. We all bear so much responsibility and that can wear us out. Being stressed makes your body produce cortisol that causes you to store more fat2. The solution is to find your own unique ways to relax at the end of the day. Reward yourself, unwind with friends and family, paint, sing, laugh, play (don’t drink). You don’t need alcohol to distress. Take up reading and challenge yourself.
- You’re not really exercising–You might go out for the occasional walk about 3 times a week. That might seem like exercise to you but really if you’re not sweating for about 15 minutes you have not worked yourself hard enough. Push yourself to keep doing more exercise.
One of more of these reasons could be keeping you from shedding those pounds. Check yourself and find out the truth. Weight-loss is never impossible so do not lose hope just yet!
Author Bio: Rachel is a nutritionist and a passionate writer, who specializes in the low-carb diet, weight loss programs, and supplemental nutrition.