Top Eight Reasons For not losing weight
You have been trying to lose weight; you have tried every diet available and are constantly experimenting with the latest fad diets. You have spent a huge amount of money on food supplements, exercise DVDs, weight loss classes and you’re still struggling to lose weight. So what are the reasons?
1. Relying on exercise only
A lot of people rely on just exercising as a means to lose weight. Yes, exercising is great and specialists recommend everyone to do so but we also recommend everyone to have a balanced diet. There is no point going to the gym or going out for a jog and coming back to consuming a silly amount of empty calories or indulging in fatty foods. It’s best to sit down and spend time working out what foods you need to cut down and what foods will aid you to weight loss. Remember, you can enjoy everything as long as you are mindful about your portions!
2. Same old, same old!
Well done for training and keeping yourself fit. Remember that your body adapts to your exercise routine. What we mean by this is that you need to learn to mix things up from time to time. Don’t do the same routine week in and week out as it will have less or little impact to your weight because you are not shocking your body. Try adding a new exercise, joining a different group class or doing them in different orders. This will help you with your weight loss.
3. Excuses to eat more because of exercise
If you go to the gym or exercise on a regular basis make sure you don’t make the mistake of consuming more calories. Many of us think it’s okay to eat a bit more on days we go to the gym because we’ve “earned it”. We tell ourselves that we need the extra calories to compensate for the energy lost. However, we make the mistake of eating the wrong foods, eating too much and this usually ends up in piling on the pounds! Make sure you count your calories for the day every day and not go over the recommended allowance.
4. You skip meals
Many people will do this because it seems logical. Yes, skipping meals helps you to avoid the extra calories but you are more likely to indulge on high sugar or high fat foods. Remember this it’s like breathing, smaller breathes continuously for your body is good, but if you breath out and not breath back in straight away your body will force you to breath in deep because it is making up for the lack of air. The same rule applies when you are eating; eat less and often rather than eating 2 big meals a day and snacking unhealthily.
5. Unhealthy eating without realising
You may fall into this category and not even notice it. The best thing to do is to keep a food diary . Keeping a food diary will hopefully help you see what you are eating. At the end of the week sit down and go through the sheet and try to find out the foods that may be contributing to you not losing weight. Make slight changes (not too drastic) before the next week and repeat the process. Eventually you’ll be in tune with your own eating habits and be confident to make the right decisions yourself.
If you exercise and then end up consuming large amount of calories the day after then you will put on the weight for sure. Remember it takes 21 days to get used to a habit. Force yourself to exercise for 3 weeks and then you will want to go to the gym after you see the changes made to you. We understand it is not easy but we all have to start somewhere. Falling at the first hurdle is natural because you are doing something out of your comfort zone. However if you push through the difficulties you will reap the rewards, which will be a great motivator for you to do more. Remember that radical weight loss solution isn’t the key. Your aim should be to have a new healthy lifestyle that you can maintain.
7. Skipping entire food groups
Also another trick for many people is to avoid an entire food group, you may see drastic weight loss in the short term but over time you’ll find more damage being done to your body than good. Be cautious when undertaking such radical diets such as the Atkins as you may be putting your health at risk. You can and should eat all food groups as long as your portions are moderated.
8. Taking diet pills
As for diet pills, doctors give them a 100% NO! Why rely on diet pills to do the work for you? Many of these pills flush out vital vitamins and minerals which your body needs and this is what helps you lose weight at the risk of developing far more dangerous and deadly conditions such as heart disease. We understand that it’s always tempting to try and reach our goal as fast and as easy as possible, but just bear in mind what sacrifices you’re making with your health.