Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing Weight

Bikinis bought for your summer holiday, fresh fruit always at the ready and a tattered gym membership.

With the amount of time you spend on the cross trainer, and willpower you have to refuse a takeout, you can’t comprehend why you still can’t fit into those jeans you promised you’d be in four months ago.  Weight-Loss-Plateau

Weight loss can be elusive for some, but others seem to wolf down calories with no care in the world.

So why aren’t you losing weight when you’re doing everything you’re supposed to be doing?

You’re Not Active Enough

To burn one pound, a person needs to burn off 3500 calories, which essentially means that every day, you need to be eliminating 500 calories. This can be in the form of eating healthier alternatives, or trouncing the treadmill.

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle – whether that means sitting at a desk eight hours every day, or spending more time on the couch than anywhere else, you need to increase your daily activities.

 

Solutions:

I’m not here to thieve you of your happiness, but you may need encouraging to spend less time with your butt on a sofa, and more time squatting.

Not only does exercising scorch calories there and then, strength training also boosts your metabolism to aid your weight loss.

If you abhor running, then don’t run. Refuse to do sit ups? Then don’t incorporate them in your routine. By making exercising torture, you’ll never return to the gym again, so find activities you can tolerate – like dancing or playing sports.

Importantly, stick to your new regime to see a difference in your body. Work out at least three times a week, every week, to form a habit, and don’t let anything stop you.

You Don’t Have Enough Nutritional Education

To lose weight, you have to know what you should be eating and what you should be avoiding. Click off Internet sites of fitness forums, and read official studies and books about food.

 

What you may consider a healthy snack may actually be injurious to your weight loss. Reach for almond nuts, rather than foods labelled as ‘low-calorie’. These types of foods starve you of nutrients and leave a gaping hole in your stomach.

A GMO-free and non-processed diet will nourish and heal your body to evade sugar-crashes and yearnings for something sweet or fatty.

Don’t be fooled by foods labelled as high in vitamins and nutrients. Manufacturers intentionally make products appear healthier than they are to make us buy them. But these artificial nutrients just leave you malnourished and craving more.

Real food doesn’t have labels on it because it’s made fresh. Markets and butchers are your best friend. Rid yourself of supermarket shelves to help manage your weight.

Once you’ve educated yourself on healthier alternatives, too much of a good thing can be bad. Just because nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, doesn’t mean that chomping an entire bag in one sitting is good for you. Everything in moderation.

This also leads me to portion control. You don’t have to be eating like a small child to drop pounds, nor should you have food hanging off of your plate.

Buy smaller plates to reduce your servings and monitor your calories better. You should never go hungry (and if you are, you’re not eating enough!), but this will avoid you managing your portions according to your plate sizes.

Food Aside, YOU Aren’t Healthy

Setting your alarm for 5am for a 2-hour training before an 8-hour work day isn’t doing you any favours. Though you may consider your sleep-deprived lifestyle as determination, alarmyour body needs time to rest and recover to be in a healthy state.

It’s nearly impossible to control your appetite when you’re working out so much, so don’t burn yourself out for the sake of looking leaner. Take regular rest days, and spend more time preparing healthy meals than in your running trainers. Four times a week of moderate exercise which challenges your body is enough to transform your figure. Be a gym-goer, but don’t let fitness take over your life.
When we’re stressed out with work or the lovely surprises life likes to throw at us, our body holds onto fat in an attempt to protect itself.

When you’re eating under your recommended daily intake, the body switches to starvation mode and retains any food it can get, because it doesn’t know where the next meal will come from.

Stop right now if you’re letting yourself go hungry in the hope it’ll mean you thin. You’re just harming your body!

Learn to relax more. Yes, everyone has bad days and if we all walked around with a smile 24/7, we’d sure get some not so risible looks, but don’t project bad energy all the time. Set aside more time for yourself and do more of the things you love.

A happy mind makes a happy body. Just think, everything in your body is connected, so you can’t expect your body to be healthy if your mind isn’t.

And whilst we’re on the subject of your mind, feed yourself positive thoughts. Stop measuring your thighs in the mirror or judging your stomach by old photographs. We all change and grow and our body is an amazing thing that shouldn’t be tampered with in order to fit the mould of perfection. Be thankful for its functioning.

Eat to be healthy, not to be thin. If you provide your body with the nutrients it needs to survive, it’ll reward you with the figure you’ve always wanted. But no matter how many weights we lift, or how many vegetable soups we make, there will always be that part of our brain nagging at those extra four pounds you can’t seem to shift.

Love yourself for who you are and develop healthy habits that you can honestly say you can keep up for the rest of your life.

All the best.

Stevie D