It can be incredibly frustrating when you are trying to lose weight but for whatever reason you are not seeing the results you may expect.
Is there a reason for this lack of weight loss? Lets look at some possible reasons why you can’t lose weight.
#1: You don’t eat enough
This may seem like a strange suggestion, but to lose weight you need to eat. Starving yourself is not the answer.
Often you will see diets that claim to work that only allow you a few hundred calories, well first off that is not healthy and secondly you wont experience the weight loss you want either.
What will occur though is that your metabolism will slow in response to this lack of calories. Sort of like a “starvation mode”, where you body will desperately try to hold onto its fat reserves.
Instead of cutting too many calories you should look at the kind of foods you are eating instead.
You should never consume fewer than 1,200 calories a day. There is a reason why the recommended daily allowance is 2,000.
#2: You are eating too much
On the other end of the scale is eating too much.
Even if you have cut out all those bad foods you still need to watch what you are eating. Even healthy foods have calories.
What you need to do is work out your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR for short. There are calculators online that can do this for you.
This BMR is the amount of calories you need daily to remain the same weight.
To lose weight you will need to reduce this amount by around 300-500 calories. Again making sure not to drop below 1,200 daily calories.
I would recommend keeping a food diary to keep track of your calorie intake, otherwise there will be no way of knowing what you are consuming.
#3: You are suffering from stress
Stress can spell bad news for weight loss for a few reasons.
Firstly if you are stressed then chances are you will look at food as a pick-me-up. So those treats you know you should avoid becoming incredibly tempting.
Also, when you are stressed your body will produce more cortisol, which is a hormone that can prevent weight loss.
If you are currently stressed but want to lose weight then you will need to find a way to relieve it.
#4: You exercise too much
Of course exercise is good for you, but there is too much of a good thing.
Too much exercise can leave your body in a state of stress, which we have already talked about.
Make sure to give yourself the occasional break from exercise. 5 days a week should suffice.
#5: You eat too many “health” foods
Often foods are labelled as “healthy” when the reality is far from it.
If you look at their labels closely many foods contain hidden sugars that are best avoided.
Always make the point of reading any label thoroughly before you add it to your basket. You will be surprised at the nasties they have hidden on them.
#6: You don’t get enough sleep
A lack of sleep is our final reason for your lack of weight loss.
This is because a lack of sleep can leave you more likely to reach for those high energy foods the next day in an attempt to perk you up.
Unfortunately these foods are rarely healthy.
Also, less than the recommended 7 hours of good quality sleep per night can cause your hormone production to be affected, leading to food cravings and an inability to lose weight.
To ensure you get a good nights sleep, try to relax before bed and switch off anything that could distract you during the night. Your phone for instance is no doubt a regular culprit.
So, looking through this list is there anything here that is stopping you from achieving your weight loss goals? If there is now is the time to make those necessary changes.