Weight loss is difficult and I am afraid that if anyone tells you otherwise they are lying to you.
No doubt when you first decide to lose weight the weight seemingly was falling off you with little effort, but as each week has passed you have noticed that these losses have stalled.
What is the reason for this? Well, unfortunately you have hit a weight loss plateau. And there could be a number of reasons why this occurs.
Lets look at some reasons why you have stopped losing weight.
#1: You are not taking care with portion sizes
No doubt you have decided to cut back on junk food, while increasing your intake of healthy foods, but you need to remember that even healthy foods have calories.
If you are overeating then you could be consuming many more calories than you really need.
It can be boring measuring each portion but it will surely be worth the effort. Estimating your portion sizes only leads to overeating.
#2: You are having too many treats
We would certainly not recommend cutting all treats from your diet, after-all they can help keep cravings at bay.
However, if you are treating yourself too often then this can derail your other efforts entirely.
I would suggest that you try to keep your junk food or treat consumption to below 10% each day.
#3: You are not as active as you think
Yes, you may workout regularly, but what else do you do?
If you spend the majority of your day sat on your behind then you are not burning as many calories as you could.
Sitting all day is not good for your weight or your overall health, so if possible try to move around a bit or at the very least try to stand more often.
You would be surprised at how many extra calories this simple act could help you burn.
#4: You are not eating right for working out
Exercise is essential for good health and can help your weight loss efforts, yet if you are not eating the right kinds of food then you are probably not going to be able to give 100% when you do work out.
Eating foods that are too heavy or rich before a meal can leave you feeling too full to move, so instead of a plate full of pasta opt for some fruit or a handful of nuts instead.
These foods can help keep your hunger at bay during the workout, while also giving you the energy boost you need too.
#5: You don’t workout consistently
To ensure you exercise often and regularly then you need to make sure it becomes a habit.
This means that you should try not to skip any planned workouts. If you do then chances are you are going to skip more in the future.
#6: You don’t give yourself time to recover
Working out regularly is important but so is giving your body time to recover.
You cannot workout every day and not give your body chance to repair any damage, this will only lead to your breaking down entirely.
What you eat is also important for recovery, so aim to consume lean protein sources as this will aid the repair of damaged muscle fibres.
If you feel as though you have hit a weight loss plateau, check if any of the above reasons are to blame. Make the necessary changes and stick with it, you will soon see the numbers on the scale start to drop.