Despite your efforts there seems to be something stopping you from losing weight, but what?
Find out some common reasons why you are unable to reach your weight loss goals.
#1 – Incorrectly counting calories
Did you know that only 10% of Americans are able to correctly estimate their calorie requirements, which can lead to an overestimation that will reduce your chances of losing weight.
Just an extra 100-200 calories every day can make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things.
When estimating how many calories you should be eating daily you cannot just use your height and weight as a guide, you will have to count other factors too including your age, your activity levels and any possible medical conditions.
#2 – You are not exercising
Although you running errands all day or chasing after your kids you need to understand that you may not have burnt off the necessary amount of calories.
You may be tired after a long hard day but you still need to find the time to exercise, even if it is just for 20-30 minutes. Just make sure whatever you do is performed as intensely as possible, otherwise you are just wasting your time.
Even if you do exercise perhaps you are not getting the rewards from exercise that you should. Perhaps your body has got used to your current routine so every now and then you should attempt to mix things up and try a new exercise or workout.
#3 – You are not eating as healthily as you think
Even when eating healthily you need to remember portion sizes. Even the healthiest of foods, such as an avocado for example contain calories, 300 in this instance.
Also seemingly healthy foods bought in restaurants or the local supermarket are another danger.
For instance a salad in a restaurant may be smothered in salt or a condiment that can significantly increase your calorie intake, while sugar-free and fat-free products often contain more calories than their seemingly less healthy counterparts.
The trick is to always read the label and compare which is the better option for you.
#4 – You don’t even realise you are eating
Some people don’t even realise the amount of food they eat when watching TV or listening to their favourite music.
If possible try to only eat while at the table with all other distractions switched off.
#5 – You aren’t eating enough
If you are not eating enough then your metabolism may stall. Really your calorie intake should never be lower than 1200 calories per day.
You should also never skip meals as this can lead to you overeating at the other mealtimes.
#6 – You don’t drink enough
Not drinking enough can lead to mild dehydration that can slow your metabolic rate, and as we all know your metabolism is key to burning off those calories.
Research suggests that you should drink 8 or more glasses of water a day, but the rule of thumb is to drink when you are thirsty and to try and keep your urine clear to pale yellow.
The best drink is obviously water as this contains zero calories and you should avoid those caffeinated drinks or those containing full fat milk and sugar. Alcohol is also high in calories so moderation should be observed.
#7 – You are not getting enough sleep
A lack of sleep can result in your body producing more of the hormone cortisol. This is a stress hormone that in high levels can make weight loss difficult to achieve.
To prevent cortisol build up you should aim to get a minimum of 8 hours sleep per night.
#8 – You have not set any goals
If you have not set any weight loss goals or have set unrealistic ones then failing to reach them can make you want to quit.
To avoid this occurrence try to set achievable small goals; for instance instead of setting a goal of 20 pounds lost in a month set a weekly goal of 2 pounds.
Just remember that these small goals will soon mount up to a large change in your weight and your appearance.