9 Reasons Why You Are Not Loosing Weight
Weight loss ain't as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of determination and hard work to achieve that. If you are not able to see results inspite of your efforts then you must be doing things that cover up your efforts and you end up with seeing no visible results. With doing things like exercising regularly, eating healthy food and watching yourself over junk food, there are other factors that come into play.
Try to figure out what you are doing that is also effecting your body in addition to your weight loss efforts. Also check out the listed traps if you are falling for any or all of these. Eliminate any bad patterns that you were doing unknowingly or knowingly and stick to your weight loss regimen, to begin seeing results in short time.
Eating More Of Something Just Because It's Healthier
If you wonder that you have cut out all processed junk food and eat all organic, but not loosing any weight. Then you are organically growing your waistline. Watch out your portions, identify your body food ( calorie and nutrients ) requirements. Then plan your meals, adapt to those food habits slowly and steadily.
Drinking Less Water
Drinking minimum 8 glasses of water a day speeds up your metabolism, leaves less room in your stomach for food, reduces the risk of a heart attack, keeps headache at bay and detoxifies your body. Actually the benefit list is endless.
Drinking water increases the amount of calories you burn, which is known as resting energy expenditure. A study of overweight women examined the effects of increasing water intake to over 1 liter per day. They found that over a 12 month period, this resulted in an extra 5 lbs of weight loss without any other lifestyle changes ( no exercise and no dieting ), these results are very impressive. Only water inclusion in your daily routine can do that much.
If you drink water before meals that would help even more to get less calories inside your body. Keep in mind that you also get water from many foods and beverages too. Water itself is totally calorie free, helps you burn more calories and suppress your appetite if consumed before meals.
Now, you know what to do.
Having proper and filling meals is one necessary requirement for successful weight loss. Not only will it provide nutrients required by body but also keep you away from stray unhealthy eating. Specially when you are exercising ( for weight loss ) proper nutrition is required to keep body in a healthy place. Only when you have sufficient energy then you can work with your body for your goals.
Remember in school when our teacher told us to chew our food slowly before swallowing? Turns out, our teachers were so darn right. Researches have proved that your food gets assimilated better if you eat slowly. Our stomach takes at least 20 minutes to let our brain know that it is full. When we eat fast, we have already eaten way more before brain could actually figure out that we are full. Which is not good at all if we are aiming for weight loss. So back to basics, eat slowly and enjoy your food to the fullest.
Staying Up Late
Sleeping for adequate number of hours is called 'beauty sleep' for a reason. Your body can only function well, repair itself, be healthy and look healthy only if get at least 7 hours of sleep every single day. Depriving yourself of a healthy sleep is simply not good for your intention to lose weight or your overall health.
Sleep deprivation causes the imbalance of two hormones in your body called leptin and ghrelin. Leptin sends signals to brain that you are full after you eat, and ghrelin stimulates hunger. Due to lack of sleep, the quantity of leptin decreases in your body, and the ghrelin levels increase. And, you indulge in late-night eating habits. It would be best if you sleep and wake up around the same time daily ( a few goof ups is ok ). This will set your biological clock on track. Which will be highly beneficial for your weight loss goals.
Changing Your Diet Plan Too Often
So your friend started this GM diet and it worked for her. And another one had Raw Food Diet and it worked for her too. There are Vegans out there who lost weight too. And now you are confused about which one to go after. Well don't do that. Not everything works on everyone. Just consult your dietitian. Get recommendations on what would work for your body, lifestyle and goals. Changing your diet too often is not gonna show any results on your body.
With professional help pick the diet or build a plan with elements from different diets that will work for you. There will always be something or the other coming up. Just know what works for you and stick to it. And you'll be good to go.
Pampering Yourself With Fat Free And Sugar Free Foods
Don’t be surprised when you don’t lose an inch or a pound even after replacing sugar in your food with sugar free or eating fat free. Trust me it is better to have a slice of normally sweetened cake rather than eating an entire cake that is so called 'sugar free'. Moreover, these sugar free alternatives are even worse than the sugar, they bring their own sets of problems. Fat free may be free of oil or butter but contain as many calories through other ingredients. So please DO NOT ever fall for sugar free and fat free.
If you can not live without junk food, then go for cheat meals. Eat healthy otherwise every single day all meals, snacks and drinks but keep cheat meals or cheat days for satisfying your cravings or when you're going out and would like to eat there. Even if you eat fatty food or sugary food at least you know what you are eating and could later work on that. But with false sense of health with fat free and sugar free foods you often eat unhealthy without any realization or guilt.
This could be one of the reasons your weighing scale may not be moving even if you are working out sincerely.
Taking A High Protein Diet
Proteins are often good part of weight loss diet. If you take more than the required amount, those proteins get stored in the body as fat. So taking proteins in form of high protein bars and shakes every time your hungry is not a good idea. Have only required set portions in your meals and don't do complete protein meals.
Set yourself a balanced diet, and make your dietitian/nutritionist work a balanced diet chart for you at different phases of weight loss plus post weight loss diet chart. Follow that when you need to instead of giving into impulse eating.
Setting Unrealistic Goals
Weight loss goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Realistic well planned weight loss goals will always keep you healthy, focused and motivated. They provide a plan for change as you transition to a healthier lifestyle. Whereas unrealistic and aggressive goals are going to do just the opposite and may harm your body. Pushing your body too fast and deprivation of food to attain quick results are a big no no. We are aiming for loosing fat while maintaining health of our body.
Set realistic goals taking in account all things like your body, your lifestyle, habits, extent of weight loss you're looking for it's always wise to seek professional help to determine what would be the best plan for you to loose weight in a healthy way. Keeping track of your weight loss program can help you evaluate your progress and stay motivated.