Top 9 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight
You are dieting but not losing weight? Well here are the top 9 reasons why you are not losing weight!
1) You might be losing without realizing it
If you feel that you have hit a weight loss plateau, then I guess you need not worry. It is quite common for your weighing scale to refuse to budge for days or weeks altogether. This doesn’t indicate that you are not losing fat. Body weight can fluctuate by a few kilos based on the foods you consume, the body’s hormones and water retention.
One of the possibilities can be that you are gaining muscle while losing fat. This can happen if you have just begun working out. This is something positive as it is body fat that you really want to lose not just weight. Instead of the weighing scale measure your waist circumference. The mirror and your clothes can also do all the talking.
2) You are not watching what you eat
Lots of people are clueless about how much they are eating. Watching what you eat helps in weight loss. Those who maintain food diaries or click pics of their meals are the ones losing weight more consistently.
3) Your protein consumption is less
For weight loss you need to eat protein. Getting 25-30% of the calories from protein can help boost metabolism. It reduces cravings and the desire for having snacks. This is partly due to protein’s effects on appetite regulating hormones like ghrelin.
Breakfast is the meal in which you need to load up on protein. High protein breakfasts leave you less hungry during the rest of the day with fewer cravings. Keeping your protein intake high can help prevent metabolic slowdown, which is a common side effect of weight loss. It may also prevent regain of weight.
4) You aren’t doing weight training
When you really want to lose weight, you have to do some resistance training which is lifting weights. It helps in holding on to your muscle mass, which gets burned up along with fat if you don’t exercise. Lifting weights prevents metabolic slowdown.
5) You don’t do cardio
Cardio, which includes running, swimming and jogging has earned a bad reputation. However, it is the best ways of improving general health. It burn belly fat pretty well!
6) You are not sleeping right
7) You don’t drink sufficient water
Drinking the right amount of water is essential for weight loss. Staying hydrated is important for general well being too. Drinking water is known to boost the number of calories burned.
8) Your alcohol consumption is too high
If you want to lose weight but can’t let go of alcohol, it would be best to stick to vodka (spirits). Beer, wine and other alcohols are too high in calories. Studies on alcohol and weight gain have mixed results, while moderate drinking may seem fine heavy drinking results in weight gain.
9) You don’t eat mindfully
Mindful eating is regarded as one of the most powerful weight loss tools. You need to eat slowly, enjoying each bite and listen to your body. Several studies have shown that mindful eating can cause a lot of weight loss.
Here are a few tips:
- Eat without distractions-just you and your food
- Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly
- Be aware of the various smells, colours, flavours and textures
- If you feel that you are satiated, drink water and stop eating
Hope you found this post useful!
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