It is common knowledge that reducing the amounts you eat will eventually lead to weight loss, which is why diets exist. They promise you that you will shed those annoying pounds, especially if you have been struggling for a while.
However, sometimes those results you envisioned fail to happen because you step on the weighing scale after a few months of dieting and find that nothing has changed.
It is frustrating trying to figure out where you may have gone wrong. However, it can happen – and you need to rethink the strategy you are currently using. Here are 9 possible reasons you might not be shedding those pounds.
It is normal human nature to want to reward yourself after accomplishing some hard work or tasks, and the same goes for going to the gym or staying away from unhealthy food.
However, rewarding yourself can also go wrong because you either treat yourself too much or reward yourself with the wrong foods that undid all the hard work you just did.
It is a common mistake to overestimate the calories you have burnt in your exercise routine and then eat too much in your diet plan, which impedes the progress you made. It is important to keep a close eye on what you eat, even after a gym session, and control the tasty treats you give yourself.
Remember, discipline is a huge part of the weight loss journey.
2. Failing to sleep enough
The importance of sleep is grossly underrated but you might not know it plays a role in weight management. You might think that reducing your sleep to go for a run or workout session is great, but it will only reduce the benefits you get from exercise.
Lack of sufficient sleep actually hinders your weight loss, reduces metabolism, and gives you more cravings, the body’s way of dealing with cortisol, the stress hormone, as well as decreasing leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full.
3. Taking too many sugary drinks
It is easy to forget that fluids have a huge impact on weight management, as the focus tends to be on foods and exercise. However, sugary drinks like tasty coffees or carbonated drinks for a weekend will only add more calories to your body.
It is very important to remember that even diet drinks are very bad for your diet goals and health due to the artificial sweeteners, so it is best to avoid them entirely and stick to safer drinks such as water.
4. You do not use portion control
You could be eating plenty of low-fat foods that are healthy, but the benefits you could get in terms of weight loss are non-existent because you do not regulate the portions you eat. Too much of a good thing is bad for you, and the same case applies to food. So take care regarding the amounts you consume.
5. You skip meals or eat too little
On the other hand, skipping meals and restricting too much is bad for your weight management process. This is because the natural inclination of the body is to guard itself, so that means it will shift into conservation mode when it fails to receive sufficient nutrients, and it will hoard the food reserves in the form of fat.
It is similar to how animals prepare to hibernate. Because they use less energy in the winter, their bodies go into conservation mode and store any food they eat as fat for the season.
6. The diet you consume is too limited
There is a good reason why fad diets never work in the long term, as well as extreme dieting. It cuts out too many essential nutrients or food groups and fails to substitute them effectively, which negatively impacts the weight loss process.
While it is important to eliminate unhealthy fats and foods to gain benefits from weight loss, it is also unhealthy to eliminate essential food groups.
It will be very difficult to sustain the diet, and will also lead to craving of certain foods.
7. You fail to change up your workouts
Exercise routines can get boring, even for the body. It is easy to fall into ruts regarding your routines, and the body fails to get the most from them. In addition, you no longer feel excited to workout, which increases the chances of the body slipping into a sedimentary status and eliminating the possible benefits it could get from exercise.
Even when you exercise and workout, it is important to push yourself and your body and you can do this by changing your workouts and increasing your intensity. The results will eventually come, but it will happen as long as you are consistent in your goals and find activities you enjoy.
8. The development of medical conditions
There are many medical conditions that lead to weight gain, such as imbalances in hormone levels and thyroid issues. In addition, you may probably have a hidden food intolerance or allergy, which makes it hard for you to lose weight, due to medication.
If you are struggling to lose weight, talk to your doctor about it and seek their advice, as certain medication can have the side effect of increasing weight gain.
9. You fail to drink enough water
Water is essential in weight management because of a variety of reasons. It suppresses the appetite and helps you eat less (because the body will often confuse dehydration for hunger), while cold water boosts metabolism and curbs sugar cravings.
In addition, water plays a vital role in organ function and helping you stay hydrated during exercise, which helps in weight loss.
Losing weight is a journey that can be frustrating at times, especially when it is not going as well as you wanted. You might eventually find that you are sabotaging your own progress, but knowing the cause can help you resolve the problem, and get back to your weight loss program.
Jack Seal is a fanatic reader and ‘experimenter’ of the latest diet fads and tips to see what works and what doesn’t. As someone who had weight issues since young, he has come a long way to get into his current fit form.