Six Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Most people think that losing weight is all about controlling your calories and and exercising. It’s much more complex than that though. Here are 5 new reasons why you’re not losing weight.
1.You’re not eating as healthy as you think
Maybe you buy all your food from health food stores, or from the organic aisle of the supermarket, but if it still consists of mostly diet sodas, low-fat anything, and a whole bunch of ‘organic’ chips, sweets and / or chocolates and gluten free bread, pasta etc, then you’re still just feeding an addiction and consuming empty calories. It might ease your guilt a little because you’re buying it from a ‘healthy store’ but let’s get real, these things aren’t real food. Our advice is to stick to real food. Vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, meats – real, tangible foods.
2.You’re Doing the Wrong Workout
Many people turn to steady-state cardio workouts, like long jogs, when trying to slim down. The problem with this approach: A 45-minute run at a consistent pace may help you shed pounds at first, but soon your metabolism will adjust and you’ll stop burning calories the moment you hop off the treadmill.
3.You’re snacking on the wrong foods
“For some people, snacking is better and for other it’s a catastrophe,” Sharma says. That’s because some snackers are better at planning ahead while others are more impulsive and head straight to the vending machine when hunger strikes. The key to healthy snacking is to nosh in a controlled way and not to graze just because you’re feeling peckish.
4.Too Many Liquid Calories
Liquids will not make you feel full. It’s double jeopardy because you will still eat enough calories to make you feel satisfied. Fruit juice, soft drinks, sports drinks, and alcohol will destroy your weight loss goals. Ditch them. If you must have them opt for sugar free or diet varieties and limit alcohol to 1-3 drinks per week. For many people this alone will be enough to see a significant difference in weight and energy levels within 2 weeks.
5.Not Drinking Enough Water
When you’re dehydrated, your kidneys can’t function properly, so the body turns to the liver for additional support. Because the liver is working so hard, more of the fat you consume is stored rather than burned off.
6.You’re chained to your desk.
A sedentary workday could be destroying your weight loss goals without you even realizing it. Studies show that sitting for an exorbitant amount of time at work can lead to weight gain. Try prioritizing breaks, scheduling mobile meetings and even going for a longer walk at lunchtime. Bonus: There are huge well-being perks to gain from the activity as well.