Published by Dan Jones on 31st August 2017
Why Am I Not Losing Weight?
Are you eating healthily and doing exercise, yet not losing as much weight as you would expect?
Having uncertainty about whether you are taking the right actions to achieve the results you want can ultimately stop you from sticking at it.
It is important to take into account some reasons why you may not be losing weight:
You Haven’t Given Yourself Enough Time
When you are starting out with new health behaviours, it is normal to expect to see small, yet significant results straight away. It can become discouraging when you are being disciplined and putting in lots of effort, yet you are not losing weight consistently. But it is important to focus on long-term, not short-term success. Give yourself time to settle into your new, healthier lifestyle and focus on developing the right habits, not just getting the results.
You are too Stressed
Your body does not make a distinction between emotional stress and physical stress. It can mean that stress from a work situation can create the same biological response as a threat of a physical attack. When you are stressed, the fight or flight hormone, called cortisol, gets released.As a result, your body is storing more fat because your body is in the stress fight or flight mode. Unfortunately, this promotes the storage of fat and worsens insulin resistance. Try to prevent as much stress as possible by being aware of when and why stress can arise for you and create an action plan reduce the stress, as it may be holding you back.
You Are Gaining Muscle
Looking at the scales does not tell the whole story. This is because the scales do not show when you are adding muscle and when you are losing fat. If you are feeling positive about your weight loss, yet it is not reflected in the reading from the scale, it is most likely that you have gained muscle, as well as losing fat. For reassurance, judge your progress by measuring your waist, hips, chest, arms and legs, or be aware of how you feel in your clothes.
You Don’t Have a Plan
You may know what to do, but you may not be disciplined to always stick to the plan. It is important to plan out your new exercise and nutrition goals and how you are going to achieve them, but also plan for failure. At some point, you are likely to return to your old bad habits, but it is important that you have a plan in place ready for when this happens. When you have gone off track, you can either say you have blown it and carry on with your bad eating habits, or you can have a plan in place that returns you to the right path as soon as possible. Plan for failure by setting out small incremental steps for re-engaging in good habits and try to avoid the all or nothing approach to a healthy lifestyle.
You are Eating Too Much
You may be eating the right things, yet you may be eating too much, too often. Nut butter may be a healthy source of fats, and so having 1 teaspoon of nut butter a day can benefit your health and aid fat loss and help regulate healthy hormone levels. On the other hand, eating too much nut butter will cause fat gain, and have a negative implication for your health. It is important to eat the right things, in the right amounts.
There are many reasons why when you look at the scales, your results do not reflect your effort. But take into account these factors and stick at it and you will achieve success with your weight loss goals.