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8 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

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Losing Weight can be HARD! Check out these 8 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight to see if any of this sneaky things are tripping you up!

Losing weight is tough! We’ve all been there… we’re watching what we eat, we’re working out hard but that dang scale just won’t budge! It can be seriously frustrating! But I’m here to help with some common and not so common missteps that we all make!

Check out these 8 reasons why you’re not losing weight and get that scale moving in the right direction again!

Losing Weight can be HARD! Check out these 8 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight to see if any of this sneaky things are tripping you up!

#1 Office Sedation –Do you work at a desk all day? If you work hard and are zoned in all day in front of a computer, try getting up at least once an hour as it will help increase your metabolism by 18%. Or just become a fidgeter and increase your metabolism by 54%

#2 Not Getting Enough Sleep!! –This is a BIG one folks! Have you ever noticed that after a rough night with little sleep the next day your willpower is zilch and you keep reaching for sugar and carbs. There are actual scientific tests that prove that a lack of sleep causes your body to go into a carb and fat craving survival mode. YIKES! Try going to bed 7.5 hours prior to when you need to wake up. If you normally wake up on your own you can work with 7 hours but if you need an alarm then shoot for 8+ hours. Maybe try this on a night when you’re NOT already playing catch up.

#3 Eating Too Quickly…SLOW Down! –You’re not racing and there are no awards for finishing first! Take the time to savor and enjoy every bite of your food! This will help your body send signals to your brain that you are full SOONER, before you have already overeaten.

Losing Weight can be HARD! Check out these 8 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight to see if any of this sneaky things are tripping you up!

#4 Skipping Meals –You will NOT save calories by skipping meals EVER! It only causes your body to go into starvation mode, making you hungrier and more likely to overeat at your next meal. Plus skipping meals will seriously lower your metabolism! Eating smaller meals throughout the day will keep your metabolism revved up all day.

#5 Mindless Eating –We are ALL guilty of this–your kid didn’t finish their lunch so you eat those last few bites of PB&J so it doesn’t go to waste. Or you just have a handful of M&M’s while you’re standing in the pantry trying to figure out what to make for dinner. Sound Familiar? Those small, seemingly harmless splurges can add up and derail your progress. Stay focused! Make sure you are always aware of what you’re putting in your mouth. (That’s what she said…) I know you were thinking . 😉

 

#6 Too Many Liquid Calories–One recent study found that Americans get 21% of their calories from liquids! That is crazy! Do yourself a favor and DON’T drink your calories! Unless it’s one of my yummy healthy protein shakes 😉

Here are some Common Beverage Caloric Stats — They add up fast folks!

  • 12-ounce light beer: at 110 calories
  • 12-ounce regular beer: 160 calories
  • 8-ounce coffee with cream and sugar: 30 calories
  • 5 ounces of wine: 120-130 calories
  • 6-ounce wine spritzer: 80 calories
  • 12-ounce diet soda: 0 calories
  • 12-ounce soda: 150 calories
  • 20-ounce smoothie: 410 calories
Losing Weight can be HARD! Check out these 8 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight to see if any of this sneaky things are tripping you up!
 #7 Under-Estimating Your Caloric Intake –Oh, Dwight… On this one, you speak the truth! Make sure you know how many calories you should be consuming. And stick to it! Keep a food journal which helps eliminate mindless eating. Although I disagree with the recommended calorie intake numbers Fitness Pal spits out, I do think it is an awesome tool for keeping track of your daily caloric intake. Try this website HERE to find a more realistic idea of how many calories you should be consuming! 1200 Calories is NOT a realistic goal for an active person! (Which is what Fitness Pal will tell you).#8 You’re Overestimating Your Caloric Burn –Just cause you killed it at the gym and the elliptical says you burned 600+ calories does not mean that those numbers are accurate. The only way to get an accurate account of calories burned is to invest in a Heart Rate Monitor, this can easily be accomplished with any of the fitness watches now available on the market.

BONUS: #9: Hormonal Imbalance –This is often a factor for women although men can be affected too. If you are doing all the right things and your scale is not budging, get your hormones checked! I found out recently that my testosterone levels were way out of whack, which can make your body very resistant to losing weight. This can make a big difference but it’s hard to know if your hormones are a problem unless you get them checked.

Well, there you have it. Good luck and keep up the good work! If you keep doing the work, make the above tweaks and don’t give up, the results WILL come. A Weight loss journey is just that– a journey! It takes time and hard work to see BIG results. But every day you’re getting stronger and closer to your goal. So keep at it! 🙂

 

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