Are you asking yourself the question “Why aren’t I losing weight?” Trying to lose weight can be incredibly frustrating, when you believe you are doing everything right. You are following exactly what the magazine article said, or what the celebrity diet listed, but it’s not working!
I get it! I know the feeling and I have been there. It is so hard to know what to eat when everywhere you look there are different messages and different diets. Here are some of the common pitfalls and mistakes that happen.
Top 7 answers to the question ‘Why aren’t I losing weight?’
1. You think you’re eating healthy, but really you aren’t.
Are you following some low carb, low fat, calorie counting diet. Does your diet consist of lots of packaged supermarket items, filled with all sorts of ingredients, additives, preservatives and whatever else?? Eating a diet containing foods like this is not going to make you healthy, and is not going to help you lose weight. All it will do is add to the stress of your digestive system, overload your body with toxins and chemicals and you will remain the same, no matter how little amount of calories you eat and how much you exercise.
Unless you make life easy for your body by eating real food, getting the right amount of exercise in and sleeping well, you will remain the same. Also when you reduce calories, eat crap and over train, you just become more fatigued and run down as you try and stick to some crazy magazine/celebrity diet. So stop eating crap food, start shopping around the outside edge of the supermarket, and eat a diet that is full of good quality vegetables, proteins, quality fats, nuts and some fruit. Read my post here on clean eating – what is clean eating? and also Eating healthy – What is it?
Learn to cook, I am dedicated to bringing you recipes all the time using quality clean real food. So start to enjoy cooking and actually eat healthy food. Not the food that has a shiny wrapper saying it is healthy.
2. You’re Stessed.
When your body is stressed it produces cortisol. This is a natural fight or flight hormone. It reduces insulin resistance and promotes the storage of fat. Think back to cave man days when the body was stressed. Triggers of stress may have included being chased by tigers or having no food or shelter, so the body would protect itself by increasing cortisol levels and therefore holding onto any body fat for protection.
With today’s modern world we have so many more stresses that increase our cortisol levels. Work stress, emotional stress, physical stress, financial stress, relationship stress. They all have the same impact on our body. No matter where the stress is coming from the body still reacts the same. Our bodies havn’t changed since we evolved 200,000 years ago. Stress is stress and back then it meant life or death! Today your body thinks the same. So if you havn’t got the right balance in your life and you are stressed, start to pay attention.
If you are stressed you are more likely to hold on to that fat and store it.
3. Carbohydrates and Insulin
Too much carbohydrates in your diet will blow out your insulin levels. This means you will also struggle to lose weight. Our aim is to keep insulin low, so that we turn our bodies into a fat burning machine! Get rid of all the processed foods, crappy carbohydrates and too much fruit. Start to think about your portion sizes, and getting your carbohydrates from much healthier sources such as vegetables. Make sure that every meal has some protein, quality fats and the rest being good quality carbohydrates. Check out this podcast here on portion sizes for weight loss.
4. Muscle verses Fat
Muscle is much denser than fat, so you can shrink in dress sizes, get more toned and lean and still remain the same weight. So don’t let the scales be your only indication of success. Photos are powerful, so are measurements, how your clothing fits and just how you feel.
Scales can be very useful, but don’t use them as your only source to check your success.
5. You’re not moving.
It’s about making your entire life more active. So include more activity into your week. Walk more, include low levels of activity that don’t stress your body and increase cortisol levels every hour of every day. Walking is fantastic, so is yoga.
You need to get the balance right. If you train too much your body will hold onto any extra fat. It is about training smarter and not harder. So you need to include some HIIT (high intensity interval training) into your weeks to make your body stronger, faster, leaner and boost that metabolism.
Also do some resistance training to build muscle and keep your body strong and then move more at low intensity, play and be active.
Enjoy life, get outdoors. When you get this balance right along with rest, sleep and eating right you will be able to get the benefits. For a complete solution to get you moving and exercising at home, check out my online gym www.foreverfit.tv/online-gym
6. You’re not getting enough sleep.
Sleep is where it all happens. If you aren’t getting enough sleep you will have elevated cortisol levels. Sleeping in a dark room and getting quality deep sleep each and every night without disturbance is your aim. Fat burning and muscle development all occur in a deep sleep, so no matter how hard you work out and how good your food is, if you aren’t getting adequate sleep and rest days you aren’t going to be able to lose weight. Check out my post here on Can sleep help me lose weight
How long have you been overweight? You don’t want to rush the weight loss, because the faster it comes off, the faster it will come back on again. That’s why diets, detoxes and quick fixes don’t work! You want to lose weight at a safe and manageable rate. After all when that weight comes off the last thing in the world you want is to put that weight back on.
TV programs like ‘The Biggest Loser ‘can affect your perception. These guys go through a dramatic change in a short time frame or so it seems on TV. However DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO THIS!! It is TV!!! It is not realistic. It is not real life. It’s about you and your life, and making changes that help you get in the best shape. New habits, new routines.
So we don’t want to rush the process. It takes 21 days to form a new habit (apparently) so eating healthy and getting your body strong and active is a long term journey, not a quick fix. Then when you do it right, you lose weight and you will also allow your body to get used to this new weight. If you rush it, it will just jump straight back up to where it has spent most of its time.
It is not about starving yourself, it’s about a healthy lifestyle that you can commit to, making healthy new habits, and having exercise a part of your daily routine.
So give it time. Trust that you are on the right path not only for weight loss but for overall health and vitality.
Do not give up!
Asking yourself ‘Why aren’t I losing weight’ can be immensely frustrating. Remember I am here to help you. If you are finding it all too much, and you are not getting the results you want or deserve for the amount of effort you are putting in, I can help.