The 5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing Weight

Have you been trying to lose weight for quite some time now and still aren’t having success? Are those extra pounds not wanting to drop? You are not alone, a lot of people are finding it more and more difficult to lose weight these days, but here are some reasons why you aren’t having any weight loss success:

You’re eating more than you think – it may seem as if you are eating healthier and better, but just be careful – you could be eating more calories than what you were before. This comes down to the personal belief that you can eat more food when the food is healthier. While healthy foods such as salads, vegetables, chicken, fish and nuts, are packed full of nutrients, fibres, proteins and minerals, they still can contain quite a pack full of calories. The trick is to eat a fist full of food every 2-3 hours, to keep your calories under control and your metabolism running high.

You aren’t exercising enough – exercise is absolutely essential to losing weight. When you burn more calories than you consume you start burning fat, which ends in weight loss, but that is not it. Exercise builds muscle which also helps to burn fat, and raises your metabolism so even when you aren’t exercising you are still enhancing your weight loss. This is why it is important to exercise whenever you can, but aim to do a good workout for at least 30 minutes every 2-3 days.

You’re treating yourself too frequently – it’s recommended by many to treat yourself with a high-calorie, high-fat treat when you have achieved a certain goal or exercise. However, make sure you aren’t treating yourself more than once a week or you could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Even better, instead of treating yourself with food, treat yourself with a new bikini or outfit, so that you can continue to work towards your goal without thinking that junk food is the reward.

You’re putting too much pressure on yourself – when you put too much pressure on yourself to achieve a certain goal, such as losing 10 pounds in 3 weeks, you are placing unneeded stress on yourself which can lead to comfort eating and binging. Stress can also interfere with your body’s ability to release insulin, which essentially could stop you from burning fat and losing weight.

You’re not getting enough sleep – getting enough sleep during the night is essential in keeping your metabolism running strong throughout the day, having enough energy to move around and get things done, and prevent yourself from going off track. If you don’t get the 7-8 hours sleep that you need then you’re more likely to eat more food in order to gain more energy.