You’re eating healthy, but yet are not losing any weight. Why is this?
In this article, we will be disussing 10 reasons why you are not losing weight as effectively as you’d like.
#1 – You’re Consuming Too Much Sugary Drinks
Did you know that fruit juices and smoothies often contain quite a lot of calories? Having yourself a couple of glasses per day can quickly add up to 300 excess calories!
Therefore, I would recommend being critical of your intake of soft drinks.
#2 – You’re Not Aware of Your Intake
A second reason why you are unable to lose weight, might be the fact that you are eating more than you think. An example would be that lovely cookie you’re having with your coffee every day.
What about tasting your cooking or cleaning your butter knife from spreads by licking it off?
If you add everything together, you will quickly reach a few hundred calories that you might not be counting. This can therefore result in you failing to lose weight at the rate that you want.
#3 – You’re Too Hard on Yourself
Another problem that often occurs, is that you’re way too hard on yourself throughout the week. Then in the weekend, people tend to step way out of line.
It starts very slowly, for example by having one small cheat meal. Next thing you know, you’re pigging out on weekends. This can cause a huge calorie intake, preventing you to lose weight.
In other words: don’t be too hard on yourself throughout the week. By doing so, you will prevent falling back during weekends. Also, try not to have any cheat meals whatsoever.
#4 – Healthy Foods Also Contain Calories
This is something that a lot of people tend to forget. Healthy products, such as an avocado, do also contain calories.
What about olive oil? One tablespoon contains roughly 90 calories! It is important to keep this in mind, as it all counts towards your total calorie intake.
#5 – You’re Eating Too Fast
You may have noticed that eating very fast allows you to consume way more when compared to taking your time during a meal. This has to do with the fact that your body needs some time to register your food intake. If you eat too fast, you might consume more calories than your really need.
Take your time when having a meal. Focus on the taste, the structure and the smell of your food. Have a few sips of water after a few bites, and if your plate is empty, wait a couple of minutes before you’re entering round two.
#6 – You’re Stressed
You might have experienced this yourself. When you’ve had a rough night or you’re entering a stressful period at work, our cravings for unhealthy food increases .
It can be difficult to abstain from unhealthy eating, as you are truly craving for a snack. It’s literally comfort food.
#7 – You Need Less Food
Did you know that losing weight results in you needing fewer calories to stay the same weight? It’s logical when you think about it for a second, but it is also something that a lot of people forget.
Prominent scientist Kevin Hall, has calculated that your energy requirement decreases with 13.5 calories per pound that you lose .
This may not seem like a lot, but losing 20 lbs can quickly add up to 270 calories that your body doesn’t need anymore. This translates to half of an average dinner.
Furthermore, this drop means that you permanently have to consume 270 fewer calories in order to stay the same weight.
Well, you could also go running for 40 minutes every day, but that’s up to you. Nonetheless, this isn’t something that anyone can do, and therefore it is important to note that your weight loss progression comes with a decrease of your caloric needs.
#8 – You’re Too Confident
If you want to lose weight, you will need to eat healthy and start working out. This requires a lot of motivation and determination. Well, this is thought to be the case by many. However, this is proven to be quite a misconception.
An interesting study had several test persons write down the amount of craving they felt throughout the day.
Respondents that claimed to have the highest amount of willpower had fewer cravings . This probably has to do with the fact that these people have better habits. Therefore, they are able to control themselves more.
This is something that I firmly stand behind. You can be motivated to do something, but if you’re not actively implementing certain habits in your life, willpower and motivation won’t be enough .
An important conclusion that can be drawn from this study, is that healthy behavior and self-control is more about learning good habits, rather than solely having faith in willpower.
In other words: you will need to actively teach yourself certain habits.
#9 – Eating More Because You’re Working Out
Working out in itself is often not effective when it comes to losing weight. This might sound contradicting, as working out causes calories to be burnt.
Nonetheless, working out can result in becoming more lazy. Imagine this: you’ve just given everything in the gym and your energy is fully depleted. What do you want to do next?
It’s very common if you just want to lie down and do nothing for the rest of the day. This may result in less physical activity overall.
Next, you will want to make sure that you consume enough calories, since the muscles in your body need sustenance.
Needless to say, working out in itself is not the most effective way to lose weight. Calorie intake however, is. Combine physical activity with an adequate calorie intake, and you will be golden.
#10 – You Have No Tangible Goal
Last but not least, could be the fact that you don’t have a goal. Maybe you do have a goal, but it’s still vague. This increases risks of you losing motivation and therefore progress.
In other words: having a goal is extremely important if you want to see results.