5 Reasons You May Not Be Losing Weight
5 Reasons You May Not Be Losing Weight
How baffling is it when you can't get in shape? You have been eating right and exercising daily, yet the numbers on the scale don't seem to move.
Researching online or meeting with certified dietitian nutritionists can only help you by giving you one of these five reasons as to your inability to lose any more weight. Weight loss not only exhausts your body, but your mind too, and imagine the amount of stress you might feel when you are not losing weight. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of top five reasons you might have stopped losing weight:
- You're Cutting Too Many Calories
Cutting back on calories does not always mean you are losing weight. You need to understand the difference between calorie deficit and depriving your body of the calorie necessary for survival. When you create a calorie deficit, you are still offering your body the necessary amount of food it needs to work. However, when you are denying it food, your body’s metabolism dials back too. This leads to an increase in the production of a hormone called ghrelin, which enhances your craving for sweet, salty, and oily food that leads to weight gain . For weight loss and maintenance, you need to consume healthy food and you have to stop restricting your body from getting the calorie it needs and it will no longer binge or overcompensate with unhealthy food.
- You're Overeating Healthy Food
Eating too much healthy food is also bad. People who are trying to lose weight by overeating too much healthy food have also complained that they are gaining weight after an initial period of weight loss. You need to always keep a check on the amount of healthy food that you are consuming until you get the hang of it. For healthy weight loss, you don’t have to gorge on healthy alternatives and give up carbs and sugar. Moderation is the key. Always remember that.
- You're Eating More Than You Might Suspect
We neglect to heed to the amount of food or calories we are consuming with every meal . We disregard the concept of a small portion or eating anything in limitation. No matter whether you are eating healthy or unhealthy food, always make sure that you are measuring the amount of food and calories you have consumed throughout the day. You can either do this by maintaining a food diary or by downloading mobile applications that allow you to keep track of your calorie intake in your weight loss journey.
Stress influences our eating, exercise, and sleep quality more frequently than we would like to accept. Stress also influences our cortisol levels, which makes it difficult for us to lose weight. If your eating routine is worrying you, then chances are you might be more worried and gain weight rather than losing. You need not panic or be obsessive about following your diet. Stick to practicing good eating habits to get thinner.
- You're Not Getting Sufficient Rest
Most studies suggest we need at least 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Lack of proper rest and quality sleep can cause us to feel lethargic, and hazy throughout the following day. Our body then craves food that is high in sugar or oil content to make up for losing energy due to lack of sleep. It becomes undeniably challenging to eat healthily and pay attention to our craving signals when we're sleepless, tired, and moody.
You need to get to bed on time and eliminate things that might prevent you from falling asleep early. This means reducing the time you might spend in front of the TV, mobile, or even reading late at night. You can try aromatherapy, light music, or meditating applications to help you sleep better.
Weight loss is not an effortless task and ignoring your bodily signs only makes it that much harder. Understand your body, mind, and soul and design a plan around them.
You can’t get your body in shape if your mind is cloudy or you can’t sync your body and mind if your soul is not into it. So, till then keep on meditating and working out to lose weight, gain insight, and heal your soul.