10 Reasons why You are not Losing Weight

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“I want to lose weight this year”.  Does this statement sound familiar? Do you find that at the beginning of each year this particular resolution always makes your list? You start off the year with great enthusiasm but in the middle of February you find yourself slacking and unfortunately it is the same story year after year.  Does this mean that there is no hope? Of course not, but you may want to think about some of the factors that are jeopardizing your success.

1. It is not your lifestyle

There are so many fad diets out there that promise us fast weight loss. I am sure that you have heard them all and probably have tried some, perhaps even lost some ‘weight’. But what happens when you get back to eating regular food? The weight comes back and some more.  If you do not want to keep getting disappointed, eating healthy and exercising should be a part of your lifestyle and not a quick-fix solution.

2. You lack motivation

What is your motivation to lose weight? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Once you have an answer, determine what your goal is. For instance, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds, you should have a deadline of when you hope to achieve this goal. If you are losing weight with no sense of direction, you may be setting yourself up for a huge disappointment.

 3. You are not getting 7-8 hours of sleep

Yes, this too will contribute to weight gain. According to Dr. Oz, “getting enough sleep keeps you thin. The lack of sleep throws off your entire system even increasing your levels of NPY, a peptide that decreases metabolism and increases appetite” (Dr. Mehmet Oz). I definitely need to work on this….*sigh*.

4.  Stress may be your sabotage             

When you are stressed out, cortisol levels are increased.  High cortisol levels create hormonal imbalances which will unfortunately increase your appetite.

5.  You are not eating 5-6 small meals a day

You may be thinking, 5-6 meals a day? Isn’t that too much? Well, I have good news for you; give your stomach what it loves the most…FOOD! Truth is, eating regularly helps your body to burn fuel more efficiently (i.e. high metabolism).   I know I am all for that.

6. You are skipping breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I know that you may have heard this countless times, but it is so true. As a matter of fact, many studies prove that people who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to have a good healthy weight. Additionally, eating breakfast raises your metabolism by 10%” (Healthmad.com). Who wouldn’t want that?

7. Too much sugar in your diet

Many of us consume more sugar than we should knowingly and unknowingly. If you are trying to lose weight, you absolutely have to watch your sugar intake; this could be in the form of artificial sweeteners, juices, pop, canned foods etc. I’ll admit, sugary foods are my absolute weakness; (sigh), but it’s definitely one of those things that you have to be cognisant of.

8. Insufficient fiber in your diet

Various studies have found that people who consume more fiber are less prone to adding on weight overtime. Consuming fiber-rich foods will keep you full longer. Hence, you will be less susceptible to overeating.

9. You are not consistent with your exercise program

You absolutely have to exercise consistently to lose weight. This includes: cardiovascular training, strength training and stretching; all 3 components have to be included in your exercise program in order to achieve optimal results.

10. You have reached a plateau

Reaching a plateau means that you have been consistently exercising and have lost some weight, but there comes a time when you stop seeing results. This is a common thing while trying to lose weight and there are a couple of solutions, but I will get into more detail in future posts.

I hope that the addressed issues will get you thinking about some of the things that you may need to incorporate into your lifestyle. Remember, the weight did not pile on overnight and therefore do not expect to see results the next day. I have been on this journey before and therefore understand the struggles of trying losing weight. The first couple of weeks may be challenging, but they say it takes twenty-one days to form a new habit. So, I encourage you not to give up and to believe in yourself for you will succeed. Best believe it!!!

~Virginia~

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2 Responses to 10 Reasons why You are not Losing Weight

  1. V Man says:

    Hey Vee,Thank you for the. great ideas. I am skinny and need to gain weight! Midnight peanut butter sandwiches are’nt working. Please help!

  2. Virginia says:

    Hey V Man,

    LOL at midnight peanut butter sandwiches? You’re kidding right? You had me cracking up on that one :). I must say, I absolutely love peanut butter sandwiches as well (esp the 100% natural peanut butter …it takes me back home; I sometimes add on sliced bananas…. hmmm, hmmm, hmmm, heaven, but not at midnight though…lol). Okay, I’m getting off track. Alright, where do I start? I would suggest you look into Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST). It is a type of training that will enhance/increase muscle growth, I am assuming you want to add on muscle and not fat…right? You may also need to consult with a trainer in order to get a program designed to you specifically. I hope that helps.
    Good luck!

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