Losing weight is not always easy. There are numerous factors that can cause you not to lose weight. Most of the time it is just a slight change in your diet or lifestyle routine that will get you back on track to losing weight. I have listed 8 common reasons why you might not be shedding those kilos. Each of these reasons listed below have been the reason why I couldn't lose weight in the past, let that not be the reason why you cannot lose weight today.
1. You believe in diet pills
Unfortunately there are no shortcuts when it comes to losing weight. Diet pills are no exception, they are a temporary weight loss solution that can have serious side effects. Side effects include headaches, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and an increase in blood pressure. This is just a few of many side effects that these pills can cause. To make matter worse once you stop using these pills you tend to gain the weight back plus a bit extra. Diet pills tend to cause havoc on your cholesterol levels making it extremely difficult to lose weight even when using these pills. So stop using diet pills!
2. Are you sleeping enough?
When you are tired you tend to eat more, this is caused by an imbalance in your hormones. Try to clock in seven to nine hours of sleep a night. I know it can seem impossible, between catching up on series, working, children or studying. However, it can be done and your body will thank you for it.
3. Is there something stressing you?
In the same way when you do not get enough sleep, stress can cause an imbalance in your hormones making you crave for sugary foods. In other words the longer you are stressed the more weight you are likely to gain. So find ways to decrease your stress, for example, through exercise, meditation, socializing and reading.
4. What are you drinking?
Swap your soft drinks, juices, flavoured waters, specialised coffees and teas with water. Most of these beverages are loaded with sugar, colorants and preventatives. Try to drink 2-3 litres of water a day, yes a day. Drinking more water throughout the day will keep you satisfied after meals and will decrease the amount of times you snack throughout the day. Water also flushes out toxins from the body and also reduces water retention.
5. You are keeping track of your calories but not what you are eating.
Attentiveness of what you are eating when you are trying to lose weight is extremely important. Many people count calories but do not pay attention to what they are really eating. The problem is that we think that all calories are the same or equal. They are not! Consuming 200 calories of vegetables is not the same as consuming 200 calories of cake, they will not have the same effect on your body. As much you pay attention to your calorie intake, you must also pay attention to what foods you are eating that make up your calorie intake.
6. You are only doing one type of exercise.
Chances are that you are only doing cardio exercises. Yes cardio is an effective way to lose weight but it is not the only way. Resistance training is an amazing way to burn fat and maintain muscle mass. The more muscle you build the more fat you burn. So combine resistance and cardio training for effective weight loss.
7. You are starving yourself.
You are eating very little food to nourish your body and once your body senses that you are not giving it enough food, your body will start storing fat to be used for energy later on. Digesting food burns major calories, starvation decreases your metabolism rate which will reduce the amount of calories you burn. Finally, starvation increases your craving for junk and processed foods. These foods as we know, are known for weight gain. So please stop starving yourself and have nutritious meals throughout the day.
8. You see eating healthy as a diet and not a lifestyle.
Change your mind set on healthy eating, let it stop being a diet but part of your daily routine. Healthy eating does not have to be boring, you don't have to only stick to salads and smoothies. Unleash your creativity when it comes to healthy meals, if the kitchen is not where you are most creative then simply Google recipes, follow a recipe blog or even buy books with healthy recipes. Let the word diet be a thing of the past.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, dietician or a doctor. These 8 reasons have helped me lose weight and may also work for you. Please consult your GP before undergoing any dramatic changes in your diet or lifestyle.