Feel like you're doing everything by the book, but have yet to see any movement on the scales? We get it. Weight loss works in weird and mysterious ways. And while some methods might not be a one-size-fits-all for losing weight, there are a few things we should avoid doing to shift that weight once and for all.
Here are 7 of the most uncommon reasons why you're not losing weight. The truth will surprise you.
1. You're not eating enough.
Eat 5-6 small meals per day of relatively equal proportions; you should try to eat a meal about every three waking hours.
It’s well established that in order to lose body fat, you need to bring your daily caloric intake below your maintenance level for a certain time period. At first you lose weight, then your progress slows, and then you hit a plateau where you seemingly can’t lose any more weight. If you reduce your calorie intake even further, now you start to lose muscle in addition to losing fat due to your insufficient caloric intake. Again, that’s not good because this will lower your metabolic rate, making it even harder to lose fat. Also, when you restrict your caloric intake for a period of time, your body starts to think that you’re starving, and reacts by lowering your metabolic rate and increasing your appetite. Researchers believe that the reason your body does this relates to levels of a hormone in your body called leptin. The role leptin can seemingly play in keeping you lean is yet another reason not to banish carbohydrates from your diet, since occasionally overfeeding on carbohydrates can revamp your leptin levels.
2. You're not planning your meals.
Plan all of your meals for each entire week; only choose the items you need for your planned meals when you’re at the grocery store (if you don’t have junk around the house, you most likely won’t eat junk)
A healthy diet starts with the choices you make at the grocery store. First, it is a good idea to go to the grocery store on a full stomach, so you don’t make impulse purchases. Second, plan your balanced meals for the entire week, so that you know exactly what you’re shopping for and you will pick up only the items you need to make those meals. This way, you eliminate buying all of the junk foods and snacks that you don’t need. If you don’t have them around the house, you won’t eat them! If all you have is healthy foods around the house, then all you will eat are those healthy foods. It’s that simple. By the way, once you start eating a healthy, natural diet, most people find that they no longer crave junk foods or heavily processed foods. Third, focus your shopping on the outer portions of the grocery store where all of the more unprocessed foods are located like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, low fat dairy, etc. If you’ll notice, the interior isles are comprised of mostly highly processed, heavily salted and sweetened foods. There are obviously exceptions to this since some of your healthy choices like extra virgin olive oil, natural peanut butter, high fiber cereals, beans, teas, etc. will come from the interior isles.
3. You're just eating salad.
Eat a portion of lean protein at each meal, along with a portion of fibrous healthy carbohydrates, and a portion of healthy fats with your salad.
4. You're stocking up on low sugar, low fat items at the grocery store.
Focus on unrefined, unprocessed foods in their natural state rather than buying pre-packaged diet food and diet drinks.
5. You're not overeating.
When you eat the same quantity of food each day for 7 days, your metabolism can slow down. Try to incorporate an overfeeding day once per week to stimulate your metabolism and to help you stay on a focused diet for the other six days per week
6. You're eating rice crackers, corn crackers and low fat biscuits.
Rice crackers and corn crackers contain high fructose corn syrup that lead to fat gain. Avoid refined oils, trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup at all costs
7. You're not drinking green tea!
Try to include green teas into your daily diet to promote a leaner body; try blending Bikini Babe Tea Weight Loss and Detox tea into an iced tea mixture and drinking it throughout the first half of each day.