Are you not losing weight? Let’s just put this out there, losing weight is never easy!
You may find yourself trying to live a healthy lifestyle or going on crazy crash diets looking for a quick fix weight loss. But then for some reason, most of us end up losing motivation to lose weight once we see the scale not shrinking after a few weeks or even days.
Don’t lose hope and don’t lose your motivation! These are our ten reasons why you may not be losing weight. And yes, every single one of these reasons came from our own personal experiences in our healthy lifestyle journeys.
1. Late Night Snacking
Late night snacking is a HUGE temptation for many of us! You may find yourself lurking in the kitchen at late hours looking for something sweet or salty. It’s never a good idea to pig out on chips or junk food and then go to sleep shortly after… Our advice would be to drink a glass of water or a cup of caffeine free hot tea when you get the late night munchies.
Bread, bagels, pizza, chips, pretzels, etc. are all fine, but in moderation! Carbs can creep up on you and definitely stick with you (if you know what we mean). We suggest eating carbs in moderation and sticking to whole wheat as much as possible.
3. Cheat Days
We don’t like the idea of cheat days at all! They tend to cause us to go completely overboard and then lose motivation. We suggest, do cheat meals as a small award after a week or two of healthy eating. And by cheat meals we don’t mean you eat the whole kitchen. Trust me we have done that before… Instead, have a small bowl of ice cream after dinner or a cookie in between lunch and dinner.
DRINK WATER! Water is absolutely necessary. It helps flush toxins out of vital organs in your body! The Institute of Medicine determined that the adequate intake of water for an average woman is about 9 cups a day. The experts have even found that when people drink 2 cups of water before each meal it has helped dieters lose an extra five pounds yearly. Water is your weight loss friend.
5. Protein/Snack Bars
Protein bars can be fabulous for you, but they also can be full of sugars and calories. Be careful with the snack and protein bars you consume. They are little suckers that are full of calories. As long as you are working out and are eating them in moderation you should be good!
Healthy eating WILL cause you to lose weight, but if you want faster weight loss results throw in some exercise. You don’t need to go crazy, start off with walking 3 times a week, then move that up to 5 times a week, and then add in some cardio. Cardio combined with healthy eating will help you see your weight loss results faster.
7. Eating Out
Restaurants can be a dieter’s nightmare. Typically restaurant food is loaded with calories and the meals are way over the recommended serving size. We suggest packing your own lunch and trying to make your own dinners for just 30 days. Try to stay as far away from eating out as you can (plus your wallet will thank you). After just 30 days of doing this and eating well, you should see major weight loss results.
8. Calorie Intake
Weight loss can be just a matter of counting the calories. The experts suggest for dieters to lose 1-2 pounds a week at the most. But, in order to see the 1-2 pound results you need to cut 500 calories from your suggest calorie intake. You can find your target calorie intake by using an online calorie calculator or consulting with your doctor. Make sure you are reading labels and keeping track of your calories, you may be surprised by how many calories you’re consuming.
Did you know that lack of sleep can actually lead to weight gain? Studies have shown that when people do not get enough sleep they have increased levels of a hunger and decreased levels of satisfaction or fullness. They typically consume 300 more calories a day, they snack more and do less exercise. To avoid this try to get 7 hours of sleep a night or take power naps when needed.
10. You Don’t Need To!
There are so many of us who are always trying to lose weight. Take a minute to ask yourself,
do you really need to lose weight?
For some of us the answer to that question is a “yes” and it may have to do with your own health. But many of us know deep down inside the answer to that question is “no”. Society, celebrities, and the media put a lot of pressure on girls to look super skinny. The truth is it’s all ridiculous!
No one should tell YOU how YOU should look! No one!
What matters is who you are inside. Are you a genuine person? Do you try your best to be kind? Do you have a relationship with God? That’s is what make you beautiful and unique.
So, yes we encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body, but also remember to be you. Remember to enjoy life and eat cake every once and awhile!