When you first start a new weight loss regimen you will be able to lose a lot of weight fast.
Once your body starts to adjust to what you are doing the weight loss will slow down or come to a complete halt.
Below you will discover 7 reasons you’re not losing weight and how to get things moving in the right direction again.
Top 7 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
You’re Eating Too Much
Let’s start with the obvious reason you’re not losing weight.
If you are consuming more calories than you burn then you will not lose weight.
And while you may think this doesn’t apply to you, chances are it does.
Study after study shows that most people significantly underestimate just how many calories they are consuming.
If you are not losing weight start by tracking the foods you are eating.
Just enter the food, or scan the barcode, and both apps will automatically calculate how many calories that food has.
Both apps will also tell you how many calories you should be consuming on a daily basis.
As long as you stay within those calorie ranges you will lose weight.
You’re Not Drinking Enough Water
When it comes to losing weight drinking plenty of water is one of the most important things you can do.
One 12 week study found that individuals who drank 17 ounces of water 30 minutes before meal time lost 44% more weight than those who did not.
Other studies have shown that drinking plenty of water can boost the number of calories you burn by up to 30% over a period of 1.5 hours.
One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of calories you eat is to drink a glass of water before each meal.
Doing so will fill you up and keep you from overeating.
You’re Not Lifting Weights
If you have your diet in check, you’re drinking plenty of water, and you’re still not losing weight, that could mean its time to evaluate your workout routine.
Resistance training is by far the best type of training to do for weight loss.
When you lift weights not only will you build muscle, but you will also maintain the muscle you already have.
Muscle not only looks better than fat, but it also helps you burns more calories.
You Skip Cardio
While we don’t recommend you do hours of cardio a day, we do recommend you do it everyday.
Cardio is the type of exercise that gets your heart rate up.
Cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to improve your overall health.
Its also very effective at helping you burn fat, especially in the abdominal area.
If you have recently hit a plateau it could be due to a lack of exercise.
Adding in 30 minutes of high intensity cardio could be just what you need to get the scale moving in the right direction again.
Diets never work when it comes to long term, sustainable weight loss.
As a matter of fact, studies show that those who diet tend to gain more weight over time.
The problem with diets is they are very restrictive and often require you eliminate entire food groups.
Instead of going on a diet focus on making healthy lifestyle changes.
Doing so will lead to the weight loss results you are after.
You’re Still Eating Junk Food
Do you have a junk food addiction? Well welcome to the club.
According to a 2014 study, close to 20% of people in Europe and North America have a food addiction.
When you have a junk food addiction you use junk food in the same way a drug addict uses drugs.
So as you an imagine, breaking free from a food addiction is not easy.
One thing you can do is prepare your meals in advance.
Having food already prepared can reduce the chances of you grabbing for your favorite junk food.
You should also look for healthier alternatives to your favorite junk foods.
This way you can still get your fix without all the calories and dangerous ingredients.
You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
When it comes to your overall health sleep is one of the most important factors.
Some studies show that not getting good sleep is one of the biggest factors that leads to obesity.
Adults with poor sleeping habits are 89% more likely to become obese.
Children with poor sleeping habits are 55% more likely to become obese.
Lack of sleep can also hinder your overall weight loss results.
That’s why getting good sleep is so important. It is recommended you get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
To do this you may need to get to bed an hour or two earlier than you’re used to.
It may be a bit uncomfortable at first, but it will be well worth it in the long run.