We all like to see ourselves fitting into an old pair of jeans, but no matter how hard you try the festival season leaves you a little heavier than you were at the end of summers. After days of complaining and hiding behind over-sized clothes, you eventually plan to lose weight by gyming, dieting, zumba, yoga, or whatever else it takes to get rid of that stubborn fat off your body. But somehow your body is not letting go, losing weight this year seems harder than ever before. What worked earlier, does not seem to work anymore! Are we describing a scenario you are fairly familiar with? The answers to all those questions could be lurking behind seemingly unimportant habits of yours that you think have no connection with weight loss. These habits may be sabotaging your efforts in ways you didn’t know.
Here 10 Reasons Why You May Not Be Losing Weight
1. You are sleep deprived
Many studies have suggested that poor sleep is one of the biggest factors of obesity. Lack of sleep not only encourages weight gain by boosting hunger, but also by slowing the rate at which calories are burned. So get yourself to sleep for at least 7-8 hours to get away with the excessive weight gain. If you wake up feeling tired and groggy despite 7-8 hours of shuteye, you must consult a sleep specialist and get a sleep study done in order to improve the quality of rest your body is getting every night.
2. You are binging on healthy food
This one is super important! While it is imperative to switch to healthy eating during dieting and exercising, it definitely does not mean you eat more than the required quantity. Remember, no matter how healthy your food is, it has certain number of calories that creeps into your body making you gain weight. Overdoing, or helping yourself with huge portions of healthy food will make you gain weight too!
3. You are not cutting on carbohydrates
Low carbohydrate diet has been known to be quite successful, according to studies, especially for people with type-2 diabetes looking to lose weight. Low carb diet may reduce appetite and increase weight loss. We are not asking you to completely shun the concept of eating carbs but try consuming less than what you have. Focus on more complex carbs than simple, in any case.
4. You are under stress
A hectic schedule, rough patches in personal life and a challenging job – just some factors that could make any one of us stressed. Stress may become one of the underlying causes of weight loss struggles. Stress hormone known as cortisol may increase and as a result it may spike the amount of fat your body stores.
5. You have a medical condition
There is a chance that your weight loss goals may not be accomplished because of a certain medical condition you might have. Some of the conditions include hypothyroidism, PCOS and sleep apnea. No matter how much you exercise or diet; these conditions may make it difficult for you to shed extra kilos.
6. You have been starving yourself
It is never a good idea to starve yourself in the name of dieting. You may lose weight because you reach a calorie deficit, but after a certain point, your body will slow down its metabolism as it thinks that it is in state of famine. In response to this famine, it starts to conserve all the energy by storing fat, leaving you wondering why the needle on the weighing scale isn’t moving. Starving is never an option; always try eat something healthy in short duration.
7. Your expectations are unrealistic
Weight loss is a slow and gradual process; you may lose weight quickly in the first few days, but slow down as weeks and days pass. During this period, many people set unrealistic expectations, only to see them failing. Stop weighing yourself daily and set a doable number so you are motivated to reach it faster and in a healthier way.
8. Munching on too many snacks after working out
Working out doesn’t give you a ticket to munch on anything you like. This habit can easily make you gain the amount of calories you just lost in the gym. Try drinking lots of fluids and eat a light snack to kill hunger pangs after workout.
9. Not including protein in your diet
Consumption of protein can induce weight loss, as it tends to fasten your metabolism rate. Load up on protein during you breakfast; this will keep you free from hunger through the day.
10. Not keeping a track of what you are eating
Your diet may allow you to have small meals through the day, but are you keeping a proper track of the calories you consume in the small meals you eat? Make sure you have a diary maintained, where you note the number of calories you have had.
Most importantly, are you dedicated enough to lose weight? Are you following all the important rules of dieting and exercising? Ask yourself these questions and ensure that you are doing everything right to cut down on extra kilos. Lastly, stop worrying about it. A happy approach to weight loss always works better and will, in fact, also help you maintain the weight-loss for months and years to come.