Losing weight can be very difficult especially if gets to the point where you are no longer seeing the gains you had previously. The list below is the four reasons why you’re not losing weight and what you can do to solve it.
One of biggest reasons you’re not losing weight is probably down to your diet. So many people seem to think just because they’ve gone to the gym or done a run they can then get in a Chinese or go to McDonald’s and get away with it. It works the other way too; people think that because they consume a couple of leaves and carrots they don’t need to exercise. But I’ll let you in on a little secret; that won’t work!
You have to combine exercise with a healthy and nutritious diet to lose weight, if you don’t you’ll see very little progress. Steer clear of food high in fat, salt, alcohol and sugar like fast food and sweets; instead go for lean meats, fresh fruit, water and vegetables these are full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and good carbohydrates.
Are you one of those people who makes excuses about why they can only run for 15 minutes instead of half an hour? Or who stops lifting weights the right way because otherwise they are “too heavy”? If you are then it is no wonder that you aren’t losing the weight that you want to, you have to push yourself in order to burn fat and build lean muscle.
Obviously I’m not advocating pushing yourself until you die but trimming little bits of an exercise regime or spending half an hour in the gym instead of an hour means that you aren’t ever going to achieve the goals you want. I know motivating yourself can be difficult and often exercising is inconvenient but if you are serious about losing weight than you have to find a way.
Not Enough Sleep
A common issue I find with people who aren’t seeing the results they want is that they aren’t giving their bodies the rest that it requires. Research indicates that getting around seven or eight hours of sleep a night leads to a natural release of a hormone that increase natural fat burning.
Those who aren’t getting enough sleep will see the release of cortisol which adds in the storage of fat. Research has also shown that those who sleep for too long or too short a time are more likely to have a higher BMI than those who get the recommended amount.
Some people have a built in genetic level of body fat. Some people may even have a medical condition which makes losing weight near impossible. I’m not suggesting that if you are not getting the success you think you should that you should give up. Odds are you have just plateaued a bit, if that’s the case you should maybe change up your exercise regime to test yourself in a different way.
But it is important to be aware of what your natural state is and to not force your body to do something unnatural. As long as you are eating healthily and doing moderate exercise regularly there should be no problems.