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11 Reasons Your Not Losing Weight

11 reasons your not losing weight

11 Reasons Your Not Losing Weight

Don’t be disheartened if suddenly all your efforts at dropping a dress size or two have plateaued.  A slight tweak here and there and we can get you back on your way to getting that Summer body and feeling great!  The reasons why your not losing weight could be down to a few simple reasons.

1. You Don’t Drink Enough Water

We all know why we need to drink water, but did you know that water boosts your caloric burn—period.  That’s because every time you eat or drink, your body has to work (a.k.a. burn calories) to process whatever’s coming in. It’s called “diet-induced thermogenesis,” and works for water pretty much the same way it works for anything that contains calories.

Also filling up on water before a meal helps you eat less, and eating foods that contain a lot of water (like fruit and veg) will fill you up faster.  Now that’s a reason to stay hydrated!

2. Are You Exercising Enough
Going to Zumba or walking the dog a couple of times a week is a start, however to help shift those few extra pounds or inches you really need to be exercising longer than 30 minutes three times a week.  Awesome calorie burners are weight training, spin classes or why not try Cross fit?!
3.  Calorie and Fat Ladden Healthy Foods
Healthy foods are obviously great, however we all have to stay in our calorie deficit regardless of what we are eating and even if these foods are healthy they are not void of calories..
Foods that we can tend to over eat are:
  • Avocados – ¼ cup of guacamole (about three hearty chip scoops) contains 8 grams of fat, or almost as much as an six-inch Subway roast-beef sandwich. One scoop of guacamole on your Chipotle chicken bowl can add 150 calories and 13 grams of fat!
  • Nuts – Even though they are a fat-burning amino acid and almonds are a super food, they can also be dietary Kryptonite: One cup has 529 calories and an eye-popping 45 grams of fat. So avoid reaching into a full bag and measure yourself out some snack packs instead. A study found that people who ate one-quarter cup of almonds a day lost more weight than those who ate a snack with complex carbs and safflower oil, and lost 62% more BMI and weight after six months. Consider that the ideal serving.
  • Hummus – One serving of hummus is two tablespoons, which can fit on a couple of dipped crackers or baby carrots, containing 6 grams of fat thanks to the fat-laden mix in, tahini.
  • Olive Oil – One tablespoon of olive oil contains about 120 calories and 13 grams of fat. It’s monounsaturated fat, which is good fat, but it’s fat all the same.
  • Egg Whites – Egg whites, while full of protein, are nearly fat-free, which can leave you unsatisfied and reaching for more calories after brunch is over. Plus, only the yolks contain choline, an essential nutrient that burns fat. Just keep your consumption to two yolks daily.
  • Green Juices with Fruit – A 15-ounce bottle of Naked Juice Green Machine may be labelled “No Sugar Added,” but it has 66 grams of carbs, of which 56 grams are sugar. And no wonder: It contains apple and pineapple juices and mango, banana and kiwi. You can easily find yourself in the same situation at the juice bar, where a large cup usually runs about 16 ounces. A good guideline is to balance every fruit with two vegetables. Or keep it strictly veggie.
  • Skimmed Dairy – If you’re still drinking skim milk or eating reduced-fat or fat-free cheeses and yogurts, it’s time to reconsider. They’re a lose-lose proposition, and neither are the kind of loss we’re going for:  A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who eat low-fat dairy products tend to be heavier than those who don’t because it’s less satiating and seems to encourage more carb consumption.

4.  Your a Cardio Queen

 We are hoping not!  But if you are you are certainly missing a trick.  Not only does weight training prevent injury by strengthening the joints, but it also builds muscle mass and increases metabolic rate.  Bonus: thanks to a revved-up metabolism, you’ll keep burning calories long after you’ve slipped off your trainers.
5.  Your Partner is not on a Health Kick too
Not having the support from your partner can be detrimental to your weight loss if they are having that starter and dessert when you go out together or suggesting a take away on the weekend.  Try coming to a compromise of choosing a healthier take away option or sharing a starter.
6.  Your Not Sleeping Enough
Have you ever wondered why when you are tired you are also starving?  Well, this is down to the hormone Ghrelin.  When we are sleep deprived you produce more of this hormone which is the one that tells us to eat!  So inevitably you can end up reaching for the unhealthy foods and caffeine.  The more sleep deprived you are thee Ghrelin ou produce.  On the flip side if you have more than 8 hours quality sleep you will have increased your levels of the hormone Leptin which tells your brain you have plenty of energy for the time being and there’s no need to trigger the feeling of hunger.  So the moral of this story is get plenty of sleep!
7.  You Don’t Eat Breakfast
We he all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.  Well, its true!  Skipping breakfast can see a good way to save calories, however what actually happens is your body goes into starvation mode and actually hold on to your fat reserves!  Having a breakfast high in protein can stop you snacking and keep you filled up till lunch.  It will jump start your metabolism.  If you don’t have time for breakfast in the morning, grab a protein shake!    High in protein, low in calorie it is the perfect healthy breakfast.
8.  You love Fizzy Drinks
If you have children, do you allow them to drink them?!  NO…As we all know they offer literally no nutritional benefits, and continuing to drink them is sabotaging your weight-loss goals — even if you only drink diet versions. Studies have shown that individuals who drink two diet fizzy drinks a day or more had waistlines that were significantly larger than the nondrinkers.
9.  Your Not Eating Enough
Like we said earlier, limiting your calories too much puts your body into starvation mode!  The body will hold onto fat stores and your weight will just plateau.  Reducing your calories gradually is the best way to lose inches and maintain it!  If this sounds familiar we will be covering weight lose plateaus in our forth coming Exercise and Nutrition Plan!  So
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10.  You Overindulge in Low-Fat Foods

Going for foods with a lower calorie count can be deceiving, since many times they’re filled with extra sodium, sugar, or chemical additives to make up for the ingredients the company has removed or decreased. Not only are these light versions less nutritious, but they also end up tasting “lighter,” leading you to eat more. You’ll probably end up consuming more calories than you would if you just ate a regular-sized portion of the real thing.

11.  You Weight Train!

The old saying is correct, muscle definitely weighs more than fat!!  If you are new to weight training then please please bear this in mind.  It is something that most women struggle with when they are used to watching their weight decrease.  Don’t forget you lose inches rather than pounds.  So come join the club and enjoy watching the scales increases and the fat melt off when your start lifting heavy.

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