01 Jun 11 Reasons Your Not Losing Weight
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!
- 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
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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