I am sure that some people out there work out and make healthy food choices but don’t lose weight.
I know this because I mostly hear it from some of my clients especially new ones.
Most of these clients feel like they have done everything they should do, but they don’t see any results.
People who find themselves in this predicament are categorized into two: those who gain weight after losing it and those who don’t lose it.
I understand how frustrating it can be to fall into either of these categories.
But I want you to have faith as there is a solution to this problem.
Some people who find themselves in this predicament may believe that this may be due to a certain hormonal problem, but most of the time, it is caused by one of the reasons below.
Always remember that any weight loss approach should be combined with consistent, vigorous exercise.
If a person who wants to lose weight does both, then his or her chances of achieving their weight loss goals will increase dramatically!
1) Not sticking to one diet long enough
Some people try a certain diet for a few weeks and at first, they lose a couple of pounds.
However, they switch to another diet when they discover that they are no longer losing weight as they used to in the first few weeks.
They later come to realize that they are not losing any weight despite all the sacrifices they’ve made.
What they fail to realize is that the problem is not with the diet plans, but the problem is that they don’t understand how weight loss works.
If you are trying to lose weight, keep in mind that no magical diet will make you achieve your weight loss goals within a month.
Losing weight is a slow and sometimes painful process.
If you want long-lasting results, then you have no other option but to commit to a weight loss routine for more than a few weeks.
Remember that you did not gain your weight overnight and you should therefore not expect to lose all of it overnight.
How to solve this part:
The best way to solve this problem is to come up with a realistic weight loss plan that will suit your lifestyle and stick to it.
Don’t try looking for a better program than what you have.
When it comes to weight loss, consistency is key.
I know that this may not be the answer you expected, but it is the truth.
2) You are not consuming enough calories
This may be a bit counterintuitive.
Many people out there believe that they may not be losing weight as they should because of overeating.
Therefore, they choose to eat less to lose weight. Even though this may work in some cases, drastically reducing calories may not work in the long run.
This is due to the fact that cutting calories to lose weight can make the body lose muscle and fat.
It can also put the body into survival mode, hence forcing it to adjust to fewer calories by slowing down metabolism.
How to solve this part:
You can solve this problem by keeping an accurate and detailed food journal for 1 to 2 weeks.
This is a better option than starving yourself.
Once you have a clear picture of what you eat on a daily basis, make small adjustments to your food choices and choose food that will help you lose weight without the loss of muscle mass.
Aim at losing no more than 0.5-1% of your current body weight per week.
Doing this will maximize muscle retention.
Those who weigh 130 pounds, for instance, should aim to lose 0.6-1.3 pounds per week.
Those who weigh 160 pounds, should aim for 0.8-1.6 pounds.
3) You are dieting for too long
Do you remember the last time you were not dieting or doing something that will help you lose weight?
If you are unsure, then you may have been focusing on weight loss for too long.
Many people who are not successful in their weight loss diet for year-round.
They usually lose weight for some time and get results but then fall off the wagon.
This cycle of compliance? Weight loss and weight gain become a pattern that can be hard to break.
This is mainly due to the fact that our bodies have a natural “set point,” which is particular body weight or body fat level that the body fights to maintain.
Think of it as the thermostat in your house.
If your body does not all the calories needed for a long period, it will regulate itself by slowing down metabolism, the same way a thermostat would if a house became too hot.
It is a regulated system meant to keep your metabolism in line with your daily calorie intake.
How to solve this part:
If you have been dieting for more than three months or if you have been spending too much time fantasizing about a pastry shop nearby, then it may be time to give your body a break from dieting.
Surprisingly, ending a diet can at times help you lose weight.