Trust us – we know that losing weight is not easy. If it were, you would have crossed it off your New Year’s Resolution list years ago. The problem isn’t that you’re not trying; in fact you’re trying really, really hard. But nothing seems to work. What gives? It’s time to put down your health and fitness magazine and go back to the basics. Here are some reasons why you’re not losing weight.
You’re not eating the correct amount of calories or nutrients for your body.
First things first, your body is unique and will not react to a diet plan the same way someone else would. Just because your coworker lost a lot of weight eating Paleo and doing CrossFit doesn’t mean that’s the right choice for you. Use an online calculator to determine how many calories and macronutrients (i.e. carbs, proteins, and fats) you should eat per day. Your daily requirements may vary depending on:
- Your current activity level,
- Your age,
- Your gender, and
- How quickly you plan to lose the weight (ideally no more than 2 pounds per week).
Counting calories is a great thing to help you stay on track, but it can also be your downfall when trying to lose weight. Most people underestimate the amount of calories they consume and overestimate how many calories they burn when working out.
Did you know that the calorie count on a package can legally be off by 20%?
So that 100-calorie English muffin you’re eating could actually be 120. This may not be a big deal, but if this were true for everything you eat, you could end up eating hundreds of calories more than you expected.
To counteract this, we recommend focusing more on the number of macronutrients you consume. That way, you’re consuming nutritious food (not empty-calorie snack-packs), and calorie estimates are more accurate.
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You’re not drinking enough water.
You already know that your mind is a powerful thing, but did you know that it sometimes convinces you that you’re hungry when you’re not? Mindless eating can happen not just when you’re bored. Sometimes your brain tricks you into needing a snack when you’re tired or thirsty. So before you sneak into the snack cupboard, try drinking a glass of water and waiting 20 minutes. If you’re full, you might have just been dehydrated. Drinking water has a lot of amazing benefits including helping you feel more alert, clearing up your skin, and improving digestion.
You’re not snacking smart.
After flipping through countless fitness magazines, you may find yourself second guessing if kale is even healthy. Don’t worry – these healthy eating facts will always be true, so don’t cross kale off of your grocery list. But planning a healthy meal isn’t that much of a problem in your household. One of the reasons why you might not be losing weight is that you’ve been fueling your body with the wrong kinds of snacks. Make some simple swaps when you’re looking for something to munch on while watching TV. Be sure to have a bite of these post-workout snacks if you’re coming home from the gym.
Weekends aren’t a part of your healthy lifestyle plan.
A healthy lifestyle is a 24/7 job. While we’re true believers in eating healthy 80% of the time with treats here and there, your diet and gym routine shouldn’t go to the wayside once Saturday rolls around. Squeezing a workout into your workweek may be difficult, but the weekend should give you a little more wiggle room. Also, don’t forget that splurging once doesn’t mean that your progress is off track, so it’s better to restart on Monday. If you plan on spending eating out a lot this weekend, here’s how to make healthy choices no matter which restaurant you go to.
You’re not making the most out of your time at the gym.
Your free time is precious, so make the most of your gym time by doing more effective moves. Do you log hours on the elliptical every week? Here are some smarter cardio moves that will get you the results you want, faster. Want to sneak some strength training in but only have 10 minutes to kill? Try one or two of these simple swaps the next time you go to the gym.
You’re not switching up your gym routine.
Have you hit a weight loss plateau? What worked at the beginning of your weight loss journey might have lost its effectiveness. Don’t panic – you can still lose those last few pounds. If you’re positive that you’re eating the proper amount of calories and you’re sticking to a schedule seven days a week, try mixing up your workout routine. This will make working out exciting again and give your muscles a new challenge.
You have bad jeans.
No, that’s not a typo. It may be time to treat yourself to some new clothes. Don’t worry if the scale isn’t budging – or even creeping up – if you’re doing a lot of strength training. Pay closer attention to how your clothes are fitting. Are your jeans getting tighter in the legs but you need a belt to hold them up? All those squats in Group Power are paying off! The next time you’re shopping for clothes, pay more attention to how they fit than what the tag says. A good-fitting pair of jeans will show off your hard-earned curves more than squeezing into your dream size ever will.
Even if your weight loss challenge doesn’t neatly fall into one of the possible problems above, Boost is here to help you along your path to fitness. Keep up the momentum with a Boost Fitness membership starting at just $9.99/mo. Join today!