The 8 Most Common Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight
So you have been dieting, counting calories, and exercising dutifully but the numbers on the scale still have not budged. Why is that? You may be falling prey to one of these bad habits.
1. You Do Not Drink Enough Water
The benefits of drinking water are endless. When you stay hydrated, your body will get rid of retained water, your skin will be clearer, it will flush out toxins, and you metabolism will get faster. Plus, the water fills your stomach. So if you feel the urge to snack, just drink some water first.
2. Your Exercise Plan Plateaued
Going to the gym consistently is good. But if you just go and run on the treadmill for 30 minutes every time, then it will not be very effective. You need to switch it up – challenge your body by increasing the intensity and by doing different types of exercises throughout the month.
3. Your Portion Sizes Are Too Big
You may be focusing too much on what you are eating instead of how much. Even if you are making an effort to eat healthy food, overeating will still make you gain weight. Make sure you measure out the correct portion sizes before you eat.
4. You Do Not Sleep Properly
Not getting enough sleep will take a toll on your body. It causes the immune system to be weakened and impaired brain activity. Sleep deprivation can even cause weight gain. So make sure that on top of eating right and exercising, you are getting enough sleep.
5. You Are Only Doing Cardio
It is good to get your heart rate up by running, hiking, kickboxing, etc. And if you are doing that, keep it up! But you should also add some exercise that build muscles, like weight lifting, in order to get a lean body and increase your metabolism.
6. You Are Too Stressed
Stress can negatively impact your health. Even if you are doing everything else right, stress can ruin any perfect diet and exercise plan. Being too stressed can affect your sleeping and eating habits, which will affect your weight.
7. You Do Not Have a Routine
Life can be unpredictable, but you should try to keep as much structure in your routine as possible. If you go to sleep and wake up at different times every day or eat at different times, you may not see a consistent weight loss. You do not want to surprise your body too much.
8. You Eat When Distracted
Try to avoid eating when you are watching TV, reading, or working. If you are distracted and mindlessly eating, then you will not be able to tell when you are full. There is a risk of overacting when you are distracted.