Losing weight is tough at the best of times, yet at times when you find yourself craving junk food, feeling hungry, tired, and miserable, and barely losing any weight at all, it can be all too tempting to throw the towel in and call it quits all together. Obesity, or rather, obesity-related illness, is one of the leading causes of premature death in the entire world, and with obesity rates now higher than ever before, something has to be done. Thankfully, a lot of people are taking decisive action and are deciding to look after their bodies and attempt to lose weight in a safe and productive manner. If you’re trying to lose weight and are seemingly doing everything right, yet aren’t seeing the results however, take a look below, as any of the following could be a reason why you aren’t losing weight when you think you should be.
Your portions are too big
Fat loss is primarily achieved through a combination of exercise and a healthy diet. However, in order to lose weight, you must first ensure you are placing your body into a caloric deficit. This basically means that you must ensure you are burning off more calories than your body requires to maintain itself in its current state. By doing this, to make up for the calories it is missing, your body will then tap into your body fat reserves and use the fat as an emergency source of energy. If you are eating healthy foods but not losing weight, your portions could be too big. It doesn’t matter how healthy the food is, all food contains calories, and if you are eating too much, even though it is very good for you, it could take you out of a caloric deficit, in which case you simply will not lose weight.
You starve yourself
Starvation is one of the worst things you can do when trying to lose weight safely. A lot of people will think that by skipping breakfast and lunch, and just eating one large dinner at night, that they are speeding up their weight loss when in fact they will be doing the opposite. By skipping meals your metabolism will slow down due to a lack of energy, so you will burn less calories and have less energy. Eventually this could slow down your metabolism permanently, in which case losing weight will be harder than ever. In terms of weight loss, eating small healthy meals every three hours is the best way to go about things.
You aren’t getting enough exercise
As mentioned, primarily, weight loss should be achieved through a combination of exercise and diet. It doesn’t matter how healthy your diet is, if you are spending too much time sat on your backside and not moving, you won’t burn calories, your muscle mass won’t increase, and you will find it much harder to lose weight. You don’t need to bust your butt in the gym 7 days a week, just try to get more physical exercise at least 3 days per week.
You are drinking too many calories
When trying to lose weight, ditch the soda, ditch the fruit juice, and ditch the wine/beer. Liquid calories will quickly add up your caloric intakes for the day. You should also stay well clear of diet sodas and beverages, as these are full of chemical sweeteners that can damage your health. Instead, try to drink more fresh water each day.