Need help losing weight?

Need help losing weight?

You’ve finally made the decision to live a healthier life and want to change the way you look for the better. You’ve been at it for a good month now and are seeing little to no results at all and are really starting to feel discouraged and you’re about to call it quits. But before you give up on your weight loss journey and throw in the towel, you need to stop, and rethink your what you’re doing. In this article I’m going to give you 5 of the most common reasons you aren’t losing weight.

1) You think you’re eating healthy foods

This is the most common reason why people don’t lose weight. They think they are eating healthy and are making better decisions for their diet, but in actuality, the little changes are sometimes doing no good at all. Let me explain. Most of the time when people switch to healthier alternatives, they end up consuming MORE of the foods that they think are healthy, not realizing it equates to just as much or possibly more calories and just as much sugar, than if they were to consume the non healthy foods they usually eat. Have you been there? Have you swapped out fizzy pop drinks for concentrated juices and are finding yourself drinking juice 2 or 3 times a day, not realizing the amount of sugar you are still consuming? Have you started drinking a fruit smoothie everyday from the local store, not realizing that a single drink can be as much as 500-700 calories? What about the veggies you eat that are covered with dressing and ranch dips? You need to change up your diet, eat healthier foods AND keep track of your calories at the same time. Remember that it’s the calories that determine whether you’re gaining or losing weight.  Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean you can over indulge on it.

2) You may be gaining muscle

If you’re implementing a weight training routine on top of cardio and healthier eating, the number on the scale may not be moving at all. This isn’t a bad thing. You may be putting on muscle mass in place of the fat that you’ve lost. The biggest tip that I give to clients is to not watch the scale all of the time. It’s not about the numbers, it’s what you look like and how you feel. Sure you may weigh the same, but do you look different in the mirror? Do you feel healthier? If you were your exact same weight right now, but in solid muscle mass, you would look totally different than you do now.

3) You are eating too much

This goes back to the first point, where people choose healthier foods, but tend to over eat resulting in consuming way too many calories. The body basically reacts with the amount of calories you consume in a day. Eat a little less calories than your body requires to maintain weight, and you will lose fat. Eat more than your body needs, and you will gain weight. Simple as that. If you are on a quest to lose weight, you HAVE to be tracking your calories. It’s very important that you do. This is the most basic and often MOST overlooked principal when it comes to fat loss. People watch the numbers on the scale, but when it comes to watching the numbers for their nutrition, they seem to neglect it. Don’t let this be you.

4) No willpower

You’d rather stay home and watch your favorite show or play some video games instead of making that trip to the gym, or going outside for a run, right? That is understandable. It’s pretty hard to get yourself up and moving when your body has millions of other priorities in life, and your values towards fitness aren’t the same as someone who is active and loves sports. I have no problems with that at all. But in order for you to change up the numbers on the scale, you have to develop stronger will power. You have to drill into your brain that if you do not get up and do what you need to do, you will not see any progress. It’s up to you to make changes in your life.

5) You haven’t given it enough time

Weight loss does not happen over night. If you’re on this journey, you must be patient. A lot of people expect to see results immediately and if you are in this expecting quick results, you might not make it to the end. If you’re popping back weight loss pills and watching the scales every day, looking for that decrease in weight, it’s only going to discourage you. You need to relax. You need to commit to this and you need to understand that this is a long term relationship and has to be a part of your lifestyle.

This is pretty much it. The most common reasons why you aren’t losing weight. Remember that persistence is the key to success and if you keep at it, while taking the points that I’ve listed in mind, there will be results down the road. Guaranteed. If you haven’t read the 5 methods to burn fat and stay on track, I highly suggest you head there now and give that a read as well!

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John considers himself as a fitness enthusiast who loves to do anything to keep the body in peak physical performance (much like a highly tuned machine). He mainly focuses on sports nutrition and supplement research, but is also highly knowledgeable in relation to muscle growth and fat loss. He's helped numerous people over the years achieve the body that they've always wanted and hopes his information will guide you to the goals you want.

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