Thursday, July 17, 2014

15 Reasons you might not be losing weight!

     I was recently reading some info that I thought might be helpful to some or all who look at this list of possibilities.  Do any of these things speak to you!?  If so, lets analyse some other options to help you get back on your way to a healthy lifestyle, and enjoy the vast benefits of optimal health and being your best!!!

1. You Are Losing Fat,You Just Don't Realize it
Weight loss isn't linear and there's a lot more to weight than just body fat. Be patient and use other ways of measuring than just the scale.
2. You're Not Cutting Back on Carbohydrates Enough
If you are carb sensitive, then you may want to temporarily eliminate fruits and eat less than 50 grams of carbs per day.
3. You're Stressed All The Time
Chronic stress can have negative effects on your hormonal environment, making you hungrier and preventing you from losing weight.
4. You're Not Eating Real Food
You need to replace the carbs with real, nutritious foods. To lose weight, stick to meats, fish, eggs, healthy fats and vegetables.
5. You're Eating Too Many Nuts
Nuts have a very high energy density and are easy to overeat on. If you're constantly snacking on nuts, try eliminating them.
6. You're Not Sleeping Enough
Sleep is absolutely crucial for optimal health. Studies show that a lack of sleep can make you eat more and gain weight.
7. You're Eating Too Much Dairy
The amino acid composition in dairy proteins make them spike insulin fairly effectively. Try eliminating all dairy except butter. Especially avoid milk as it contains a lot of hidden sugar.
8. You're Eating Too Many Sweeteners
Despite being calorie free, artificial sweeteners can affect our appetite, in some cases leading to a net increase in overall calories.
9. You Have a Medical Condition Getting in Your Way
Certain medical issues and medications can cause weight problems. See a doctor to discuss your options.
10. You're Always Eating
There is no proven benefit to eating many small meals throughout the day. Try eating fewer meals and consider giving intermittent fasting a shot.
11. You're Cheating Too Often
Some people can eat junk food from time to time without ruining their progress, but that doesn't apply to everyone. For others, cheat meals will do more harm than good.
12. You're Eating Too Many Calories
It is possible to eat so many calories that you stop losing weight. Try counting calories and aim for a 500 cal/day deficit for a while.
13. You Don't Have Realistic Expectations
It is important to have realistic expectations. Weight loss takes a long time and not everyone can look like a fitness model.
14. You've Been "Cutting" For Too Long
If you've been dieting for a long time, then a two month period where you aim to "maintain" and gain a bit of muscle may be what you need to get things started again.
15. You're Not Exercising Right (or at all)
The right kinds of exercise improve your hormonal environment, tone your body and make you feel awesome.
No, exercise doesn't have to be long and brutal.
No, you don’t have to spend hours on the treadmill.
No, you don’t need to buy an expensive gym membership. 

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