Do you feel like you are doing everything right in your health and wellness journey but not seeing the results you want? You are exercising multiple times per week, eating all the fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein but still seeing no changes to your body? Don’t worry! This can be a common occurrence and with the information and tips below you can turn your journey around and begin to see results!
There are multiple reasons that you may not be losing weight in your journey, but we’ll focus on 3 of the main reasons and show you how to turn this around.
1.You May Not Be Eating Enough
With all the buzz in the media discussing low calorie and low carbohydrate diets, it is tough to know what to believe. There may be a lot of misinformation out there telling you that in order to lose weight you must decrease your calories to a very low amount. In fact, quite the opposite is true! When you may not be eating enough, your body responds by not knowing when it will receive its next meal. During this response, your body will hold on to the fat storage that you have and will not want to let go as it is preparing you for a survival mode. If you feel like you may be eating very healthy but not losing weight, try bumping up your calories by 200-400 to begin and see how your body adjusts!2. Your Meal Timing May Be Off
Our bodies are built for survival and because of that they respond to our eating habits in the same way! Similarly to what happens when you may not be eating enough calories; when you are possibly not eating often enough on a regular schedule, your body will not want to give up your fat stores and will hold on to them. If you go up to 5 or 7 hours without eating, you may be signaling to your body that it does not have enough food and it does not know when it will be given its next meal. You may get intense hunger cues after this period of time, but as you ignore them, you may be sending that message to your body. Focusing on eating every 3-4 hours will allow your body and metabolism to adjust to a regular eating schedule and will give your body the message that it is okay to let go of its fat stores. 3.You May Have a History of Chronic Dieting
Our bodies are very good at adapting to the way we eat, our habits, and the schedules we run on. A positive and sustainable way to view your weight loss journey is to think of it as a lifestyle change and not a diet. A diet usually has a start and end date but when you shift your mindset to view these positive habit-changes as something you can stick to for life, you may find you have more progress that lasts! If you have a history of eating on a very low calorie diet, or do very well during the weekdays, but fall off track for a few days on the weekend, you may have a harder time initially losing weight. Your body will need time to adjust from the cycle of feeling restricted to accepting that it now has enough food and is eating often enough throughout the day.
If you are currently on a weight loss and health journey be sure to credit yourself for all the hard work you are doing to better yourself! Remember, if you feel like you may be doing everything right but still struggling to see the changes, consider using these tips to help you break through and get the results you want!