When you feel like you’re doing everything right, you’ve read up on calories and your getting your exercise in and you’re still not losing weight, it can feel so frustrating! If this sounds like you, check the list below, it could be something very simple that will get you to your goal.
Why You’re Not Losing Weight
You’re portion sizes are off
If you are eyeballing portion sizes – everything from spreads like peanut butter, to handfuls of nuts,- you could be consuming hundreds more calories than you intended to. Make scales and measuring spoons your best friend, it’ll ensure you are eating exactly what you intended to eat.
2. You don’t count liquid calories
Whether you want to admit it or not, every liquid – even that glass of bubbly on the weekend – has calories. Make sure you aren’t eating your meal plan only to go well above your calories with a fruit juice, a beer or a coffee.
3. You are losing weight (you just don’t realise it)
Going off the scales alone is a tricky one. For one, your actual weight can fluctuate so easily with salt intake, menstrual cycles and muscle growth. The best way to keep track of your gains (and losses!) is the ol’ measuring tape and clothes fit test.
4. You’re binging on healthy food
Just because it’s marked ‘healthy’ doesn’t mean that the calories don’t count.
Binging is a big problem for dieters, and although some bingers will gnaw their way through copious amounts of junk food, even nuts, cheese, and other ‘healthy food’ binges’ can throw off an entire week of dieting.
5. You’re not drinking water
At Voome, we encourage everyone to aim for a minimum 2 litres of water a day. Not only is water essential for your body to function, in one 12-week weight loss study, people who drank 500 ml of water, 1/2 hour before meals lost 44% more weight than those that did not.
6. Your expectations are unrealistic
Despite what the fad diets will have you believe, healthy and sustainable weight loss and body transformations are a slow process. Be patient. If the weight is coming off ever so slowly, be happy that it is still coming off.