Whereas some people are naturally skinny, the rest of us have to work hard to maintain a healthy weight. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Then there are the poor, unlucky individuals for whom losing weight is a battle they just can’t win. No matter what they do, the excess weight refuses to budge.
If you are one of those people, you are probably feeling pretty fed up right now, so to help you on your weight loss journey, here are seven reasons why your efforts to lose weight are being well and truly sabotaged.
Too Much Food
The most obvious reason why you can’t lose weight is that you are eating more than you realise. This is surprisingly easy to do because there are always more calories in foods than you think. One way to avoid overeating is to download an app and use this to record every last morsel that passes your lips. The more you think about what you eat, the less likely you are to overeat.
Muscle vs Fat
Have you been working out a lot at the gym in your effort to lose weight? If so, this could be the answer. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you might be losing inches off your waist and hips, but gaining muscle. If your clothes are loose, the plan is working so don’t obsess over what it says on the bathroom scales.
The Wrong Foods
To lose weight, you need to eat the right diet. This should include wholefoods, high quality fats such as organic coconut oil and butter, fruit and vegetables, and plenty of protein. Your body needs protein for effective weight loss, as it helps to supress hunger hormones.
Too Little Sleep
Sleep is a lot more important that most people realise. People who don’t get enough sleep are far more likely to be overweight or obese. If you burn the candle at both ends, start going to bed a bit earlier every night and see if some extra shuteye makes a difference.
Too Much Alcohol
Unfortunately, alcohol is not calorie free. Many forms of alcoholic drinks contain huge amounts of sugar and are disastrous for your diet. If you must have a drink or two, stick to clear spirits such as vodka or gin, and avoid sugar-laden mixers.
Not Enough Food
Extreme low calorie diets are very popular, but they usually have the opposite effect. As soon as you start restricting the amount of food you eat, your body goes into starvation mode and hangs on to every last calorie. Eat enough calories to sustain normal body function and exercise more to create a deficit.
There are a few medical conditions that cause weight gain and an underactive thyroid is one of them. If your thyroid is not working properly, no matter what you do you won’t be able to lose weight. If you have gained weight and you feel exhausted all the time, depressed and have numerous other symptoms you can’t explain, ask your doctor for thyroid blood panel to rule it out.
In most cases, weight loss comes naturally if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, so try this before you start dieting.