10 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight During Your Diet
Most of us start dieting with the best of intentions: this time we really are going to finally reach our target weight. And no we are not going to get derailed again!
The problem is, even when you really commit hard to a diet and abscond from all your favorite foods for months on end… sometimes you still don’t see results! It hardly seems fair, but to a large degree, weight loss is often out of our hands.
Of course, there is no dark magic going on here. Rather, you probably just missed something. There is probably some confounding variable that is somehow preventing your progress. In this post, we’ll look at 10 reasons that diets fail, even when you stick to them strictly.
1. The Diet Doesn’t Work
The first potential culprit? The diet itself!
Unfortunately, we live in a time where fad diets are all the rage. That’s kind of what we mean when we call something a ‘fad’ after all! As a result, you need to be very careful when taking diet advice from anyone, as there’s actually a good chance that the diet in question simply won’t work.
The best way to lose weight is by measuring your caloric intake and output. To do that, you need to track what you’re eating, and you need to work out your AMR (active metabolic rate). There are calculators on the web to help you do that.
Simply put: if you burn more calories than you consume, then you will lose weight. Do the reverse, and you will gain weight.
This isn’t a perfect method either though, as we shall see in a moment…
2. You Didn’t Count Certain Calories
One of the problems with counting calories is that it is hard work, and it can be easy to let some slip through the gaps. In particular, one of the most common mistakes here for example, is to overlook the important contribution of such foods as butter spread onto bread, or drinks like CocaCola the latter of which is actually particularly calorific too. Even whole milk in coffee in the morning can have a big impact!
Use an app like Myfitnesspal to track your daily calories.
Furthermore, you can’t expect to lose weight by just taking a good fat burner like Ultra Omega Burn and eating everything you fancy.
3. You Are Snacking
The same goes for snacks. The issue with snacks is once again that people often don’t “count” them, which also leads them to miscalculate their calories. The other problem, is that snacking makes it far too easy to eat more than you should and a lot of us find this is a very hard habit to break out of.
4. You Are Relatively Inactive
You’re counting how many calories are coming in, but have you thought about how many calories are going out? And I’m not talking about workouts here!
Many of us think that working out a few times a week can undo a lifestyle that is generally inactive. This is not the case! While working out is very good for you, it is also only a very small fraction of your time. If you sit around the rest of your days, then that is going to have a far larger impact overall!
So what you need to do instead, is to make sure that your daily routine actually involves a lot of activity. That might mean walking to work, it might mean going out for family days… Just not sitting in an office, sitting on a train, and then sitting on the couch day-in and day-out!
5. You Have an Underlying Health Issue
Another consideration is that you might actually have an underlying health issue. And this is where the concept of counting calories becomes a lot more complex.
You see, those who subscribe strongly to the notion of calories in vs calories out, will tell you that this is all that matters and that you really shouldn’t concern yourself with other matters such as hormones or fad diets.
But this is missing the simple fact that different people burn calories differently depending on their hormonal makeup. An AMR is a very rough estimate, because it can’t take into account such things as your testosterone production.
And if you have an underlying health issue, such as low testosterone perhaps or hypothyroidism, this can seriously skew your results. If you notice other symptoms, or if no amount of dieting help, speak to your physician!
6. Your Gut Bacteria is Askew
Gut bacteria has recently come into the spotlight for its ability to help us gain and lose weight. Gut bacteria produces enzymes that help to break down food, that send satiety signals, and that control our metabolism. If this goes bad, so does your weight loss!
Medication, just like hormonal imbalance, can have a big impact on your weight loss or gain. Even things that many of us take every day, such as the oral contraceptive, can have a big impact on this.
8. You’re Trying to Lose Weight Too Fast
First: weight loss takes time. If you’re not seeing the results you want just yet… then wait a little!
Second: as you lose weight, your body compensates by slowing down your metabolism. The best way to get around this effect is to try and lose weight at a steadier and slower rate.
9. Conservation of Energy
Another way your body tries to balance out a reduction in calories, is by making you less active. We’ve already addressed the things contributing to your total number of daily steps but what about less obvious factors, like restless leg syndrome, or the speed at which you walk?
10. You Miscalculated
Finally, it’s possible that you just miscalculated. Counting calories is hard, especially as the numbers are on average about 30% inaccurate for most snacks.
The key is to follow a simple diet of reducing calories… but don’t be too rigid in this approach or spend too long counting! Aim to eat a good deal less and then focus on other lifestyle factors too. That is how you lose weight!