Why Can't I Lose Weight?
Some people try to lose weight their whole lives only to lose and gain the same ten pounds over and over again. I have struggled with my weight throughout my life too.
During and after college, I battled with being out of shape, often feeling lost, confused, and hopeless in my efforts to stay in shape. Because I know firsthand about the emotional toll of trying to lose weight, I’m more passionate than ever about helping others lose weight.
As recently as 7 years ago I had put on weight and had to lose it yet again. This time was different for me though. This time I decided enough was enough. I finally decided to learn proper nutrition and actually practice it in my daily life. You see, sometimes effort alone isn’t enough to produce the lasting results we all desire. You need to retool and remove all the bad habits our fast-paced world of convenience foods and processed crap has instilled in us. Once you conquer junk and processed food avoidance, the rest comes pretty easily. But don’t get me wrong - processed foods are like crack cocaine... they’re tough to quit. You have to truly want to quit.
What I've learned, and relearned because I am stubborn, is that a lot of effort towards an ineffective plan won't get you the results you want.
Therefore, today I’ll try to help you answer the question, “Why can’t I lose weight?”
There are six key factors that I’ve addressed below that can prevent weight loss, and I’ve included tips on how you can reverse the things that are keeping you from losing weight.
𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧 𝗔𝗠 𝗜 𝗗𝗢𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗪𝗥𝗢𝗡𝗚?
There are many reasons why it might be hard for you to lose weight … notice I said, it might be hard for you to lose weight … NOT impossible.
That is one of the first things I personally had to overcome ... the self-doubting beliefs that I was not meant to lose weight.
I truly thought I was destined to be overweight.
I thought most everyone seesawed in weight... which really isn’t the case.
So yes, you might be struggling to lose weight, but it is not impossible to end the battle with weight gain and dieting.
You just have to uncover the true reason you are not earning the weight loss results you want, and then make adjustments. In my experience, people often tell themselves they’re doing all the right things to lose weight and keep it off but if they were really honest with themselves they’d recognize that they’re likely sabotaging their own success.
Here’s a guide with six reasons you might be struggling to lose weight.
𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 #𝟭 – 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗦𝗞𝗜𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗗 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗙𝗔𝗦𝗧
The saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” has been pounded into our heads since we were kids for several reasons.
One reason is that eating the right foods, containing the right amount of quality protein, can help stimulate muscle protein synthesis.
Another reason why breakfast is so important is that a healthy breakfast means you’re less hungry come lunchtime.
Think of how many times you went to grab fast food on your lunch break because you were starving.
That could happen a lot less if you ate a great breakfast. And by great, I don’t mean eating a great big pile of pancakes. Fast carbs should be avoided at breakfast. Fast meaning simple, such as bagels, pastries, toast, donuts, etc.
Skip breakfast or load up on simple carbs at breakfast and you’re almost guaranteed to overeat or choose the wrong foods during lunch. The reason carbs have a bad reputation is flawed. Carbs don’t make you fat, simple carbs cause you to crave more carbs. Eating donuts or bagels for breakfast will cause you to crave more of the same at lunch. Plus fast carb foods won’t keep you feel full very long.
Stick with complex carbohydrates for breakfast, such as oatmeal & whole fruits, and you’ll begin to see the difference!
𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 #𝟮 – 𝗬𝗢𝗨’𝗥𝗘 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗦𝗘𝗗 𝗢𝗨𝗧
If you’re stressed out, and frankly who isn’t these days, it can lead to unfavorably high levels of cortisol.
Cortisol and stress get a bit of a bad rap too.
We actually need small amounts of stress in our life.
The problem is that due to the society we live in, we are constantly under stress.
This constant stress is what has the adverse effects and makes it challenging to lose weight due to elevated cortisol levels.
Not only does stress lead to more fat storage, but it will also increase cravings for fat, salt, and sugar. Making it harder to stick to your nutrition plan!
This stress can be physical, mental, emotional ... or a combination of any or all of them!
Therefore a good practice to help lower stress levels is to find what you consider relaxing and implement it into your daily routine.
You can also look into supplementation to help your body deal with stress and anxiety with ingredients such as Ashwagandha and Matcha.
No matter what though, allotting yourself some time for self-care and relaxation can really benefit your mental and physical health.
𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 #𝟯 – 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗗𝗢𝗡’𝗧 𝗦𝗟𝗘𝗘𝗣 𝗘𝗡𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛
You sleep to recharge your body. If you don’t get enough sleep you feel … sleepy.
So far I’ve said nothing that isn’t already obvious, right?
But remember that when you’re tired, your body is much more likely to crave high-calorie foods. The problem is most people do not need extra calories ... which makes it VERY challenging to stay on track with a nutrition plan.
That’s because your body wants to convert those calories into energy so it’ll feel less sleepy.
Also not getting the proper amount of rest can really mess with your metabolism.
Sleep is an important aspect of your life and optimal amounts are needed to allow your body to work effectively.
Whether it’s decreasing how many calories are burned by your body, increases in hormones that cause you to eat more food or less healthy foods in general, the impact of crappy sleep rears its ugly head in many directions.
Even 30 minutes less of sleep can result in an increased risk of weight gain. Look to relieve stress in your life through meditation, yoga, and even herbal remedies such as Melatonin, Magnesium, and Valerian.
𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 #𝟰 – 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗘𝗔𝗧 𝗧𝗢𝗢 𝗠𝗨𝗖𝗛
This seems obvious and should be the #1 point here, but the truth is that many people just eat too much.
Not only that, but most people don’t eat nearly as healthily as they think they do.
Shoot, I know I have fallen into this category.
I would eat peanut butter throughout the day thinking it was a good protein source.
Never taking into account that it has over twice as much fat as protein, the protein isn’t a complete protein source, and that it was very high in calories … but hey, I’m sure we all have some examples of mistakes we have made.
For example, sure you might have a salad every day for lunch, but how many calories are in the salad’s toppings?
How about in the dressing?
How about in the croutons, avocado, and other items?
Certainly, a good salad is a "healthy" option and for getting fiber and protein ... but you may also need to cut back on the calories.
It’s simply very unlikely that you’ll out-exercise a super high-calorie diet, even if the foods you’re eating are technically healthy.
This is where tracking your food for a week can be a great first step to figuring out why you can’t lose weight. I’m not into counting calories but sometimes it helps to monitor and use a smartphone to photograph your meals to better understand exactly how much you’re really eating most days. We’ve been conditioned to think regular portion sizes are way bigger than they should be. Eating the right foods will help with this because eating the right foods will help keep you fuller longer.
Portion control is important when it comes to weight loss. You may be eating too much of the wrong foods, and the nutrition labels aren’t much help.
Society tells us to eat more than we need which results in excess or unnecessary weight, as well as feeling stuffed or perpetually hungry.
Understanding proper serving sizes for YOU and some rough ideas of nutritional values can help you stay on track and have more consistent weight loss. Once you get a handle on proper portion sizes, you can toss calorie counting out the window. It’ll soon become a habit.
𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 #𝟱 – 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗦 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗪𝗢𝗥𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗔𝗚𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗦𝗧 𝗬𝗢𝗨
Earlier I said I thought this was me, that I was destined to battle with weight, and there is some truth to that.
Not all people have the same body type.
Some people collect more fat around their bellies.
Some people just tend to gain weight more easily.
Some people gain the same muscle mass in months that takes other people years.
So yes, your genetics might make it more challenging to lose weight, but once again … not impossible.
Don’t use this as the reason you aren’t where you want to be.
Instead, use it as knowledge to help you make necessary adjustments to your lifestyle to earn the results you want.
𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡 #𝟲 – 𝗬𝗢𝗨’𝗥𝗘 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗗𝗘𝗧𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗦
You might be eating right and exercising and yet you’re still not seeing results that you want.
That could come from a host of reasons.
Some might be that you are not fulfilling your micronutrient demands for the day.
Just like hitting your calories and macros are important, getting in the appropriate amount of micronutrients is just as important.
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You might also have some underlying gut issues of poor digestion.
See, eating healthy is great … but if you can’t effectively break it down and absorb it, it’s not nearly as beneficial … which could lead to you struggling to lose weight.
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So your body can partition nutrients properly for a healthy metabolism, energy production, hormonal production, and day-to-day functionality.
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You can’t just take a supplement and expect to lose weight, you have to be doing the work with your nutrition and training to effectively lose weight.
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