5 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight.
“I’m doing everything right and I’m just not losing weight!”
“I eat SO healthy. I don’t know why the pounds aren’t coming off.”
“Maybe I should just stop trying. Nothing seems to work anyway.”
Does any of this sound familiar?
It sounds familiar to me - not only because I hear it quite a bit from members of my Healthy Habits Club - but also because…..I have said those words myself at one point or another!
It’s frustrating, I know.
You feel like you are doing SO MUCH in service of your weight loss - and you’re just not seeing the results you were hoping to see. What more could you possibly do???
Maybe there’s just something inherently flawed about you - and you are that ‘weird’ person for whom traditional methods of weight loss simply don’t work.
Well, assuming that you have been to your doctor and had yourself tested for ‘Weight Loss Weirdness’ - and assuming there is nothing medically wrong with you that would impede your ability to lose weight, here are some other possible explanations.
5 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight
1. You have lost sight of appropriate portions.
Just because it’s ‘healthy’ doesn’t mean it’s free from calories. Brown rice is a wonderful health food - but the calories can add up quickly. You still need to watch your portion sizes. The same is true for healthy foods like nuts, avocados, hummus, granola, whole grain pasta, and ‘healthy’ cookies and muffins. The only foods that are truly ‘safe’ to eat with reckless abandon are fruits and vegetables. For everything else, you do need to pay attention.
2. You are not exercising as effectively as you think you are.
To change your body and lose weight, you need to challenge yourself. You need to combine cardiovascular exercise with strength/resistance training. You need to switch things up from time to time, do different things, and push yourself. I know this is bummer news (I hate to sweat) - but it’s kinda the only way it works. You also need to move your body throughout the course of the day - not just during the hour or so that you are ‘officially’ exercising. If you do a solid hour of cardio/strength at the gym and you walk out feeling like a rock star…..you can’t just sit for the rest of the day. Keep. Moving. Walk, climb stairs, move about. It all adds up.
3. You love your wine.
Wine is delicious. So are margaritas on a hot summer day. Vodka drinks are super-fun, too. All of this is true. What is also true is that they can totally sabotage your weight-loss efforts - lightening fast - without you even registering it. I have had plenty of clients and club members swear up and down that they do EVERYTHING ‘right’ in order to lose weight - eat proper portions, exercise well, move alot, etc, etc - but then we dig deeper and realize that they are drinking upwards of 5 cocktails a week! There’s your problem! Again, if you are at your goal weight and having no trouble maintaining it - drink up! Otherwise, you have a choice to make between your weight….and your wine. ;)
4. Everything is a ‘treat’.
A treat is supposed to be special. And it’s special because it’s something that you don’t have all the time. Having a cookie or a piece of cake or an oversized whipped-up coffee drink every day as your ‘afternoon treat’ is not the proper use of a treat. If you’re having it every day, it’s not a treat….rather, it’s just a regular part of your diet. If you’re having a greasy noodle dish from the Thai place once a week, even THAT is not really a ‘treat’ - it’s your regular Thursday night dinner. Treats are infrequent. That’s what makes them so exciting, and worth savoring and relishing and enjoying. Again, if you are currently at your goal weight and happy with your body - treat yourself as much as you like! But if you’ve been scratching your head as to why you’re not losing weight, I encourage you to re-evaluate your treat frequency!
5. You think this should all be a whole lot easier.
I get it. It’s a big, crappy DOWNER to realize that, if you want to lose weight, you need to make some different choices in they way you feed yourself and care for yourself. It’s an even BIGGER downer to realize that you have to keep making those choices again and again and again over time. You can’t just order a healthy salad for lunch and consider your work ‘done’ for the week. Ya gotta KEEP GOING. Every meal. Every bite. Every day. It takes time to create new habits and see results. Please don’t grow discouraged and give up if you haven’t lost all the weight you want to lose after 3 weeks. That’s precisely the moment when you need to double down and keep going. Just. Keep. Going.