If you reach a point where you cannot lose weight regardless of what you do, you may feel like throwing in the towel and giving up once and for all Don’t! There’s likely some very simple explanations why you can’t take off any weight, and when you resolve them the weight should begin coming off.
Are you overeating?
Sometimes you don’t realize just how many calories a food or drink has, so you ingest a lot more calories than you intend to. Create a list of what ever you consume over the course of your day so you can keep track and calculate the number of calories it adds up to. A simple method to find out your daily caloric needs is to multiply your present weight by 10. That gives you the amount of calories that you would need to consume to keep your current weight. To lose a pound per week you’ll want to reduce the amount of calories you consume by 500 daily, that will create a 3500 calorie deficit weekly which will equal approximately 1 pound of weight loss. So, if you need to consume 2,000 calories to maintain your weight, you’d want to cut back to approximately 1,500 to lose weight.
You don’t eat enough
Believe it or not by not consuming enough you can sabotage your weight loss plans. Your body feels as though it’s experiencing a famine so your metabolic rate slows down and it becomes more difficult to lose weight. Once again, figure out how many calories you are eating every day and if necessary you may have to bump it up a little bit. However, don’t bump it up by consuming junk food. Instead, choose higher-calorie healthy foods, like drizzling some olive oil on your salad, or eating an ounce or two of trail mix for a healthy snack. And eat smaller meals more frequently, rather then three large meals throughout the day. It’ll keep your body’s fat burning systems operating more smoothly and efficiently.
You don’t get enough physical activity
Exercising and dieting combine to make a powerful combination to lose weight, it helps you to avoid having to lower your consumption of calories to drastically while helping you to burn more fat. If you cut back 500 calories daily and work off an additional 500 calories daily you’ll be on track to safely lose two lbs a week.
Poor dietary habits
What kinds of foods are you currently eating each day? Are you consuming mostly whole, organic foods, or do you generally eat processed foods that are high in fat, sugar and sodium? Needless to say that your weight loss plans will go smoother and be much more successful if you consume healthy foods. Your body needs lots of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, so make sure you provide them with the foods you eat, and you might even want to take a high-quality multi-vitamin too.
If you still cannot lose weight even though you have addressed all of the previous concerns, there could be some medical reason for your sluggish weight loss problems. Two that come to mind are an under-active thyroid gland, or some medication you could possibly be taking that’s making weight loss difficult. Both of these situations might be interfering with your ability to lose weight in which case you will need to talk with your physician to find out what he or she recommends.
Just don’t get frustrated and lose hope and give up. Just because the weight doesn’t come off easily it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to reach your weight loss goals, you just need a little more determination and perseverance than the average person.