You’re following the program, you’re exercising regularly, your calorie intake is down, yet you’re still not losing the weight? This can become very frustrating and confusing. What is the answer for this?
Well, despite your calorie intake lowering, the reason could lie in the foods you’re eating. Particular types of diets and specific foods could be the thing holding you back from losing the extra weight.
Here are 5 reasons why you aren’t losing weight!
You Have Portion Distortion
Just because you are eating healthy foods doesn’t mean you can over-eat on them!
It is incredibly important to pay attention to portion sizes with your meals, as overly generous servings will ultimately end up in you eating more calories, which in turn will bring about no favourable change on the scales.
Check out Belinda’s advice on managing portion sizes here.
You Go Overboard On Your ‘Cheat’ Day
If you’ve been working hard and sticking to a diet the entire week yet indulge yourself in double or triple the calories one your ‘cheat’ day, don’t be surprised when the scales don’t move in your favour.
Cheat meals are a great reward for when you’ve had a win, but dedicating an entire day to eating as many empty calories as possible will hurt your weight loss goals.
You’re Cutting Out An Entire Food Group
Particular diet plans like keto encourage eliminating entire food groups in order to lose weight. Completing scrapping a food group like carbohydrates ultimately means you will eliminate the intake of lower-calorie foods like veggies and fruits, and replace them with high-calorie fats.
This often leads to higher overall calorie intake, meaning you won’t lose any weight.
You’re Eating Too Much of One Food Group
A healthy diet requires a balanced mix of the main food groups – protein, carbohydrates and fats. You may have been counting calories, but if 90% of your calories are made up of carbohydrates then you are unlikely to lose weight.
You can track your macros intake on apps like MyFitnessPal.
You’re Not Eating Enough
You may be thinking that if you eat little calories that you will lose a considerable amount of weight. However, this isn’t true.
When you eat less than around 1200 calories a day your body thinks it is in starvation mode, and will then start to hold onto the fat you have to use as energy. This means that you will not be losing the fat that you would if you ate more healthy calories.