Nearly all weight loss problems are caused by two things: metabolism and diet choices. They both affect one another, and if you are wondering why your weight loss diet isn’t working, it could be because one or the other, or both. If you believe the actual food you are eating is on tract, then the reason you are not losing weight is probably due to changes in your metabolism. But there’s always a solution! You just need to figure out what your particular problem is, and adjust accordingly.
There are Many Reasons Your Metabolism May Not Be Working the Way it should
Probably the largest reason people aren’t seeing the results they want with their weight loss diet is because they aren’t eating enough. The word “diet” is often associated with hunger and starvation – but that’s not the case. The best results in any weight loss plan come from diets that have you eat 4-6 times daily. This gives your body continual nourishment, and prevents you from getting hungry and snacking on things you shouldn’t. This also keeps your metabolism moving at a fast pace, because not only is it continually digesting food (burning more calories!), but it also keeps your body from going into starvation mode and slowing down. Eat more, and you will lose more. It’s pretty simple.
Crash diets are another problem. Many people know that crash diets cause you to lose weight quickly at first, but then often throw your metabolism into a tailspin, and it ends up functioning at a snail’s pace. This is probably why people gain weight back so quickly after crash diets: they lose weight, make their metabolism slower, and then they resume eating normally, leading to more calories consumed with even less burned than before the diet. Crash diets also take a toll on your organs. With your kidneys and liver taking a hit, you’re bound to end up with a number of other reasons why your body just won’t drop the weight.
Another issue when it comes to metabolism is age. As people age, their metabolisms slow down, so your basal metabolic rate (“BMR” – the number of calories you burn when doing nothing) may be a lot less than you think. This may play a part in why your diet isn’t working for you, as you may not have as large of a calorie deficit as you think. You may also want to see a doctor and have your thyroid checked, because a thyroid that has slowed will cause your metabolism to slow down, too.
Maybe It Really Is the Food…
Even if you are following your diet plan to a “T”, the reason your weight loss diet isn’t working for you may very well be the food itself. This is because although people know certain foods are healthy, they still fail to understand what “healthy” food actually means. Yes, it’s good for you, but you still have to watch the portions: people tend to overeat healthy food under the misconception that it’s OK. For instance, olives, avocado and olive oil are very healthy for you, but they are also high in calories; you can’t eat a cup of avocado and equate it to a cup of steamed spinach. The same goes for “fat free” items, whose labeling may be misleading – while they still may be “fat free,” they are most definitely not calorie free.
The only way around this is to be calorie conscious. You should be checking out the labels for actual serving size (or look it up on the internet) and buy a kitchen scale. Even the better digital ones may be purchased for less than twenty dollars and it can make a huge difference in the number of calories you are ingesting.
If you are frustrated because your weight loss diet isn’t working, don’t think too much about it. Stress can also play a role in stifling your metabolism, so it’s best to just keep arming yourself with knowledge and keep going. It’s not unusual for a body to plateau for a week or so, with a significant drop in weight that follows shortly thereafter. As long as you keep trying, you will get there!
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