You starved yourself to death, you followed every tip and trick written in the book to the letter, you followed all the fad diets religiously, you have undergone various diet challenges, but you are unable to make a dent in your waist size.
If this is your situation, then you are not alone. Thousands of people who are eager to reduce their weight are in the same situation.
Now is the time to stop and start thinking where you are going wrong. Maybe, you are doing something unknowingly that is preventing you from losing weight. Let me help you to identify them. So, please keep reading.
1. You are eating too close to bedtime
If you eat close to bedtime, your body temperature will increase and your blood sugar and insulin levels will shoot up making it hard for your body to burn fat. You should stop eating 3-4 hours before your bedtime.
2. You are skipping your breakfast
Many people skip breakfast thinking that it will reduce their weight. This is false. If you do not eat a proper breakfast, you will feel hungry later in the day and you may overeat during lunchtimes. You should eat a high-fiber, protein-rich breakfast within 1 hour of waking up.
3. You are eating too little
If you think that eating a low-calorie diet will help you to reduce your weight, you are wrong. If you eat less food, your body will adjust accordingly. Your metabolism will slow down and your body burns less fat. Instead of reducing weight, you might actually end up increasing it. So, eat a well-balanced diet.
4. You are a woman
According to studies, men lose weight quickly and women will take time to lose weight. Further, it is easier for men to lose belly fat while women may find it difficult to lose it. Therefore, if you are a woman, you have to be patient and consistent with your weight loss plan.
5. You are getting old
You lose muscle mass as you get older. Less muscle mass means less metabolism and less fat burning. Therefore, it is important that you should increase your muscle mass by doing weight training exercises such as lifting weights.
6. You are not getting enough sleep
If you do not get enough sleep, it may have cumulative effects on your health. Poor sleep will make you tired and less energetic. You will not have enough energy to do the exercise nor enough will power to make good diet choices. Further, lack of sleep reduces your metabolism making it hard to burn excess fat.
7. You are genetically predisposed
You must accept the fact that some bodies are better at burning fat than others. If your parents or grandparents are overweight, then most probably you will also be overweight. You cannot do much if you are genetically predisposed to gain weight. All you could do is to exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced diet.
8. You have a thyroid problem
If your thyroid is underactive, you will gain weight because your body will store more salt and water. If it is overactive, you may gain weight because you will always be hungrier and therefore eat more often. If you think that, you have a thyroid problem you must visit your doctor for consultation.
9. You have stress and anxiety issues
Stress and anxiety will make you take the wrong food choices. To reduce your stress you might reach for a high calorie and high-fat foods. Further, stress can cause your body to store more fat. If you feel stressed and anxious, do some meditation and try to relax.
In conclusion, these 9 issues might be the reason you are not losing weight. Keep a track of them and change your weight-loss plan accordingly.