Updated: Aug 21
Losing weight isn't easy, and sometimes even though you feel you are doing everything right, the weight just isnt shifting. If you feel like this, have a read through the following and see if any applies to you.
1: Focusing on the scales.
Remember, the scales are just a tool, not to be all and end-all. It is just one measure of weight loss but can't take into account hydration and food in your system. Weight loss can fluctuate daily for the following reasons!
For women, weight loss can be hard to measure during menstruation as the body retains more water during this time. This leads to higher weight on the scales but will not accurately reflect your true fat loss.
2: Eating too many (or too few) calories
A calorie deficit is required for weight loss. We all have a tendency to underestimate and wrongly report what we are eating in terms of calories consumed. One study on this found that people underreported their calorie intake by 1000 calories!
Bear in mind that you may be that you may be eating healthy foods, you just might need to watch your portions. While snacks like cheese and nuts are healthy sources of fats, they are high in calories so portion carefully and be aware of what you are eating.
It's also important to be aware that undereating can harm your efforts also. If you eat too few calories you can end up losing muscle as well as fat and this can be detrimental to your health.
3: Not exercising enough
Exercise helps keep you in a calorie deficit, boosts fat loss, and helps you maintain lean muscle mass. Performing resistance training is incredibly useful for weight loss. While cardio gets the heart going and will burn calories, adding resistance training is what really is going to give your weight loss boost. Building muscle increases your basic metabolic rate (the amount of calories your body burns just to function) which means burns more calories at rest! You can't get that toned look without building muscle!