Whether you have been trying to lose weight for a while or you’ve decided now is the time for you to begin, you need to think about tracking your progress. Some people don’t see much change on their bathroom scale and believe that they’re not changing, but it’s things like measuring and using your clothing as a guide that can help you to see that the changes you are making are working.
But what if even those are failing you? Of course, there are medical weight loss solutions to prop you up and help you to propel forward but before you can go down that route it can help to learn why the weight isn’t going anywhere. This will mean exploring what you’re doing right now and whether the way you are working on yourself is helping or hindering your progress. So, with that in mind, here are some of the reasons why weight loss just isn’t happening.
- You don’t get enough sleep at night. Yep, you read that correctly; if you want your body to shed the pounds you have to rest them away. Sleep is restorative and healing and without it, your body won’t know which way is up or down. Sleep is excellent for both mental and physical health, so get your circadian rhythm in check.
- You are taking specific medications. Steroids are notorious for this, but there are medications out there that can prevent you from losing any weight at all. It seems counterproductive, to take a medication that keeps you at a higher weight and thus, unhealthy, but it’s just a side effect. Antidepressants, antipsychotics and medications for seizures can all do it.
- Your diet isn’t as good as you think it is. A balanced diet looks different for everyone and while you may think that your diet is perfect, you might find it’s actually more imbalanced than you realize. Not all diets are effective for everyone and that’s why it’s important to discuss your diet with a registered dietician. They can walk you through how you should be eating and direct you where you’re making less than helpful choices.
- You are pushing your workouts. Intensive workouts – believe it or not – are not the key to weight loss. In fact, going hard on the treadmill could be hindering your weight loss instead of helping it. High-intensity interval training doesn’t blast fat; it blasts energy stores of carbohydrates and not fat. Go slowly, gently, and over time. Workouts and strength exercises are going to be your friend because you can build your fat loss over time.
Weight loss is not linear and it happens differently for different people. If what you’re currently doing isn’t working, the best thing that you could do is to speak to your doctor and see what they come up with. There could be a number of reasons weight loss isn’t working for you but there will always be a way around that!