How’s your dieting plans working out for you? I can tell you from experience—the more times you fail, the harder it is to lose weight. That’s why I want to answer your question “Why can’t I lose Weight no matter what I do?”
Go through this list to see if any of these sound like something you’ve done (or not done). These are real reasons that keep people from losing weight no matter what they do!
Ten Reasons You Can’t lose Weight
10. Doing a fad diet
Fad diets don’t work. They are here today and gone tomorrow. That’s why they get coined with the term “fad.” If they worked, they’d still be around?
Only eating plans that have stood the test of time lose the phrase “fad diet” and become popular and well known.
Atkins and South Beach diets are two diets to lose weight with that have stood the test of time and turned into healthy eating plans.
Many doctors and nutritionist are finally coming on board with these two diets, and admitting they are a healthy way to lose weight.
9. Eating too few calories
You already know you need to cut calories to lose weight. But restricting your calorie intake too much causes adverse effects on your body. Too few calories will back fire, and stop weight loss.
A calorie is a unit of fuel. Your body needs fuel to function. When you restrict your daily calories too far below what you need, your body will think it’s going into starvation mode. Now it will start taking nutrients from the muscles, instead of body fat.
A better approach is to eat the recommended daily calorie allowance for your size and weight loss goals and start adding some muscle building exercises.
Muscles burn fat so adding more muscle will keep your metabolism and the fat burning process going. You may notice a slight increase in weight at first, but keep it up. Before long you’ll notice the pounds of fat coming off because the muscles are using that fat as energy/fuel.
8. Going too long between meals
Waiting too long to eat can have negative effects in your weight loss process too. The body’s metabolism keeps at a good pace as long as it has something to work with.
When you skip meals or wait too long to eat, it will slow down your metabolism, thus slowing down the fat burning process as well. It’s best to eat several small meals per day, plus have several snacks in between meals, making sure they’re healthy snacks and not sugary treats.
Eating every few hours will keep your metabolism stoked and burning calories.
7. Unrealistic weight loss goals
Setting unrealistic weight loss goals, like expecting to lose ten pounds in one week is another cause of failure. If you don’t lose those ten pounds you’ll soon give up trying.
For long term weight lose, a better goal is one or two pounds per week. That doesn’t sound like much, but over the course of a several weeks or even months it will add up, without you losing interest or motivation to diet.
You didn’t put on those extra pounds in a few days, you can’t expect to lose them in a few days either. In fact, it may take longer to lose them than it did to gain them.
6. Failing to organize and plan ahead
Not planning ahead and being organized with your weight loss plans is another cause of failure. If you don’t have a plan or a goal to reach, how do you expect to get there?
Having a plan means you know when to add an exercise or change up your routine, how many days per week you plan to workout, or even there will be days you need to watch your calories more closely because of a special occasion.
I’ve found that keeping an inexpensive At-A-Glance desk calendar either on my desk or pined to a wall is a great place for me to keep track of my goals and progress. I simply note my goals for the week on every Sunday, and then have a place to make notes about my progress. Keeping this in front of me all the time, helps me stay organized and on track.
5. Failing to stock up on the right foods
If you don’t have healthy foods and snacks in your home, you’re more likely to grab some junk food when you get hungry. You have to keep good foods on hand so they are available to you at all times.
Keep fresh fruits and vegetables well stocked so you can grab those instead of cookies or crackers the next time you want a snack. Go ahead and chop some up into bite-sized pieces and keep them in storage containers so you can grab them quickly.
This is especially helpful if you’ve gone too long without eating and need something quick.
4. Failing to get rid of temptations
If you keep bad foods around, like chips, cookies, cake or crackers you’re more likely to grab those for a quick fix when you get hungry. The old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” is especially true of food.
If you’re craving something and it’s in your home chances are you will grab it instead of the fruit or other healthy snacks.
Make sure you clean out your pantry before trying a new weight loss plan.
3. Not exercising
It doesn’t matter how much you cut your calories, you’ll get faster results if you exercise.
There are many fad diets that claim you can lose weight without exercise, but the truth is the body was designed to move. You don’t have to jump into a full-blown fitness guru mode, but you do need to start getting more daily activity into your routine.
You can start by walking or doing a light aerobics training a few times each week. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Simply start getting out and moving more so you speed up the fat burning process and get your metabolism into a higher gear.
2. Not having a plan
This is similar to the one above. If you don’t have a plan made out for your weight loss journey you won’t have guidelines to stick to.
It’s much easier to give up if you don’t have something written down on your calendar to remind you to get out and exercise or when to increase your exercise. (did you miss how I use my calendar in #6?)
Also, if you plan to introduce new foods into your eating plan, you need some kind of guide to go by. You may want to add one food per week or one every other week. When you have this written down you don’t have to question when or which food it is, you simply look at your plan.
1. Failing to start
The number one reason that people don’t reach weight loss success is that they simply don’t start. They keep talking about it, maybe even keep planning it, but until they take action and start working those plans, nothing will happen.
You don’t have to start off with starving yourself. You just need to
start. You can start by cutting out some junk foods and replacing them with healthier snacks. Start walking 2 or 3 days per week until you can work up to more. The key to success with anything is to start the program. Sticking to it may be hard, but until you start you will not get anywhere.
Don’t set yourself up to fail at losing weight. Plan ahead, have healthy, low-fat food at hand, eat regularly and get enough calories so you don’t slow down your metabolism, and do the exercise.