4 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

February 14, 2018   |   Leave a comment   |   0

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one third of American adults, or roughly 35%, are obese. As you most likely know, obesity is the cause of many medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are the leading causes of preventable death in this country.

If you’re one of the many people who feel like they’ve tried everything to lose weight and it’s still not coming off, you may be missing a key reason. Here are 4 common reasons why people fail to lose weight:

Reason 1: Not Thinking While Eating (NTWE)

Some things you shouldn’t do at the same time – texting while driving, for example. But some things you should do at exactly the same time, like thinking and eating.

Many people pack on the extra pounds and have a hard time taking it off because of mindless eating. You know, eating in front of the TV while binge-watching Game of Thrones. Going through drive through then having a not-so-healthy breakfast driving to work. When you can’t even remember what you’ve eaten in one day, that’s a sure sign of NTWE.

The problem is, when we aren’t thinking about what we’re eating, we’re likely to not only eat the wrong kinds of foods, but far too much of them as well. Chew, swallow, repeat. This is what gets many of us into trouble.

It’s important to practice mindful eating. Pay close attention to the foods you buy and put in your body. Appreciate each delicious bite and slow down.

Reason 2: Emotional Eating

What’s the first thing many of us do when we are feeling stressed, anxious, sad and lonely? We reach for our favorite comfort foods. And usually those comfort foods are starchy and high caloric. When’s the last time you reached for an apple or a tossed salad when you were under pressure at work? Why eat a salad when Burger King is right up the street from your office?

Why do people eat starchy foods when they are emotional? It’s because that food gets converted into simple sugars once eaten, and our brains can use sugar as it does serotonin. This, in essence, makes us feel emotionally better and gives us a burst, albeit a short burst, of energy.

Beyond eating when we feel down, our bodies also make cortisol as a reaction to stress. This cortisol is part of the “fight or flight” cocktail. Cortisol wreaks havoc in our bodies and inhibits weight loss, catabolizes muscle, worsens insulin resistance, and promotes the storage of fat.

The best thing we can do to stop emotional eating is to be aware of our own state of mind and surround ourselves with heathy food choices. When you feel yourself reaching for chips instead of a piece of fruit, stop and think why you are doing it. Do you feel grumpy? Angry? Sad? Stressed? If so, recognize that eating unhealthily won’t help the situation, in fact, it could make a bad situation even worse.

To stop the effects of cortisol in the body it’s important to find a way to destress. This could be meditation, exercise, playing with your dog, or listening to music at the end of each night.

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Reason #3: Not Eating Enough

One of the biggest reasons people stop losing weight is because they are not eating enough. This may seem counterintuitive because you’ve been taught that if you eat less calories, you’ll lose weight. That’s true, but only to a point.

Cutting back on two or three hundred calories is a safe level to lose weight. But there are those people who cut back way too much and for far too long. The body cannot lose weight forever, by that I mean you can’t eat only 500 calories per day until you literally fade away into the wind. At some point the body will have to lower its energy expenditure. And guess what? You’re not going to lose any more weight, and you might wind up feeling sick and exhausted most of the time.

Instead of having a calorie deficit every day, consider cycling your calories so that you are eating less one day and more the next. This can often kickstart a stalled weight loss program.

Reason #4: You’re Eating Schedule is Off

Many of us lead such busy lives, we eat on the go. And that usually means whenever we have the time. Sometimes we may even skip a meal and then eat very late at night.

But there is a considerable amount of evidence that eating at regular meal times can improve the metabolic response to meals in some people. This is particularly true for women, who seem to benefit the most from a regular meal pattern.  Studies have also found that women who eat on a regular schedule had better insulin sensitivity and improved blood lipids.

If you’re not eating on a regular schedule, it could be hindering your weight loss goals. Try and get three square meals in a day and see if that doesn’t give your efforts a boost.

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