It’s no secret that Brea’s on a journey to get fit (I mean, it’s the name of this site, right?!). But sometimes, even with the best intentions, things don’t work out.
You are trying very hard, but the scale is not budging. It’s only natural to wonder whether those pounds will ever shed off.
However, do not raise the white flag for now, because there are many reasons why you could be experiencing this. Look at these sneaky things and find out if one of them is messing up your weight loss plans.
Why Your Diet Failed
Is it because I am impatient?
The biggest issue is often impatience. We all want to hit our goals fast enough and get the perfect body soonest possible so that we can resume our regular diet.
The worst part is that our bodies give us the impression that this is possible by losing lots of water weight at the beginning.
It makes us imagine that if we hit a little harder, we can lose 20 to 30 pounds of fat within a month. Most people give up quickly because they want fast progress, which is often not forthcoming.
Am I getting adequate sleep?
When you do not get enough doze, losing weight can be a hurdle. Your metabolism might slow, and you won’t burn calories as fast as you would like.
Also, lack of sleep may reduce your energy, which makes it harder to work out. When you are ever fatigued, you are vulnerable to making poor diet choices, such as taking sweets rather than fruits.
Could it be because I am regularly bored?
We tend to practice mindless eating when we are bored and looking for a distraction. It is the primary reason why we eat when we aren’t hungry.
So, what’s the solution? Look for another distraction, such as going for a walk. You can also eliminate your access to food when you know you will stay alone in the house or will be bored.
Am I under constant stress?
Many of us manage their emotions with food. This is understandable because food offers comfort and gives us a sense of control.
It is also a leading source of enjoyment. Unfortunately, those calories add up and cause more turmoil than joy.
If you feel that emotional eating could be the reason why your dieting is not working, consider the various healthily options of reducing stress. Consult an expert, workout often, or do yoga.
Am I engaging in workouts that are too hard?
Believe it or not, your workout spree could be the reason for failed dieting.
Some programs might derail your weight loss program, especially those that cause you to take too much time off or those that result in injuries. Getting daily physical activity is vital, but make sure you keep the program at minimal levels.
Is my thyroid acting up?
If your thyroid is underactive, you might have a condition known as hypothyroidism. It might result in weight gain due to the buildup of water and salt in your body.
On the other hand, an overactive thyroid results in hyperthyroidism. Some people with this condition lose weight while others pick up extra pounds because it increases the urge to eat.
Is it because of my gender?
Your gender makes a difference in how you shed off calories. A study suggests that men drop pounds faster than women.
However, women show more success with regards to long-term effects. Where you want to lose weight also matters. Guys lose belly fat more efficiently than the ladies.
What about my genes?
Yea, your genes might be the reason why you can’t see any changes on the scale. While some people have an easy time burning fat, others have a hard time.
You don’t have control over your genes, which means that you may require working a little harder to lose weight and burn calories.
Do I have a problem with my general health?
Medical conditions might make it harder to slim down. Some of the medical conditions that could be behind your weight issues are:
- Heart disease
- Sleep disorders
- Hormonal imbalance
- Eating disorders
You might also have difficulty losing weight if you are taking drugs for:
- Birth control
- Bipolar disorder
- High blood pressure
If you are taking these drugs and weight is an issue for you, talk to your physician.
Controlling your appetite is an important aspect of weight loss, but it is not the only important part. Consider the factors named above. If any of that is a factor of concern, consider speaking to your doctor or dietitian about ways to overcome the obstacle.
Samantha Rosario is a writer in Healthy Heroics, a mother and resident of the greatest city in the world, NYC. When not working at a Manhattan publishing house, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits.