I have known Theresa for 2 years or more. Theresa is fat, I wouldn’t say she is obese so I’ll settle with fat.
Every time we try to hang out and talk, she is always on a weight loss goal. Truth is, there is no sign to prove she is actually losing weight. If she doesn’t still look exactly the same way she looked at our last meeting, she is putting on weight.
Are you facing the same deal as Theresa?
No matter how hard you try to shed a few pounds, your bathroom scale still reads the same amount. Well, do not think your scale is inaccurate. As a matter of fact, it is accurate.
As a result of the constant failure in losing weight, you seem frustrated and just want to give up. Well, losing weight is possible and it’s not meant for just some persons.
Even you can lose weight. With the right procedures and a few changes to some lifestyle habits, you will find yourself shedding few pounds and notice a remarkable change in your figure.
It’s not time to lose hope. But rather, time to identify what is wrong and work towards changing it.
Continue reading to find out if any of the reasons below is why that scale wouldn’t budge.
8 reasons why am i not losing weight?
There are many sneaky reasons why your body is finding it hard to trim down. It all balls down to little lifestyle habits that you may not even think of. If you are serious about losing weight, try to work on any of these reasons if they apply to you.
Are you Skipping Breakfast?
I am guessing you didn’t even think the breakfast you were missing on those mornings wouldn’t count.
Well, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and missing it, has some consequences.
Eating breakfast especially one rich in protein helps to increase the feeling of fullness till later in the day. This means you wouldn’t be sneaking out later to satisfy your cravings by indulging in unhealthy foods, rich in fat and sugar.
When you ditch breakfast, you will definitely feel super hungry and end up eating breakfast plus lunch altogether.
Before rushing off to carry out the days’ activities, ensure you eat a high-fiber and protein-rich breakfast. This is so that you can feel full for a longer time and consistently doing this, will promote healthy eating habits and eventually, weight loss.
Fill up on eggs, Greek yogurt, toasts, banana, etc.
Am I a Late Night Eater?
We know you have excuses but are they really worth it.
Quit eating close to bedtime and watch your weight drop. Eating late at night can ruin your weight loss goals.
When you eat close to bedtime, your body temperature, insulin, and blood sugar level are raised making it extremely hard for you to lose weight.
Dinner should be eaten like a beggar. Always have something very light at night and make sure to eat at least 3 hours before bedtime.
Also, stop waking up during late hours of the night to snack. This is a terrible habit for anyone who wants to shed few pounds and maintain it.
When you snack after supper, you take in calories excessively without even knowing. After supper, if you will be staying up late working or watching a movie, grab a fruit bowl or suck on hard candy.
Is it Gender-based?
You must have heard that men lose weight quickly than women. This may be the reason why losing weight is extremely hard for you.
But, this could be handled only that it may take a while to see results.
Lifting weight can help build muscles in places where fat is. All you have to do is find a fitness trainer or the right equipment such as dumbbells or barbells and work the weight out.
You may begin to see results in 3 -6 months. Always remember that for your workout to show results, you have to be patient and consistent.
Do I Sleep Enough?
Inadequate sleep can cause you to gain excessive weight. The recommended amount of sleep is 7 to 8 hours per night. And if you are not getting enough sleep like this, every night, then this may be the reason why it’s hard for you to lose weight.
Sleeping less can slow down metabolism and cause slow burning of calories.
When you are not getting enough rest and sleep as you should, you make unhealthy eating choices.
So, get enough sleep and quit working or partying at night.
Am I Stressing Myself Out?
Stress is one of the major factors that promote weight gain. The stress hormone cortisol is in high production whenever you are stressed and this hormone is linked to weight gain.
When you are stressed out, your body stores fatter than it should. Plus, stress could cause you to make poor food choices like grabbing a bucket of ice cream or reaching out to other unhealthy foods.
If you are stressed out, practice some self-care tips like meditation, hanging out with family and friends, exercising, practicing yoga or sleeping.
Could my Thyroid Be Acting up?
It’s possible that you may have an underactive thyroid problem, hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is a condition linked to weight gain and it occurs as a result of the buildup of salt and water in your body.
Most times, you could have an overactive thyroid, hyperthyroidism.
People with hyperthyroidism lose weight but other people gain weight because the condition comes with feelings of hunger every time.
As you can see, thyroid problems could cause weight gain since it affects your metabolism and energy levels.
We advise that you consult your doctor to check if you think it is a problem or If you are beginning to experience symptoms.
Is it my Genes?
Most times, genetic factors could be responsible for the difficulty in losing weight.
Every person’s body is different from another and as such, it may be harder for your body to burn fat and easy for another person.
You must have inherited this from your parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents.
If we could control our genes, then, we would change plenty of things. But, we have no control over our genes.
The best thing to do is to put in more effort and work harder to burn calories and lose weight.
Is There Something Wrong with my General Health?
Maybe. Most times, some medical conditions make it extremely hard for you to lose weight. No matter how hard you try, whether by dieting or exercising, you still wouldn’t slim down.
Some medical conditions responsible for your weight issues include:
Eating disorders like bulimia
Other times, some medications can make it hard for you to lose weight. If you take drugs for the following conditions below, then they may be the reason for your weight issues.
High blood pressure
If any of the drugs you are consuming is interfering with your weight loss goals, try talking to your doctor to see if there are other alternatives.
If you are finding it hard to lose weight, any of the above reasons might be responsible.
Find out which one applies to you. And also find suitable ways to work on them so losing weight can be easy.