Wondering why it is hard for you to lose weight? I’m suggesting a few things to change to help you understand why you’re not losing weight. Check them out!
I know how it feels. Trust me. You pull on that pair of jeans that used to easily slide right on, and today they have you doing a jig, jumping up and down, side to side, to pull them all the way up your thighs and around your hips. Now the real test, zipping and buttoning them…all you have to do is suck in your tummy and not breath for the next, I don’t know, 12 hours maybe…
So you’ve gained some weight. It may be 5 pounds or even 15, but either way, it sure doesn’t feel good, especially when your once “loose” clothes are no longer fitting. YUCK! I am emphatic.
What are you going to do about it? What’s that you say? You’ve been trying, but nothing is working? You say you’ve tried EVERYthing? Call me skeptical, but I have a sneaking suspicion that there are still some few things you may not have tried and maybe eve some bad habits you’re holding on to.
As a personal trainer and fitness coach I spent years helping people get in shape, lose weight, become motivated and even love their bodies! While doing wellness coaching I spent lots of time talking to high risk individuals about their habits in an effort to unscramble how they became unhealthy and what’s keeping them that way.
We didn’t have a hand creating our genetic makeup when we came into this world. However, we can control most things when it comes to our health, including our weight. Have a look at the top 5 reasons I’ve found, over the years, people were unsuccessful in losing weight. Maybe some of them will sound familiar.
Reason why your’e not losing weight
- You’re not getting enough sleep.
- Your body increases production of the hormone Leptin when you sleep. Leptin is involved with regulating appetite, telling your brain when you’re full and when it should burn and store calories. During sleep your body increases its production to tell your brain that you have plenty of energy, you’re not hungry and you don’t have a need to burn any calories. It follows then that when you don’t get enough sleep, you have too little leptin in your system, your body doesn’t think you have enough energy and tells your brain you’re hungry. When you consume additional calories, your body takes the necessary steps to store the calories as fat so that that it will be available as energy the next time you need it.
- You are drinking your calories.
- I know you know EXACTLY what I am talking about here. We have a limited number of calories we consume and burn per day. Starting at age 40, our metabolism slows down an average of 5% per decade. YIKES! Because of this metabolic slow down, we need to be picky about the calories we consume, and drinking calories can be a big problem for some people! The problem with drinking our calories is that fluids don’t fill us the same way foods do. When we drink a 140 calorie soda, our bodies don’t register those calories as food and consequently subtract them from the remaining number of calories needed to meet our daily quota. Instead, those calories are simply tacked on top of our daily calorie quota. Don’t misunderstand, I certainly understand the occasional glass of orange juice, morning latte or glass of wine. Absolutely! Just be sure to be honest with yourself and clearly understand that you won’t be able to count on body queues (i.e. hunger) alone to determine correct consumption. You’ll need to closely track your calories when you choose to add liquid calories to your diet. A bit of good news is that milk-based (high in protein) drinks and soups tend to be more satiating than other fluids, making them cross over the beverage/food line.
- You aren’t grateful for the skin you’re in TODAY.
- Have you ever heard the saying, “Be grateful for what you have, and you’ll always have more than enough. Focus on what you don’t have, and you’ll never have enough.”? This holds true for our bodies as well as for material things and circumstances. Let me explain. I shared that I’ve been helping people get healthy, lose weight and find their joy for years. Many things make complete sense – like people who work harder see better and faster results. And people who complain and are negative tend to not get very far. I’ve also learned that in order to get to the next “level” with our bodies we must first accept and love them for exactly what and where they are.
- Here’s a personal example. I am a runner. I love to run. It’s freeing and exhilarating. It makes me feel alive. I had a snow skiing accident my freshman year in college and tore my ACL. The fallout from that injury and resulting surgery is that my right knee has limitations. For example, it’s no longer a good idea to run on it everyday nor is it a good idea to run distances of greater than say 3-5 miles. As a former marathoner, this has been and could still be quite devastating. BUT, I have not let this define me. As a matter of fact, I am completely grateful for both of my knees and especially my right one. It has given me so much life and works hard for me every.single.day. My right knee shows up. Doesn’t complain (okay, sometimes). Gets to work and quite literally supports me in all I do. My body is an incredible gift from God for which I am thankful.
- I realize you may have different circumstances that make you who you are. I don’t expect we would be the same. However, the same principal applies, you must accept and be grateful for you body today – whatever shape it is in before your body will let go of the weight and shed the pounds you are holding on to. I believe that this is more of a spiritual law than a physical one, but I dare you to put it to the test. I am 100% positive that if you take the time and positive energy to understand and be open to the blessings of your body that your body will be open to shedding some of the baggage that is quite literally weighing you down.
- You’re not eating enough protein.
- Protein helps in weight management and weight loss by increasing the number of calories burned by boosting your metabolic rate, reducing appetite and keeping you fuller than fat or carbs can.
- Eating 25-30% of your calories in protein can burn 80-100 calories per day PLUS curb your appetite to the tune of several hundred calories per day. Now that’s a good deal!
- You’re not drinking enough water.
- Water helps suppresses appetite, boosts our metabolism, cleanses our bodies of waste and keeps our water retention low. Also, there are times when we can confuse hunger with thirst.
If you’re having trouble shedding a few pounds and have the motivation to make some changes, I hope that the list above gives you a place to start. Believe me when I tell you that implementing the suggestions above, in addition to a healthy diet and exercise program, will help you feel better, be healthier and fit back into your skinny jeans. If you have any questions or comments, I’d be happy to engage. Please feel free to reach out at email@example.com.
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