By Alyssa St-Jean (LowFatLowCarb.com)
I know, I know… You are doing everything right, yet the scale refuses to budge. You are extremely frustrated and you are probably leaning towards abandoning your project. WAIT! Don’t give up on your diet just yet! There are many reasons why your body may not be responding to your chosen weight loss diet but it could also be because you are unknowingly doing something wrong. Don’t worry; it is all about progress, not perfection. Remember that! Learn from your mistakes and move forwards, never backwards.
Here are some of the most common reasons why the pounds just won’t melt away:
You are not drinking enough H20
We all know that drinking water is important however; this simple task seems to be the first tip that slips out the door when it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this tip. Whether you are on a weight loss diet or not, you should be drinking a minimum of 2 liters of water per day. This will keep you feeling hydrated and will also allow your body to function properly throughout the day.
You are trying to eliminate entire food groups
Don’t try to eliminate entire groups of foods. This is a recipe for disaster. By doing so, you could be voluntarily setting yourself up for a major food binger and even worst, you could be giving yourself a nutritional deficiency. Instead of ditching a food group, focus on portion control. Often, it is not so much the foods that you are eating that are responsible for weight gain; it is the combinations and portions that are to blame.
You are overeating “healthy” foods / “low-fat” foods
There are lots of foods out there that are healthy but that does mean that you can chow down on them all day long. Nuts, fruit, dairy and whole wheat all offer great nutritional benefits however, you still need to monitor how much of the stuff you are eating and when you are eating it. Always check out the suggested serving sizes before you go to town.
You are always “sorta” on a diet
You can’t expect to see results if you are consistently modifying your plan according to your own set of rules. If you commit to following a well-calculated diet/exercise plan, than stick it out to the end and don’t deviate. Otherwise, you are only punishing yourself by making the process longer than it needs to be.
You are not getting enough zzzzzzz’s
You are constantly busy balancing work, family and friends. Scheduling in workouts can be kind of a daunting task and unfortunately, it is sleep time that often gets the boot. Whether you prefer setting the alarm clock earlier or whether you choose to hit the gym late at night, it is important that you get enough sleep to compensate. You need that extra energy to keep up with your new healthy regime. Skipping out on sleep could affect could increase your body’s appetite since it will seek energy from other sources other than rest.
You don’t mix up your veggies
Hopefully by now, you are aware that you should be eating on average 5 to 7 servings of veggies per day. Produce is full of fiber that allows your body to feel full longer. Veggies are also packed with healthy nutrients and have very few calories. It is important to switch it up though every now and then. I get that you love your cucumbers but try something new to keep things interesting and reduce the dullness effect.
You eat on the go
So, you are a busy working mama, always on the go. Finding the time to sit and eat a proper meal is not always an option. But walking to your next meeting or standing at the counter does not exactly consist of a smart eating habit. Doing so does not exactly save you any time or effort either since mindlessly eating can often lead to overconsumption, which means more calories to burn later. Take the time to set aside meal times apart from your daily routine. Focus on what you are eating and then get back to your tasks. Trust me, they’ll still be there!
You love your toppings & dressings a little too much
Who doesn’t love creamy dressings, cranberries, cheese or croutons on their salads? Very few… Salads are a great low calorie meal option but you must be careful and aware as to what you are putting on it. You could be unknowingly tripling your salad’s calories without even realizing it!
You skip out on breakfast
You may think that skipping out on breakfast is a great way to save up your daily calories. This is not true. This is simply setting yourself up for a binging episode later. Not good! You must eat breakfast in order to jump-start your metabolism. A good one too! One that is filled with protein and fiber to give your body the energy it needs to kick-start the day right.
You keep a food journal – but only when it is convenient…
Keeping a food journal is a great way to monitor your daily calorie intake and exercise routine. It is YOUR journal, be truthful! It does not need to be perfect all the time. Yes, there will be slip ups and yes there will be days that you are not so proud of but by writing it down, this means that you are aware and conscious of what just happened. Don’t just write the good, the bad is part of your journey as well. If you write it down, you will remember it, troubleshoot it and learn to correct it!