5 Reasons You Continue To Struggle Losing Weight

The Exercise Trade Off

The Exercise Trade Off

If you do a whole bunch of exercise and create that calorie deficit, that means you can eat some more, right, so long as you do enough of said exercise? Unfortunately, it's not that simple.

You can hit the treadmill and burn off 500 calories and then eat crisps with a caloric value of 500 - that seems like a fair trade....but it isn't.

Junk foods lack nutrients that your body needs, like lean protein and wholesome carbs. If your body can't use the food you put in to repair muscles, etc, it will simply be stored as fat.

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Too Much Of A Good Thing

We often think that we can eat as much of the "healthy" options as we like. While this might be true for things like green vegetables, have you ever really looked at the calories in nuts? Also, something like a protein bar should be considered a great alternative to many others when looking for a post-gym snack, but that doesn't mean that you can eat as many as you like.

Whatever you put in your mouth, if you're not creating a calorie deficit then you won't lose weight.



You Don't Drink Enough Water

You Don't Drink Enough Water

Combined with healthy diet of food, water has been proven to be an effective weight loss tool (of course, you'd be dead without it too ....so there's that). It can help you feel a little more full than you might otherwise, but perhaps more importantly, it promotes metabolism by aiding your body's ability to burn calories.

It also goes without saying that you're energy levels go through the floor when you're dehydrated. Drink plenty of water!

Stress

Stress

Stress is the absolute worst!

In terms of weight loss, stress really hits your waist line. Of course, it negatively affects your self-control when it comes to cravings, but more importantly, the increase of stress hormone like cortisone lead to increased fat retention and insulin resistance.

If stress is an issue it really is a good idea to consider meditation. Just try it for a bit and see if you feel better after a week or so. If you feel better stress-wise, you're going to look better soon too. That's for sure!



You're Fixated On The Scales

You're Fixated On The Scales

You know that whole thing about how muscle weighs more than fat? Yeah, well that's true and could explain a bit about why you're not seeing your weight go down. Consider this; if you've started working out but haven't done a lot of exercise in the past, you're inevitably going to be putting on a small amount of muscle that you didn't have before, even if building muscle isn't one of your goals.

In this case, you can probably take more out of how well your clothes fit than what the measurement on your scales tells you.