Whether you’re doing it for your health or for vanity, regardless of your best efforts, here are 4 reasons you may not be losing weight.
1. You’re eating too few calories
Believe it or not, a calorie deficit could be the culprit behind your difficulty with losing weight.
The notion of burning more calories than you consume leaves so many factors unaccounted for such as your metabolism, the quality of calories you’re consuming, your daily activity etc.
When it comes to a calorie deficit, our bodies are in fact very adaptive to using what’s available. If it senses a calorie deficit and you’re not losing weight regardless of restricting how much food you eat, your body may have slowed down your metabolism in response to the lessened number of calories.
This is often the case for many people who fail to lose weight even on a calorie restrictive diet. The body simply uses less energy once it senses that there’s less fuel to burn.
What you can do:
The idea behind calorie restriction is to not overeat and not consume more than your body needs to the point where it stores extra calories as fat.
Instead of going on a calorie deficit, focus on consuming quality and nutrient dense calories instead. On paper, a breakfast of oatmeal, nut butter, bananas and coconut milk can seem like the more fattening option to, lets say, a low calorie granola bar, but what you don’t account for is that oatmeal breakfast is full of fiber, plant protein, and healthy fats that nourish your body whereas a diet granola bar could be full of sugar and artificial ingredients.
Where calories are concerned, focus on quality of quantity. It may take longer, but making healthy food choices over calorie deficits are more likely to give you the permanent and sustained weight loss you’re trying to achieve.
2. You have a metabolic disorder
For some individuals, a healthy diet and regular workout routine aren’t enough to lose weight. As disheartening as this may sound, weightloss for a significant amount of people doesn’t mean healthy food choices and regular exercise.
Metabolism plays a huge role in weight regulation and weightloss and when this is out balance, you can expect even the most disciplined and consistent diet and workout routine to yield zero or minimal weightloss results.
Metabolic disorders such as PCOS, Diabetes, and Hypothyroidism make it particularly difficult to lose weight and in more severe cases, make it hard to stop gaining weight.
What you can do:
The complex in’s and out’s of these metabolic disorders will require a visit to the doctor. If you suspect you have PCOS, Diabetes, or Hypothyroidism or any other metabolic disorder that could be sabotaging your weightloss efforts, firstly don’t be discouraged from living a healthy lifestyle and secondly, get a proper diagnosis from a doctor to know how best to proceed in managing the various symptoms that can come from these disorders.
For instance, women with PCOS tend to have a hard time losing weight due to insulin resistance. However, they find that they lose weight when taking insulin-regulating nutrients like cinnamon and myoinositol even without increasing their efforts at the gym.
People with Hypothyroidism often lack B Vitamins and Iodine and many benefit just from supplementing with these nutrients.
Whatever metabolic disorder you may have that’s getting in the way of your weightloss journey, consult with a doctor and nutritionist to see the best way you can help get your metabolism back on track.
3. You’re eating inflammatory foods
Look at the labels of the food you’re eating. Often, the culprit behind hampered weightloss efforts is due to inflammation that sneakily comes from inflammatory foods.
Ingredients like vegetable oil, saturated fats as well as foods that you may be intolerant to such as gluten, soy and dairy could be causing inflammation in your gut.
What you can do:
Avoid as much as you can overly refined ingredients and ingredients that your body is intolerant to. Chronic inflammation is linked to weight gain. Focus on an anti-inflammatory diet filled with antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables to help lower inflammation and in turn, lower the numbers of the scale.
4. You’re not taking care of your gut health
Gut health is integral in your weight loss efforts. Poor gut flora, low fiber, and lack of gut-supporting nutrients like probiotics and digestive enzymes can lead to deficiencies that negatively impact your gut microbiome.
With an unhealthy and imbalanced gut, you can expect to have more difficulty losing weight due to poor bowel movements, higher levels of inflammation, constipation, and toxin buildup all of which slow down your metabolism and even potentially make you gain weight.
What you can do:
Work on healing your gut health. A well rounded and fiber-rich balanced diet that incorporates probiotic rich foods, probiotic supplements and digestive enzymes can do wonders at healing your gut and increasing your metabolism.
Fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut are excellent when eaten alongside with prebiotic rich foods like papaya, artichokes, and garlic.
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