If you’ve spent a few month or weeks committing to a strict diet routine, then you know how it feels to experience a lack of progress or results. Being successful at dieting can be difficult at times because you’re required to balance your calories input and the calories you expend. Most of the times, lack of results happens because you’re making common mistakes that even best dieters make. Don’t let the situation stress you further. Below are seven reasons why your diet isn’t working and ways to resolve that.
You’re Not Eating Enough
Cutting calories is part of most dieters’ programs. When you’re below about 1200 calories, which are the required amount per day, your body slows down metabolism to hold on to previous calories. Plus, you’re not getting enough nutrients in the body. Additionally, skipping meals in order to lose weight can be of a bad impact because your body goes to a starvation mode which also slows down metabolism.
The solution to this includes starting your day with breakfast so that your body can be aware of the availability of food and keep your metabolism going. You can skip snacks but don’t restrict calories intake, although you can cut back slightly. Your consistency and slight restriction should yield results soon.
You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
Lack of enough sleep can cause hormonal fluctuation which messes up your metabolism and increases your hunger more than usual. The recommended sleep time is between seven to nine hours a day for your body to function properly. Sleep deprivation tends to increase your craving for calories dense foods which are high in sugar and carbohydrate. As we all know, sugar and carbs are a recipe for weight gain. For a quality sleep, keep all the technologies like phone and computers off the bedroom. Also, you can invest in a quality mattress for a night sleep without disruption. Finally, avoid a stimulant like caffeine some hours before bed.
You Aren’t Drinking Enough Water
When you crave for a snack between meals, you should try to have a glass of water instead. You might be confusing thirst with hunger which is very common. Water helps with weight loss if taken the right way. Furthermore, drinking water can reduce the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages thus reducing the total fat and sugar intake. You can keep track of your water intake so that you can know if you are having enough of it. You should drink seven to eight glasses of water a day. Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere and sip it every now and then.
You Aren’t Exercising Enough
Being on diet without exercise can potentially lead to muscle loss. You should build up your muscle mass so that your body can effectively metabolize the fat you consume. Lean muscle mass has been linked to increased metabolic rate, hence your body burns more calories. This is a very sustainable approach to losing weight because your body burns fat even when you are not exercising.
You Are Stressed Out
Stress triggers a stress hormone, cortisol, which raises your blood sugar levels. Another hormone called insulin then comes into action and processes that blood sugar then stores it as fat. This means that if you’re always stressed your body is storing more fat and no matter how invested you are in dieting; it will not work. You should look for stress relieving activities like yoga, meditation among others. Also, spending time with friends and family can really help.
You can set all the dieting routine and exercise time but if you don’t stick to it then you will not lose weight. Most of the time you will follow the rules for the first few days but later you fall into relaxation mode. For you to achieve the required results, you must be committed to your diet as well as your exercise schedule. You can eat healthy from Monday through Friday but if you don’t do the same on Saturday and Sunday, don’t expect to meet your weight loss goals.
You Might Be Having Some Medical Issues
Sometimes health problems could prevent weight loss or cause weight gain. This is often overlooked and we tend to blame weight gain on eating unhealthy or not exercising enough. However medical issues like insulin resistance, chronic stress, hypothyroidism, or depression can all play a role in ineffective weight loss. You should consult your physician if you’re concerned about any of the above conditions. Diagnosis and treatment should be able to solve these issues.
Being committed and sticking to the diet and workout regimen should help you attain your desired amount of weight. This might not happen as soon as you’d like, but with a little bit of patience everything will turn out as expected.
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