Last Updated on 2021-01-26 , 7:18 pm
Tried every single diet in the world and you’re still stuck looking like a heavy sack of potatoes?
Well, there might be a myriad of reasons why you’re not losing weight.
See, losing weight’s so much more than just the latest diet fad. Apart from a basic premise that prioritises your daily caloric expenditure, weight loss is also affected by such factors as exercise, stress, hydration and nutrients.
So yes, it’s doable, but you just have to tweak your diet a little bit if it’s not working out well for you. And so, allow me to take you on a journey down the weight-loss lane, as we uncover the mystic art that’s weight-loss and the various prophecies that make it tick.
Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight Despite Being On A Diet
There’s a number of reasons why you’re not losing weight despite being on a diet.
And here’re a few.
1. You’re Not Expending Enough Calories
Fitness trainers have been preaching it for years.
Weight loss isn’t just about cutting out all the unhealthy stuff. It’s also making sure that you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in.
Sure, you can eat chicken breast for breakfast, eat chicken breast for lunch and eat chicken breast for dinner. But if you’re still somehow stuffing in more calories than your body expends, you’re still not gonna lose weight.
Though it might count for some solid muscle mass, especially if you’ve been working your ass off in the gym.
So the next time you observe a diet, make sure that the ingredients involve a reasonable caloric deficit and not just a whole host of healthy food that’s gonna cost a serious deficit… in your wallet.
Alternatively, you can click here to access your daily metabolic rate.
Trust me, that shit’s worth it.
2. Exercise If You Need To
Exercise might not be necessary to your weight-loss goals, but it’s definitely a useful accessory when utilised correctly.
Jogging, for example, could burn you as many as 100 calories per mile of running.
For swimming, a 130-pound person swimming freestyle for one hour will burn 590 calories swimming fast, and 413 calories swimming slower.
Even walking burns calories, with a 180-pound person burning 100 calories for every mile walked and a 120-pound person burning 65 calories for every mile.
So pick an exercise you like, churn out those numbers and your weight loss journey should be smooth and fruitful.
Plus, as long as you stick closely to the first point, you’ll be able to eat more with every exercise routine performed.
3. Watch Your Stress Levels
You’ve been observing your diet for ages. But that weight scale machine nestled in a corner of your room simply refuses to comply.
Hah, the machine seems to taunt with a cursive smile. Suck on it will ya?
Well, excessive hydration might be a possible reason, considering how fluids aren’t exactly featherlight. And another’s…
Yeah, stress is dangerous. Pretty darn dangerous.
See, when you’re stressed, cortisol levels tend to spike. And the thing about cortisol’s that it’s no protein, omega-3 fatty acid or even complex carbs;
It’s a goddamn nightmare for your body system.
For starters, high cortisol levels contribute towards the following factors:
- Intestinal problems, such as constipation, bloating or diarrhoea
- Anxiety or depression
- Weight gain
- Increased blood pressure
- Low libido, erectile dysfunction or problems with regular ovulation or menstrual periods
- Difficulty recovering from exercise
- Poor sleep
All of which contributes zero positivity to your diet plans. Instead, you’ll more often than not find yourself reaching for that extra bagel, or cream cheese, or Hershey’s newest Dark Chocolate Almond Cheese Tofu Fish with Coconut Ice Cream choco bar.
Which probably sets your diet plans awry.
So do yourself a favour, and try to keep yourself relaxed at all times. As the Chinese say:
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