10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight
You Haven't Given Yourself Enough Time to See Results
This may sound strange, but just because you're not losing weight doesn't mean you're not getting results. Often, the results we expect are based on one thing: The scale. If it doesn't move, we decide we're failures regardless of what's actually happening both inside and outside our bodies.
Add to that the fact that there are many factors that affect weight loss which, again, can't always be measured or accounted for with the tools we have. In that sense, your body may be making changes that can't yet be measured with a scale or a tape measure.
Take some time to find out if you're realistic about weight loss by asking yourself these crucial questions:
- Are my weight loss goals realistic? Experts agree that a realistic weight loss goal is to focus on losing about .5 to 2 pounds a week. Any more than that and you would have to cut your calories so low, it may not be sustainable.
- Am I seeinganyresults? Forget about the scale and determine whether there are other changes happening that may indicate you're on the right track such as:
- Have I given myself enough time to see results? It often takes 3 or more months to see significant changes and, for a lot of people, it could take longer. Making lifestyle changes can be a challenge and we usually have a few slips before we're more consistent. And, keep in mind that the process isn't always linear. Unless you're perfect 100 percent of the time with your diet and exercise program, you won't lose weight at the same rate from week to week. It takes years of bad habits to gain weight, so expect to spend more than a few weeks to undo those habits and take the weight off.
- Are there other benefits I'm getting beyond the scale?Results don't only just show up on the scale - They show up in your mind and body. Are you getting anything else out of your exercise and weight loss program? Do you feel better? Sleep better? Feel stronger? Make a list and refer back to it if you ever feel discouraged.
If you're not getting the results you expect, it's crucial to find out if it's because of something you're doing (or not doing) or if it's because you're expecting something your body just can't deliver.
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