Truth is millions of people everyday are wondering why they can’t lose any weight. I have collected the most obvious reasons to help you see why you struggle with weight loss.
We’ve put together 18 possible reasons you’re having trouble losing weight. You’ll find 8 problems common to dieting in the infographic and 10 more tips below the infographic.
So, take a look at them and see if you can spot possible reasons you’re not losing any weight from the infographic below. (if you have trouble viewing the image, click on it and it will open full size in another tab)
See Why You Are Not Losing Weight
10 Reasons Your Diet is Not Working
1. Fad Diets Don’t Work
Even if you do manage to lose those extra pounds, you can expect to find them again in short order.
Why not try the Atkins plan, the South Beach diet or a keto diet. Millions of people have and are having proven success with these dieting methods?
These diet techniques have been around for years which takes them out of the latest fads category.
2. It Takes Calories To Lose Weight
You can’t merely stop eating to lose weight. Unless you plan on fasting off of food for many weeks, it won’t work. Yes, you need to be at a caloric deficit as in the infographic, but that doesn’t mean fasting.
Here’s why you must have calories to lose weight: Your body requires calories for energy and movement. If you cut all of the calories out, your body will begin to save the belly fat and cannibalize your muscles.
Change your diet to healthy foods instead of processed flours, sugars, and pre-packaged foods for real results. Making the switch to a healthy diet will help you stop overeating and lose weight.
Be sure to eat enough calories.
3. Starving Between Meals is Counter Productive
Skipping meals or waiting too long between meals is really the same thing as not eating enough calories.
Controlling your eating by going without food for too long will backfire and stop your weight loss plans. You still need to eat healthy foods several times a day to lose weight.
You need your metabolism to be working at top speed to dispose of the fat. Going without meals actually slows your metabolism because your body thinks you need to conserve your energy.
The absolute best way to accomplish this is by eating very small meals every two or three hours throughout the day.
4. Not Relying on Realistic Weight Loss Goals
So you have been reading all the latest diet headlines, and now you fully expect to drop 10 pounds in a week?
What you have to do here is to back away from lunatic thinking, and get a grip!
Try to count up all of the times that you actually gained ten pounds in a week.
Because unrealistic goals are spelled with these letters..f-a-i-l-u-r-e. Why not go ahead and change your eating habits?
Set realistic goals and use these common sense eating diets to lose weight and stop craving unhealthy foods.
5. Failure to Make Plans and Set Goals
Don’t have any statistics here, but I would bet that most overweight people very seldom use goal setting in their lives? Just saying……
If you are always on a diet it may be time for some organization.
What about making some sensible plans and setting some realistic goals.
Stop what you’re doing and take a few days to think through the process of losing weight.
Dieting is much easier and productive when you make plans BEFORE you stop eating. By thinking through what you intend to do and how beforehand, you set yourself up for long term weight loss success.
Stop asking yourself “why can’t I lose weight?” and ask yourself if you are following the plan you made?
6. Failure to Remove Temptations
Get all of the sweets, breads, snacks, and other foods that you know full well causes you to gain weight out of the house and office.
Give them away, or throw them away, but get them out of your home, and office, before you ever begin your new diet plan.
Stock your home and workplace with the best foods to lose weight so you won’t be tempted to eat fattening foods.
Why submit yourself to temptation, and sure failure?
7. Neglecting to Exercise
Remember, we aren’t believing advertisements, and we are giving up on fad diets, right?
Do you really believe you can shed those extra pounds by eating the same as always, not exercising, and taking weight loss pills? Of course not!
Finding the motivation to exercise is a big deal with most people, so don’t think you’re alone.
You don’t have to join a gym, but you do need to get some movement in your life; 30 minutes a day of walking, dancing, jumping, raking leaves, most anything that will get you sore, ok?
Exercise will get your metabolism up which calls for more fuel. As your body needs more fuel to workout with, it will burn stored fat cells.
So don’t neglect to exercise if you really intend to lose weight, and stop dieting.
Check out the simple exercise equipment you can use in the privacy of your own home without a gym membership.
8. Not Drinking Enough Water
Here’s the little discussed method to get those pounds gone….drinking more water.
And drinking more water works!
Very few of us are drinking enough water for good health to start with, but now you need to be sure you are drinking the daily minimum, plus more.
The minimum for any good health is 8-8oz glasses a day.
That’s the minimum requirement, but you need to drink more than that to flush the fat cells out of your body and lose weight.
9. Not Talking About Your Weight Loss Goals
Don’t keep your diet a secret.
Put yourself on the spot!
Tell everyone you come into contact with what you are doing, and why.
Talk your new lifestyle up, and throw all of your old clothes away. Burn those bridges, so there’s only one way to go!
You can lose weight, Just say so!
10. You Haven’t Started Yet
Stop living with that internal voice that continues to remind you that you are overweight.
No one needs to remind you that you are overweight. You know it’s hurting your health and your self esteem.
But sometimes we just can’t find the trigger to pull and get started.
It seems easier to keep on the familiar path.
But think about how much life you are loosing when you continue on like you are today?
Think about how much better you will feel, how much more energy you will have, how much better you will feel about yourself, and how good you will look when you finally do lose that weight.
Seriously, it’s too easy to just think about losing weight:
While steadily grazing on your favorite fat foods.
Don’t let this chance pass, think this thing through, make your plans, and see it through.
Most people can merely stop eating and fast off 2 – 4 pounds in a week, but that weight is coming back quickly.
If you’re tired of knowing you’re overweight, and tired of trying to lose it — take the tips in this post seriously. Look over the information in the infographic as well as the 10 tips.
The key is to make solid lifestyle changes that include what you’re eating and how much regular exercise you get each week. And of course a lot of motivation and willpower to make it happen.
Maybe the reason why you can’t lose weight is that you think it’s easy? It’s not, but the rewards are worth it, I can assure you.