Top 5 reasons why your not losing weight

Posted by: Scott Ko

It’s that time of year again – new year’s resolution time. Guilty from Christmas over-eating and over-drinking, its almost certain someone you know will be making a resolution to lose weight. Unless you are genetically blessed to be naturally thin, losing weight can be challenging, particularly when bad eating habits have become habitual. From personal experience and observing others, here are the top 5 reasons why you are not losing weight.

1. Overcompensating:  I think we have all been guilty of this. You just finish a strenuous workout, feeling good about yourself and exhausted. Then you think ‘I’ve exercised so much today, now I can go eat that Big Mac Meal’. Sorry my friend, it doesn’t work that way.

2. Sugary drinks and snacks: Smoothies, juices and ‘fat free’ snacks are sugar laden calories hiding behind smart marketing. It may have fruit, it may be fat free, but there is a reason why they taste so good. Sugar, sugar, sugar. Juices are filled with them. If you want a healthy fruit fix, just reach for the real thing. There’s also a common misconception that liquids do not count as calories. They do. Everything counts as calories. Stick to your calorie limit and make sure you count all smoothies as drinks.

3. Fad diets and unrealistic expectations: Paleo diet, Detox Diet, Carb Free, Protein Rich – the variety of diets on offer is mind-boggling. Many of these diets set unrealistic expectations, taking out major dietary groups that individuals love to eat. In the short-term, the kilos may shed, but in the long term, eating restrictively is not sustainable in the long-term. A staggering 65% of dieters return to their pre-diet weight or worse gain more pounds. You see it all the time with personal trainers and their clients, setting unrealistic meals and goals for their clients. Salad for dinner? Are you serious? No wonder so many people gain back their weight. The real issue is the dieters’ unhealthy relationship with food and lack of understanding of calories. Expecting individuals to switch from one extreme spectrum to another does not fix the problem. Dieticians and nutritionists have been saying the mantra for years ‘ exercise more, eat a balanced diet’. Yet individuals looking for a quick fix, turn their back on scientifically backed theories to fad diets. Don’t be fooled by pseudo science and marketing! Run away from any mention of ‘detox’.

4. Skipping meals. This is an obvious no-no. Skipping meals slows down your metabolism, increasing fat storage as your body prepares for energy retention. This makes it more difficult to lose weight.  Eat healthy snacks and eat all meals throughout the day.

5. Peer pressure. This is a big one, particularly when it comes to alcohol. Whenever I say ‘ Sorry, I’m not drinking’, this phrase can lead to incredulous ‘ WHY NOT? ‘ phrases. Don’t feel pressured to eat unhealthily or to drink excessively, just because your friends do. If they are true mates, they will respect your decision. This doesn’t mean you have to isolate yourself from social occasions, choose a wine for the night or a healthier option on the menu if need be.

Please note that this article has been written to highlight potential reasons people are not losing weight despite eating healthy and exercise. Never restrict calories to unhealthy levels and more importantly, love food!  Food is not your enemy, just try not to overindulge too much 😉

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