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5 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

1. You’re not eating enough. Although this sounds counter intuitive, this is the #1 reason I see with my weight loss clients. We have been forever told that if you want to lose weight, you need to eat less. Yes, if you drastically cut your calorie intake you will lose some pounds initially. Typically, the pounds lost are not fat. When the body is calorie restricted, it believes there is a famine and goes into survival mode. This is especially true for women, as we are designed to keep babies alive as well. Calorie restriction only works for a short period of time, and if done long term it can damage your metabolism.

2. Eating the wrong foods thinking they are a healthy choice. With health and wellness being big business, there is a new health food or diet food being released on a daily basis. Just because something is labeled “all natural” or “low calorie” doesn't mean that it is healthy or good for weight loss. Typically, diet food is low in fat, and to make it taste good they add fillers, chemicals and salts. These foods tend to be low in nutrients, and chemicals and fillers can make it harder to lose body fat.

3. Not keeping a food journal. Keeping a food journal is a huge part of being successful. Recording everything that goes in your mouth keeps you accountable. It also shows you a true picture of the nutrients you are consuming, or lack thereof. Most times, clients don't even realize that they only ate twice in a day. Recording what you've eaten allows you to look back and find trends or areas in your diet that can be tweaked for fat loss.

4. Not moving enough. 3 workouts a week is considered maintenance. Walking your dog or going for a stroll with your friend is great for your health, but is not going to do very much if your goal is fat loss. Fat loss doesn't mean you have to work out extremely hard every time, but consider how fast you want to get to your goal. You get what you give. Workouts don't have to be hours long; workout smarter, not longer. Intervals or HIIT training is very helpful for fat loss. Move or workout as often as possible for the best fat loss results.

5. Not sticking with it. How long did it take for you to build the body you are in right now? It's going to take a while to build the body up you want. It's very common for people to start a new program and go full force for a few weeks and if they don't see immediate results, they quit. Start slow, making small changes to your lifestyle. You've built the body you have now by living a specific lifestyle, and your body will not change if you continue the same habits.

Submitted by: Anndee's Fitness