5 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results When You Try To Lose Weight
Maybe you’ve been in ‘the suck’ before or maybe you’re in it right now, which ever one it is…it SUCKS.
‘The suck’ is that place where you feel like you’re doing everything right but you’re still not seeing results.
It makes you feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and even hopeless – like you’ll never get to your dream body.
This dreaded suck can be so strong, that it leads many people to quitting their journey before they even had a chance. 🙁
It’s sad, it’s SUCKS, but it doesn’t have to happen to you!
Because guess what…I’m about to share with you the most common reasons why you’re not seeing results.
Some of these may seem obvious, and some are quite counter-intuitive.
But bare with me until the end, because I promise by the time you’re done reading this you will learn the major obstacles that you’ll face on your journey and how to overcome them.
1. You’re Eating Too Much
I know, I know, but hear me out.
It is SO easy to over-estimate how many calories you’re eating, even when you eat perfectly ‘clean’. Or mostly clean.
Back in the day when I was first starting out, I was so proud of myself for eating mostly salads.
I was like…yeahhh healthy eats…woot woot!!
But then week after week, I didn’t see scale move. I was like, what the hell is going on here?? I’m eating pretty healthy, I’m going to the gym, doing my cardios, stretching, trying to sleep right etc. But things weren’t changing much.
So, I dug a bit and figured out the culprit.
I was eating salads right, but I was using the Mighty Cesar salad dressing (still one of my faves to this day), and I was plopping it on there.
I had these massive salads, and I liked ’em marinated. 🤤
Who wants to eat leaves in a bowl?? Am I rite??
But when I decided to analyze how many calories I was taking in a day, I was eating more calories in ONE SALAD from the DRESSING ALONE than I was eating from my full meal prep meals.
I was putting 4-5 tbsps of dressing PER SALAD. Which equals around 320-400 calories. That’s just the dressing – not including the chicken or the veggies!!!
Big wake-up call.
Actually, more like a rude-awakening.
But, I’m glad it happened because if I never started to pay attention to my food intake I wouldn’t be where I am today.
2. You’re Not Eating Enough
This will do you in just as much as eating too much.
At first, it may seem like you’ll drop weight quick and that’s true but it’s not the right kind of weight – at first it’s water weight, then a bit of fat.
Then….eeeek…your body stalls!
When you don’t eat enough (take in too few calories) you won’t get to your results faster.
You’ll actually get there slower. And in a much more painful way.
When your body doesn’t get the right amount of calories, it freaks out and goes into starvation mode.
It starts thinking to itself – ‘oh oh..we’re not getting enough food…I MUST hold on to every ounce of energy possible – for as long as possible to prevent death‘.
So the body holds on to the fat on your body for dear life…literally.
It doesn’t want to die, so it switches on its survival mechanism – it slows down a lot of the functions that are needed to burn calories like thyroid, metabolism and blood pressure.
This starts to mess with your hormones, which can also cause weight gain – the opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish.
The bottom line is, restricting too many calories can have the opposite effect of weight loss.
It can also cause serious metabolic consequences later in life – it’s just not worth it.
Make sure you’re eating the right amount of calories so that your body is healthy, and happy– when this is the case it will burn all the fat you want.
3. You’re Exercising Too Much
I bet there was a time or two (or more) when you thought you’d ‘walk it off’ or ‘ill do extra cardio’, ‘throw in a couple extra sets’ or so…
Most of us have tried to do a little extra exercise to try to work off our dirty little deeds in the kitchen.
Or maybe, you just thought that doing a lot of exercise will get you to your end goal faster.
Well, the bad news bears are in town and they’re looking for you!
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.
No matter how much I wish that was true, too much exercise will only fatigue you, cause your stress hormones to rise (which in turn triggers your body to gain weight) and it will increase your appetite – making you feel hunger all the time.
The takeaway here is – DEFINITELY exercise – but do it the smart way.
There’s no need for you to torture yourself skinny with exercise – it won’t happen anyway!
Show your body love by training properly, at the right intervals, with adequate rest in between and your body will love you back by releasing all the stubborn fat.
4. You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
This is one of the most over-looked and under-appreciated elements of weight loss.
I would bet you a thousand bucks that 95% of people who struggle with their weight also struggle with getting enough/good sleep.
Doesn’t matter why, but I guarantee it.
Here’s the catch tho, carrying extra weight impacts your sleep quality negatively.
So it’s like a mad cycle: shitty sleep = weight gain = shitty sleep = weight gain.
Check out my mad art skills:
Bad sleep causes your hormones to go out of whack and makes you feel hungry, especially for sweet, salty and fatty food.
But it also throws your hunger cues under the bus, so even when you’re full you’ll still feel hungry.
Lets not even get into how it makes you cranky, how you lose focus and how it impacts your physical abilities. The Division of Sleep Medicine at
Harvard Medical School has a great article about it here.
But you can change this!!!
It starts with knowing that the quality of the sleep you have tonight will set the tone for tomorrow.
5. You’re Impatient About Your Results
Just because it seems like you’re not making progress, doesn’t mean you aren’t.
Maybe it’s just not OBVIOUS.
Sometimes your body makes changes that are non-scale-victories.
Your body undergoes a lot of chemical process and changes, and you need to respect it’s timing.
You also have to ask yourself the right questions:
- Am I being realistic? Ideally you should be losing half a pound to two pounds per week. Anything more than that is not healthy, and it will backfire. There’s an exception to this in the beginning of a weight loss journey because your body loses a lot of water weight, and then it slows down to what you can expect to be the normal range. Also, the more weight you have to lose, the bigger the numbers will be in the begging. But eventually, the body naturally simmers into that 0.5-2lbs per week loss zone. This is a very good rate to be losing weight at.
- Am I seeing other types of results?Sometimes you won’t see it on the scale, but you’ll feel it in the way your clothes fit, you’ll see it in the quality of the glow of your skin, you’ll see it in the quality of your sleep, you’ll feel lighter and uplifted.
- Am I giving myself enough time? I know it’s exciting, and sometimes you just want the payoff of seeing the changes in a way you can measure, but sometimes that’s just not going to happen. A lot of that is because you’re not giving yourself the time it takes for your body to make the changes. You didn’t get to the point you’re at now in a day, and you won’t get to your dream body in a day either.
Be patient and loving with yourself, and give your body the time it needs to make the transformation happen.
I PROMISE, IT’S WORTH IT!
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