You and frustration have struck up a friendship. You meet once a week at your bathroom scale, but the conversation is rarely polite. You put in all the effort, but get nothing back. The question you ask yourself is, "If I'm doing everything right, why am I not losing weight?"
Whether you are new to weight loss or a seasoned slimmer who has reached a plateau, I'm here to help.
There are a host of reasons your weight loss may have reached a standstill. Losing weight is rarely a linear process. There are many complex body mechanisms at play and anything from stress to hormones, to dehydration can affect it.
I've put together a troubleshooter checklist to make sure you are backing yourself with the best weight-loss odds.
1. Scales etiquette
Are you weighing yourself properly? Jumping on a scale after a workout today and after lunch next week won't give you accurate results. Always weigh yourself on the same day of the week, at the same time of the day (preferably first thing in the morning), and wearing the same clothes.
2. Tape tactics
Are you taking your measurements regularly? If the scale doesn't show a loss, but the tape measure does, then you are probably losing fat and gaining muscle, which has less mass per gram. It means you're slimming down, so keep up the good work and remember, the more muscle you have, the more energy your body burns metabolically.
3. Get a fitness diary
Fill out your fitness diary thoroughly and honestly. Research has found that the more you use your diary, the more weight you are likely to lose. Our members who used their diary five times a week or more lost more weight than those who used their diary less.
4. Mark your target
Are you sticking to your calorie target? It's important to control the calories you put into your body, but it's also vital that you eat enough. Starving yourself simply won't work. It will send your body into famine mode, which slows your metabolism in order to conserve precious energy.
5. Wise workouts
How long since you've mixed up your exercise regime? Your body can get used to doing the same exercise week after week as you get more fit. Stepping up the frequency, intensity or trying something completely different helps you jump into weight loss mode again.
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