Why am I not Losing Weight?
JenniferM | On 18, Feb 2010
Do you ever ask yourself, “Why am I not losing weight?” You think you’re doing everything right: you’re eating clean and working out. Yet the scale still isn’t budging. So what’s the problem? Here are a few reasons why you may not be losing weight and what to do when you just can’t seem to drop the pounds.
How Many Calories Do You Need?
Too many people have no idea how many calories they really should be eating in a day to lose weight. Knowing how many calories you need is the first place to start. Online calculators such as the one at About.com’s Nutrition Channel will give you an idea of how many calories you need to consume to lose weight.
Eating Too Many Calories
Losing weight sounds simple: take in fewer calories than you’re burning. It’s true that in most cases, unless there is an underlying medical condition, burning more calories than you take in leads to weight loss. But do you really know how many calories you’re eating? Unless you keep a food journal, the answer is no.
Studies show that the majority of people underestimate how many calories they take in by a whopping 50 percent and those who keep a food journal lose twice as much weight as those who don’t track their food. So consider a free online food journal such as Fitday, Sparkpeople or MyFitnessPal to track your calories, at least for a few weeks, to see if you’re taking in more calories than you should be.
Are You as Active as You Think You Are?
So you work out strenuously for 30 to 60 minutes per day, 6 or 7 days a week. That’s awesome! However, if you are barely moving the rest of the day, it doesn’t matter. Try wearing a pedometer just to kind of gauge how active you really are. Those who want to lose weight should aim for at least 10,000 steps per day.
Sleep and Weight Loss
Research suggests those who sleep less weigh more. Not getting enough sleep often leads to overeating and when we’re tired, we often reach for sweets or foods loaded in carbohydrates, which can hinder weight loss efforts. Experts recommend aiming for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
Did you struggle to lose weight even after cleaning up your diet and becoming more active? Leave a comment and share your experience with us!