Are you struggling to lose weight? Do you think that you are doing everything you need to in order to lose weight effectively? Well, truth is that if you aren’t losing weight it simply is because you aren’t doing it right. You see, when it comes to weight and fat loss there’s no magic potion, but there *is* a very straightforward and simple formula. Check this out:
Do the right form of exercise + eat well + be consistent with both = Results
No rocket science, is it? If you are struggling to lose weight, see below some of the most common reasons of why this is happening:
EATING TOO MUCH:
Sounds pretty obvious, right? Yet many people underestimate how much they eat, and eat more than what they need. If you have been following us on social media channels (Instagram @detox.fit and Facebook DetoxFitlifestyle) you will know that we don’t agree with the “calories in, calories out” argument. We do agree with this as it’s simple science, but only to a certain extent. So yes, you *shouldn’t* be consuming more calories than you expend during the day, as these may end up being stored and turned into fat. However -and this is a very big and important however- it isn’t the same to eat 300 calories of cheese than eating 300 calories of broccoli. Why? Because the cheese is full of fat and other nasties, whereas the broccoli isn’t.
If you really have no idea how much you’re eating and when it’s too much for you, the best is to learn about the foods you eat and what they do to your body both in the short and in the long-term, and also check out the nutrition labels and learn about portion control.
EATING TOO LITTLE:
To many people this may be surprising, we know. Yet this is a very common mistake which we see happening all the time. People think that by eating little they will lose weight, as they don’t put calories into their bodies. This sort of approach is what we call “semi-starvation” diets. This isn’t healthy and it isn’t good. We don’t support any fad diets. No Atkins, no the onion soup diet, no the tea diet. They are all unhealthy. Yes, many of them do *work* for a while and people can lose weight doing this, but so do people who are starving because they have no food and no choice. This isn’t a healthy or enjoyable approach, and after doing it you will end up piling on the pounds again faster. It isn’t healthy for your body and it isn’t healthy for your brain either, as this will be crammed with frustration. These extreme diets over time slow down your metabolism, making it more sluggish, and bring your fat loss to a screeching halt.
To make things worse, when your body is in a severe caloric deficit for an extended period of time, it can start to use your hard-earned muscle as fuel, in a process known as catabolism. No good!
Many times you may find yourself eating when you aren’t even hungry. Your body isn’t telling you it needs food, but you find yourself eating anyway. A handful of nuts here, a few pieces of candy there, an extra spoonful of peanut butter. Sound familiar? We’ve all done it. If you find your weight loss at a standstill, tuning into your mindless snacking and paying attention to your true hunger signals can help tremendously. Are you really hungry when you grab that extra handful of pretzels, or do they just sound good? Do you need the extra 200 calories of peanut butter, or are you just digging your spoon deeper because the jar is there?
YOU ARE ON A “DIET”:
The diet mentality is never a good one to have, but sadly it’s everywhere these days. Because, today more than ever before, most people’s eating and lifestyle habits are bad. Crash dieting for a while and then going into overdrive gorging on all of your favorite and not-so-healthy foods isn’t going to help you to lose weight anytime soon. In fact, it often has the opposite effect.
We don’t *need* to be on a “diet” to lose weight. What happened to just making healthy choices the majority of the time and working out?
We don’t diet. Never ever. We just eat healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle. That’s as easy and simple as it gets. No diets and no calories restrictions for us. Just nurture your body with the foods that your body really needs and do the right form of exercise. Stick to both of these and results will follow. Guaranteed!
If you have any questions about fitness, nutrition or health, and would like to get our crazy advise, just ask. It’s free and we are always happy to help!
By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer