“I’m Eating Healthier And Working Out More. But I’m Still Not Losing Weight! Why Is This?”
Let’s start with two basic points:
- If the amount of calories you consume is more than the amount of calories you are burn, you will gain weight.
- If the amount of calories you consume is less than the amount of calories you burn, you will lose weight.
It sounds pretty simple doesn’t it – So let’s look at why YOU aren’t losing weight.
You Are Underestimating What You Are Consuming
If there’s one thing that a lot of fitness professionals can agree on, it’s that at a large amount of their clients will underestimate how many calories they are actually eating at some stage.
Some people underestimate the portion sizes they consume. Like thinking they have eaten one serving when they have really eaten much more, while others underestimate the amount of calories a certain food contains. Like thinking a meal was 200 calories when it was really 300. Some people often do both.
‘But I Do Loads Of Cardio!’
Let me guess – You’re exercising most days and burning calories through both cardio and resistance training to make sure you create the caloric deficit you need for weight loss to happen. Yet for some reason, you’re still not losing any weight – How on earth does that happen?
Well, the problem with cardio is that it gives people the false mind set of “Oh, I was on the treadmill for 45 minutes yesterday, so I can afford to go for a few drinks after work”. They then go on to cancel out the amount of calories they burned the previous day and then wonder why they’re not losing weight despite having a “really tough workout”.
“I Was Losing Weight, But Then It stopped”
This is partly because being in a deficit causes your metabolic rate to slow down a bit over time (adaptive thermogenesis), but it’s mostly just because you’ve already lost weight. So the calorie intake that worked when you were 80kg doesn’t work the same now that you’re 75kg. Calories in vs calories out still remains true, it’s just that your specific numbers have changed as a result of the weight loss that you have already experienced so you will need to re-adjust (lower) the amount you are consuming again.
You Are Getting It Wrong Somewhere
Now I’m not accusing you of under estimating. I’m just telling you the facts. Weight loss will happen when a caloric deficit is present. So if you believe that you are consistently eating the right amount of calories but you are still not losing weight, then I’m afraid to say you’re not in a caloric deficit and you have gone wrong somewhere.
Below is a short clip about a British actress who believed the reason she couldn’t lose weight was due to her ‘slow metabolism’. As you will see, she was quickly proven wrong:
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