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7 Reasons you are not losing weight

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Trying to lose weight, but scale not moving? Clothes feeling the same or worse, they seem to be getting smaller? Many people are having the same issues, but there are several reasons why this is happening. Here are 7 reasons you may not be losing weight.

1) You’re not exercising

Exercising is the key to fat loss. Even if you diet, you’re going to have to combine it with some form of exercise, to lose fat and keep it off.

Keep in mind that losing weight is not necessarily the same as losing fat. If you’re only using calorie restriction to lose weight, you will see some downward movement on the scale. This is you losing muscle as well as a little fat, however.

Your body is designed to hold on to fat in starvation mode. You will find that you feel less energetic, especially if you’re over forty. That feeling is from losing your muscle mass. When you stop dieting, you’ll go right back to same, or worse you’ll be even fatter.

2) You’re not exercising enough

Let’s be realistic here. Walking once a week is just not going to cut it when you’re trying to lose weight. This is particularly true, if your job, during the week is a desk job.

To make a difference, I would suggest, at least, twice a week. Three times a week is even better, if you want to see results in a few months.

If you’re doing steady-state cardio (walking, jogging, cardio machine), half-hour to an hour is a good target to aim for. You’ll burn more fat, the longer the session.

3) You’re eating more than your body is burning

Consuming more calories that what you’re burning won’t help you lose weight. The scale will go up, rather than down.

Myfitnesspal and apps help you keep track of your daily intake. You need to be consistent and disciplined to lose weight. Use those apps to help you keep on course.

A cheat meal once a week won’t derail your progress and will help maintain your sanity, but work out your intake for the week and set a target.

4) You’re not using resistance training

Building muscle is one of the keys to losing fat and keeping it off. Yes, many women will say they don’t want big muscles like those women in muscle magazines.

The truth is that some of those women in the magazines might be on steroids. Some are training with the goal of entering a physique or strength competition. That means dedication and training towards that goal.

A regular resistance training program will firm up those sagging muscles and increase your metabolism at rest. Yes, you will burn fat around the clock.

This is particularly important for people over forty, as muscle declines at a steady rate as you age. Resistance training will help maintain and even increase muscle as you age.

Combine the weights with cardio and dieting and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results.

5) You’re eating the wrong foods

If you’re eating too much of the wrong foods, your weight loss program is going to grind to a halt, if there was ever any movement in the first place.

Stay away from processed foods, if you’re on a weight loss program. As a matter of fact, stay away from processed foods if you’re trying to stay healthy.

Processed foods contain fructose, which will frustrate your weight loss goals. Reducing fructose in your diet, will go a long way to helping you lose weight. Eating fruits is acceptable, but drinking it in modern soft drinks, fruit juices and other processed foods is helping you gain weight. To add insult to injury, they even have added sugar.

If you’re drinking a lot of fruit juices and soft drinks, you’ll see weight loss several weeks after you stop.

6) You have a medical condition

There are some medical conditions that will make weight loss difficult. Malfunctioning hormones might prevent you from losing weight or cause rapid weight gain. Check with your doctor if you’ve tried everything on this list without success.

7) You’re not getting enough sleep

If you’re not getting at least 7 to 8 hours sleep, you are going to have major problems losing weight. Getting adequate sleep will not only improve your mood but also your weight loss efforts.

Except for a medical condition, if you’re able to overcome these reasons, you should be able to reach your weight loss goals.

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