Even when you think you’re doing everything “right” — you could still be
doing something that’s sabotaging your goals. With the slew of “diets” out
there that leave us entirely confused, it can be hard to discern what the correct
steps to take are to actually reach your health goals. I totally get it, it’s a
difficult road to be on.
Start by taking an honest look at your habits, and digging a little deeper with
these 5 reasons your scale might not be budging.
1. You’re not sleeping enough
We’ve said it before, and we’ll repeat it: you need sleep! If you don’t get
enough sleep, you’re more prone to feeling hungry when you’re not and more
likely to choose fattier options instead of more healthy ones when it’s time to
eat. Even worse, lack of sleep affects how much cortisol your body produces
which can contribute to weight fluctuations.
2. You have zero chill
Your stress level directly correlates with weight gain. Just like not getting
enough sleep, it produces more cortisol which will keep the scale from going
down like you’re hoping for. You’ve got to learn to manage your stress by
using relaxation techniques. Try meditating or take 5 at your desk and do
some simple yoga poses. Developing a good habit for handling stress will
take some time to make it stick, but you’ll find once you manage stress, the
scale will be tipping in your favor.
3. You’re eating more than you should
Are you portioning out your food? A substantial portion of the population
overeats and an alarming number don't even realize the portions they're
eating are considered "overeating" sized portions. What’s more, even if
you’re using something healthy like olive oil, it has 120 calories per
tablespoon which really adds up if you just dump it into your skillet or pour
heavy onto your salad. Measure things out, and you’ll be getting just the right
4. You’re not challenging your body
But I’m exercising, you might protest. Indeed, getting moving and being
active is a crucial part of losing weight. However, you’ve got to challenge
your body. You can’t expect to keep blasting off fat if you’re doing the same
workout every single day. Switch things up, and you’ll see results. Don’t be
afraid of lifting weights either. Building up your muscles helps you burn off
more, even when you’re at rest!
5. You overindulge on the weekend
Be mindful of your indulgences and don’t skip your workout on the weekend
either, or at the very least, plan an activity that keeps you moving. There’s no
reason you can’t have a good time but balance is the best way to prevent
your weekend from wrecking your weight loss.
Be honest...are you guilty of these things? It’s not too late to make a change.
Work on these areas now and you’ll be in much better shape even during the
hectic holidays coming up in winter!