‘Why Am I Not Losing Weight No Matter What I Do? – ANSWERED!’ – Monica May
We’ve all been there:
You decide you want to lose weight, so you go on a diet and you start working out. However the numbers on the scale don’t move.
In fact, sometimes they even go up.
You try not to think about it and keep going, but you always make your way back to the same habits over and over again.
Why is that?
Why am I not losing weight no matter what I do?
Well girl, I’m answering all of it today, so stay with me!
The truth is, we’ve all been there, and this can happen because of a few reasons.
Now, just because the number on the scale increases, doesn’t always mean you have gained fat and you’re not losing weight, so we’re not talking about muscles vs fat weight.
We’re actually talking about not being able to lose fat, and get fit overall.
Today I’ll try to list them all up and explain them step by step.
I’ll point out every single thing that can be the reason why you’re not losing weight.
Make these changes, and you won’t have to worry about losing weight anymore.
Let’s get started.
Why Am I Not Losing Weight?
Reason #1: You Are On A Diet
Another diet is not the answer.
You know why? Because diets don’t work.
I’m not saying diets won’t provide you with any results, because some of them will.
However diets will help you lose weight at first, but you’ll gain it back faster than ever once you finish the diet.
That’s because most diets are not sustainable.
Instead of focusing on healthy food, diets add the accent to eating certain foods or certain food groups.
As much as these foods may be healthy, nothing is healthy enough to eat it 24/7.
You need diversity to remain healthy, to stay on track, and to not be bored in a week.
Also, most diets are linked to eating less, and that’s when the yoyo effect happens.
But we’ll get these in a minute.
Reason #2: You Are Eating Less
Another reason I always outline to everyone that asks me: why am I not losing weight, is that you are eating less.
When you start eating less, the body starts holding onto its fat stores and starts lowering the metabolism, which is the complete opposite of what should happen in a perfectly healthy body.
Instead of losing fat, it causes gaining fat since our body will turn into a “survival mode” and will start storing fat and burning lean muscles.
Starving yourself may result in short-term weight loss, yes, but as I just explained it doesn’t come from the right source of weight.
What’s even worse, we’ll gain back the weight once we resume eating regularly again.
And we usually gain even more weight than we used to because as soon as we stop eating less and we get back to our old eating habits, we have all the calories we used to have but need less of them.
This is thanks to all that missing muscle we just lost by starving and due to our slowed-down metabolism.
With a slower metabolism, consuming what used to be a normal amount for us is now feeling like overeating to the body.
And that’s when the yoyo effect happens.
The truth is, you really don’t have to eat less to lose weight – you just have to eat right.
Just try to eat the right foods and you are halfway there.
For more, check out my meal plan Burn Baby Burn.
Reason #3: You Think You’re Eating Healthy, But You’re Not
Eating healthy is a must if you want to lose weight, however, eating healthy can be tricky.
Unfortunately, we’re often confused about what’s healthy and what’s not, thanks to the food industry that wants us to think we’re eating healthy – even when we’re not.
Answer these few questions for me:
- Do you eat cereals for breakfast?
- Do you eat energy bars?
- Low-fat products?
- Processed foods?
- What about fried foods?
- Packed foods?
- Don’t eat salads on a daily basis?
- Don’t eat raw food?
- Often eat in restaurants?
If at least one of these questions is yes, you are not eating as healthy as you may think you are.
And I’m not saying this as a bad thing, because it’s really not your fault.
It so freaking easy to make a mistake when trying to eat healthier, without even noticing.
That’s why it’s so important for us to educate about what’s healthy and what’s not and know for sure what to eat and what to completely avoid.
I wrote a nutrition guide called ‘The Hungry Fit Girl’ for all of you who struggle to eat healthier.
Learn everything you need to know about eating healthy, and you are halfway to your dream body just by having that knowledge.
Reason #4: You’re Eating More Than Your Body Can Burn
Healthy food is healthy food and it cannot be bad for you.
You can lose weight only by eating healthy.
However, if you eat much more than you actually need, you may struggle with losing weight.
How do you know if this is happening?
Well, as much as I hate counting calories, maybe in this case you could try and count them for a few days and see what you’ll get out of the results.
If you have around 600-800 kcal per meal for 3 meals a day that’s about 2000 kcal a day which is good.
However, if it’s more than that, chances are you are eating much more than you can burn.
In this case you could try eating fewer calories, or you can try burning them.
Now, I work out daily and I never worry about calories – I just try to keep it healthy.
In fact, I eat healthy for over 7 years now and have never counted my calories or watched my portions.
I just eat as much as I want as I have a calorie-out activity afterward – usually my Burn Baby Burn Workout Program.
But if you’re not working out, and you are really struggling to shed some pounds, then you should definitely consider not only eating healthy but watching your portion sizes too.
Reason #5: You Are Not Working Hard Enough
Another reason why you are not losing weight is you are not working out hard enough.
You can lose weight without working out, we’ve established that one already here.
However, if you decide to maximize your weight loss and build a fit body overall, then you’ll have to consider working out.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I stand for the rule that the only bad workout is the one you haven’t done, but, if you really want some serious results, the 5-10 min workouts won’t do the trick.
Also, sticking onto the cardio machines may not be the best way to go.
The right way to strip the fat off your body and lose those extra pounds is by slowly and gradually burning the fat off your entire body through cardio and resistance training.
If you want to get the maximum results in the least amount of time, I have just one word for you – HIIT.
Here’s where to stat >>> my 28-Day Burn Baby Burn Workout Program.
Working on your body as a whole piece is a key point, and exercising your legs, back, chest, shoulders, arms, and heart (with HIIT) is the way to go.
My program is short, explosive, and yet so effective – you’ll get your results pretty fast – yet it’s only 20-30 minutes a day.
It’s quality over quantity when it comes to fitness, so just make sure to make the most out of every second working out and you’re all set.
Reason #6: You’re Not Watching What You Drink
Drinks are a part of the process too.
They’re actually the ones we have to be extra careful with because liquid calories are the worst.
And where we all tend to make mistakes is:
- Energy/sport drinks
They may sound healthy but they’re loaded with sugars, which are the worst when it comes to liquids.
- “Healthy” drinks with added artificial sweeteners
We all close our eyes when it comes to alcohol drinks when actually they are loaded with so many empty calories that are not only making us fat but are bad for our health too.
- Smoothies loaded with fructose
Smoothies are healthy, but if we load them up with tons of fruits we’re getting in exes sugar.
Also, it’s a common mistake to count them as a drink, when actually they’re more of a meal really.
Reason #7: You’re Cheating
Weight loss is a result of what we constantly do, on a daily basis.
And usually, when we lose some weight, unhealthy and high-calorie snacks slowly start to make their way back into our diet.
Instead of being motivated to keep up with the healthy foods, when we see results we often decide to start treating ourselves with junk food again.
The usual suspects are sugary snacks, chips, and other processed snacks.
However, if you are sneaking in ‘cheat meals’ and unhealthy snacks on a daily basis, chances are it’s causing your weight loss progress to hit a wall.
So, be mindful and keep your eyes wide open when it comes to eating healthy, because that’s the only way you lose that damn weight once and for all.
Just set your mind to eating healthy and you’ll never have to worry about getting that fat back again.
Reason #8: You’re Not Considering The Time Factor
Doing changes to your body doesn’t come easy.
Weight loss can’t happen overnight – you haven’t gained it in a few weeks, so you can’t expect to lose it in a few weeks too.
It takes time, commitment, and hard work.
From my own experience, when you start eating healthy and exercise it takes at least 4 weeks for you to notice the first change, not to mention reaching your body goals – probably months.
Just be patient and remember: anything worth getting does not come easy.
Reason #9: You Are Not Keeping Up
Once you reach your goal everything looks possible, and it’s really easy to forget all the hard work and efforts you’ve put in, and you just go back to your old habits.
However, you have to know that in order for this to work, you’ll have to keep healthy, well, for the rest of time.
Sorry to break this down for you, but if you really want to make this work, you’ll have to reconsider doing it in the long run.
I know we all start with short term goals like ‘I wanna look good for the summer’, ‘I wanna lose weight for the wedding’, ‘I wanna fit in my old pair of jeans’.
But somewhere along the way it becomes much more than that.
Healthy food is the future, a healthy lifestyle is needed for you to be the best version of yourself both mentally and physically, and there is no feeling like it when you know you are doing the best you can to make the most out of your body and health.
Of course you can do it for the short term goals too, but you have to know that you’ll bounce up and down with your weight, and start over, over and over again.
Reason #10: Medical Condition
If you are doing everything right but you are still not losing weight, then you might want to explore medical issues.
I’ve been working with so many girls that can’t lose weight because of problems with the thyroid.
And yes, certain hormonal conditions, such as PCOS or hypothyroidism can really affect weight gain.
So before struggling with the rest of the above reasons, you might want to check if you have hormonal dysfunction.
Another medical reason may be retaining water weight and bloating.
What you should know is that water weight does make you gain weight, but it’s a different kind of weight gain than body fat.
It is not linked to calories consumed or expended; meanwhile, fat weight is linked to an imbalance of energy and is manipulated by eating fewer calories than you expend.
The upside to water weight gain is that it will go away (eventually). It’s not permanent nor contributes to long-term fat gain.
This can happen because of a few reasons:
- Eating too much sodium
- Eating pasta and bread and other simple carbohydrates
- Consuming medications and supplements
- Changes in a menstrual cycle
- Hormonal changes
So again, the main reason for water weight is not eating right, although it can be caused by many other factors too.
Also, as I explain in my article ‘How To Reduce Bloating + Foods That Cause Gas And Bloating’ even if you eat healthy, workout, and do every single thing right, you still may struggle with feeling bloated.
You’ll have to find out what’s causing you to bloat and eliminate those foods from your diet.
For many of us, even healthy foods such as broccoli and beans can cause bloating.
If you are experiencing anything painful or don’t know why you can’t lose weight, make sure to ask for medical help.
Now, Let’s Lose That Damn Weight!
I really gave my best to answer fully to all of you asking me ‘Why am I not losing weight no matter what I do?!’.
I gave my very best to helped you understand why you might still struggle with weight loss and how to overcome the most common reasons why you’re not losing weight.
If I missed anything, please let me know in the comment in the section below.
Also, don’t forget to check out my WEIGHT LOSS KIT for more on losing weight and getting fit for life.
Till next time, babes!