We’ve all tried to lose weight at some point in our lives. Everyone sees varying degrees of success and you can easily be left feeling demotivated when your weeks of hard work don’t pay off. This is particularly true at this time of the year when everybody is committed to achieve their fitness goals for a few weeks before relapsing.
When we’re young, it’s easier to make changes and build better habits, but as we grow older the amount of time we spend on fitness decreases and it becomes challenging to stay on top of your fitness and health.
In this article, we’ll be going through 5 important reasons why you’re not losing weight despite the effort you feel you’re putting in.
1. Your Goal is Not Specific or Measured
Has it ever occurred to you that your goals might not be specific enough? If your New Year’s resolution was just “get fit” or “lose weight” then it’s difficult to really judge how much progress you’ve made, and this can be demoralizing.
If you set yourself measured goals such as “lose a stone” or “cut calorie intake by 300” then you can actually measure these goals to see that you are making progress and not hitting a wall. This can motivate you to work better and is a fantastic way to stay on track.
2. You Don’t Realise You’re Overeating
A biscuit here and there, some sweets after work or continuous munching through the day can be tempting and seemingly innocent, but those little snacks you’re eating can easily start to build up extra calories that you do not need.
In addition, portion control is one of the hardest habits to build because we’re used to eating certain amounts each day and it can feel like you're starving yourself if you don’t satisfy those cravings. Write down everything you eat, count up the calories and take a good look at the reality of your diet.
3. You Think 2-3 Hrs a Week in the Gym is Enough
Working out at the gym is a great start to a new fitness routine, but did you know that the other 165 hours of the week are more important when you want to lose weight?
Your activity levels, the time you spend going out and even the number of hours you sleep will all have a huge effect on your weight. When compared to the few hours you spend at the gym, what you're doing the rest of the week mean a whole lot more to your overall fitness.
4. You’re Not Sleeping Enough
Sleep is a major factor in weight loss because it affects your hormonal balance and can help you stave off cravings.
The quality of sleep you get also plays a huge part in how well-rested you feel when you wake up, and it can reduce the number of calories you will want to eat in the day.
5. Your Environment is Not Supporting
Whether it’s friends teasing you to go out for fast food or family members poking fun at your weight, it’s important to surround yourself with positive vibes to assist in your weight loss goals.
If your environment doesn’t support you, then it’s going to be incredibly difficult to lose any amount of weight. Make an effort to get your close circles on board and explain it to them why this is important for you and you need them to support you.
There are plenty of factors that prevent us from losing weight. Luckily, we’re ready to help you take those small step sin order to put your fitness back on track and help you lose weight for good.
Get in touch if you have any questions or would like to have a commitment-free chat about your fitness goals.
Owner and creator of One Small Step, Joe has been in the health and fitness industry for 8 years and takes an all-round approach to his coaching.