REASONS WHY YOU ARE NOT LOSING WEIGHT IN YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY
- Your portion sizes and calorie-count are off track
Combined wisdom of several health experts and countless scientific studies have proven that maintaining a calorie deficit is important for weight loss. Just to remind you guys, when you consume fewer calories than you burn via metabolic and physical activities, you enter a calorie deficit–and that’s when your body starts using up the fat for energy.
Plus, you don’t need to be a genius to understand the obvious fact that controlling portion sizes of the food you eat can help you cut down the calories and enter this calorie deficit. So, if you’re thinking that just because you’ve chosen boiled eggs instead of butter chicken, you can go overboard with the consumption of eggs, you’re only really fooling yourself.
Solution: Well, you’ve got to control the portions of WHATEVER it is that you’re eating. Also, keeping a track of your calorie intake via health apps that are easily available for download on smartphones is the best way to go about it.
- You forgot to drop the calories when you dropped the weight
According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the body needs fewer calories during physical activity as it becomes lighter. Don’t you remember those countless theories from science textbooks in school that explained how heavier things and people require more energy to move? It’s time to finally apply that knowledge.
Solution: “Understand your regime and eat fewer calories than you burn or burn more calories than you eat,” suggests Vicky Tulli, fitness expert at Get Fit Studio in Delhi. Long story short, you’ve got to reduce your calorie intake, but remember not to compromise on nutrition. So, eat healthy, but limit the quantity.
- Maybe you dropped too many calories
A study available on PubMed Central found that regularly consuming fewer calories than your body requires can decrease the calories burnt by your body by 23%. Basically, your metabolism could slow down if you cut down too many calories—especially too for a long period of time.
Solution: How about fulfilling the dietary requirements of your body and upping your workout game a tad bit to burn those calories? Hell, even moving more daily helps. “Take the stairs instead of the escalator and go walking to the market instead of taking the car,” Tulli recommends.
- You cut down nutrition while cutting down calories
A review study in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care talks about how your muscles are metabolically more active and burn more calories. Unfortunately, an inadequate protein intake in a bid to cut down your calories may result in your body drawing out the needed protein from your muscle mass and breaking it down. With that loss of muscle, your chances of burning more calories also decreases.
Solution: No points for guessing, you’ve got to maintain a safe calorie deficit. Plus, your protein, fruit, and veggie intake should be high to avoid any nutritional deficiencies. Relying on multivitamins could help, but do consult your doctor first.