You aren’t losing fat, and you don’t know why. Here’s my list of what may prevent weight loss. Which of the factors below might be at fault for you?
- Eating more calories than you realize
- Not eating enough
- Having absolutely no way to track your food intake. Some of my clients use a nutrition tracker; some use smartphone apps, but none of them just guess.
- You’re sedentary and don’t work out
- Inconsistency – You follow your nutrition plan for a few days, veer off plan or loosely follow a plan.
- Consuming more carbohydrates than your body can handle and/or consuming too many total calories. Some people are simply carb sensitive.
- Conversely, reducing carbs to practically zilch
- Never increasing your workout intensity and never changing your routine
- Believing that if you work out you can eat anything
- Drinking too much alcohol. Even if you get proper nutrition, your alcohol intake shouldn’t be excessive.
- Medications. If you’re taking medications, always ask your doctor what the side effects are. Ask specifically about weight gain or stall
- In rare cases, intense periods of working out (over the course of months) and undereating can create adrenal fatigue, a condition that would prevent weight loss. It’s not prevalent, but I do see it happening more than I did in the past
- You haven’t given it enough time. Getting on the scale every single day and expecting results every single day is insanity. Give your body seven to 10 days to see a scale weight change.
- Every time you face stress, you turn to food or alcohol to make you feel better
There is always a solution, so don’t be distraught if you’ve been struggling. Just determine what you believe the issue is and plan to change it.