You’ve been faithfully and meticulously following your diet plan for several days, but to no avail. Even though you skipped out on those heaping brownie sundaes at your niece’s birthday party and sat out on your co-workers’ weekly happy hour excursion, the scale hasn’t moved even a centimeter to the left. Not seeing the results you’re hoping for can be frustrating, but, luckily, it may be easily corrected. Here are the top three reasons why you’re not shedding those pounds:
1. Eating too little. It’s a common misconception that eating significantly less will help you lose weight faster. The truth of the matter is that eating fewer than 1200 calories per day can send your body into starvation mode, which can slow your metabolism and make healthy weight loss much more difficult. Additionally, the more calories you burn, the more nutrients you need to stay on track. Jumpstart your metabolism each morning with a high fiber, high protein breakfast of at least 350 – 500 calories.
2. You’re not counting calories. Surprise! Many so-called “diet foods” are full of sugar, sodium and plenty of empty calories. Just because a product contains a few fruits or veggies doesn’t make it healthy. Instead of playing the guessing game, track the food you consume each day, and all exercise, by using a calorie counting website or free Smartphone app like MyFitnessPal. This will help you avoid nasty, fatty, unhealthy choices while ensuring you’re getting enough protein and good carbs.
3. You’ve fallen prey to a fad. Sure, the latest celebrity diet may eventually lead to temporary extreme weight loss – but you better believe those pounds will pack right back on as soon as you stop. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, there is no “quick fix” – no magic wand or instant results. It takes dedication, time and, much to the chagrin of most dieters, a lifetime commitment. Instead of dieting temporarily, focus on permanently switching to a healthier lifestyle based on moderation, frequent exercise and better food choices.