5 Unexpected Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

5 Unexpected Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

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Ultimately, weight loss is not a hard equation; you have to take in less calories than you burn throughout the day. However, there are some simple things you could be doing that could be hindering your progress and ruining all of your efforts. If you’ve tried everything and still find it impossible to lose the extra kilos, it’s worth paying attention to the often overlooked points below.

Gut Health
When was the last time you considered the importance of the bacteria in your gut in terms of your weight loss? Recent research is showing that your gut microbiota (the balance of good versus bad bacteria in your gut) plays a role in processing food and helping to determine how many calories and nutrients your body absorbs. Certain intestinal microbes may also alter your sensitivity to insulin, the hormone that moves sugar out of your blood, so that your body burns fat it would have otherwise stored.
Solution: Find out more about how you can heal your gut with food here.

Cardio Only
Are you guilty of only doing hours of cardio and being terrified of the free weights stand simply because you want to lose a few pounds? While cardio will burn calories, it doesn’t do much to help your body composition. Lifting weights helps you build muscle, which increases your metabolic rate at rest, leading to longer lasting results for weight loss. It’s time to break free from the thinking that cardio equates to fat loss and weight training equates to building muscle and weight gain. Get familiar with how your body reacts to both here.
Solution: Maintain a good balance of cardio and resistance training for maximum results from your workouts.

Hypothyroidism
Out of sync thyroid hormones will affect almost every function in your body, including its ability to lose weight. If you are doing everything and still not losing weight, it is worth visiting your doctor and getting a blood test to make sure your hormonal balances are all in check. Here are some of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism:

  • Lack of energy and chronic fatigue
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Dry and scaly skin

Solution: Get a blood test to determine if you have any thyroid issues.

Water
No, water doesn’t have magical properties that ‘burns your fat’, and don’t listen to anyone that tells you it does. However, most of us can mistake the feeling of being thirsty with hunger, so next time you suddenly feel hungry try drinking a glass of water, wait 10 minutes, and see how you feel. You’d be surprised at how the hunger signs can completely disappear.
Solution: Always keep a water bottle with you throughout the day and set daily reminders on your phone to remember to drink.

Eating Only 2 Meals Per Day
You need to eat regularly in order to burn calories. If you don’t constantly provide your body with nutrition, it will store any food you do give it as a protective action. Also, you are much more likely to binge if you go hungry all day and get excessively hungry at the end of the day.
Solution: Don’t skip meals and eat 3 main meals per day and 2 snacks. Stay consistent by planning ahead!

Donia Hilal is a certified nutritionist with a degree in Nutrition from King’s College London. Her work focuses on women’s health in the Middle East, wellness, weight loss, and optimal pre- and post-natal nutrition. Passionate about real food and evidence based nutrition advice, Donia welcomes and enjoys guiding clients throughout every stage of their journey towards a healthier, happier life.

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