6 Reasons why you’re not losing weight

6 Reasons why you’re not losing weight

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Losing weight for so many people seems to be a never ending battle.
If you’re reading this then you’re probably one of them! 

I know you’re absolutely sick of seeing the scales fluctuating from one day/week to the next. 

You think you’re following the best diet, you drink gallons of water or you eat barely any carbs etc etc, but you’re just not seeing the changes you want!

There are many factors that are valid contributors to why we struggle to lose weight.

Here are 6 very common reasons you’re not losing weight.

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    Reasons not losing weight

    1. You’re not eating enough

    Yes it sounds strange, but not getting enough of the right nutrients from food each day can really mess with your metabolism.

    Metabolism is the biochemical process which converts the food you eat into energy. Calories from food you consume release the energy your body needs to function properly. 

    You can get this energy from either the food you consume, or from your fat stores.

    Our bodies have a Resting Metabolic rate or RMR.

    RMR is the number of calories you burn each day at rest, just to breathe, think, and survive. This represents around 60 percent of your ‘energy out’ and depends on weight, body composition, sex, age, genetic predisposition

    In theory:
     If you eat less calories than you expend, you should lose weight.

    If you do the opposite (i.e. eat more calories than you expend), you should gain weight.

    But it does quite work this way.

    When the calories you consume goes down , the calories burnt goes down to match it.

    When the calories we consume don’t match the amount of calories we need for basic daily functions (Basal metabolic rate)  our bodies fight to avoid the weight loss and instead preserve the energy. It is trying to maintain a process called homeostasis .

    Like wise when the calories you consume goes up your calories burned goes up also. 

    So in conclusion, when you don’t eat enough calories your body will hold onto energy/calories to maintain basic daily functions and wont burn calories at a rate that it would if you were eating enough to maintain basic daily functions.

    2. You’re consuming too many processed foods

     When you do the grocery shopping, where are you spending most of your time? between the isles or on the outer edges of the store?

    If your answer was the first option then this could be your problem.

    If you haven’t already noticed, the majority of the whole foods and dairy products are all situated on the outer edges of the store.

    Fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products.

    These are the foods you should be stocking up your trolley or basket with!

    Everything else either has preservatives or is highly processed and fill of added ingredients your body does not need or want!

    Processed foods are usually very high in carbohydrates that your body cannot absorb properly.

    It will instead hold onto the unwanted toxins resulting in excess water weight and overall fat gain.

    Now when I say shop around the edges of the supermarket, I mean this as in the majority of the food you should consume is situated here.

    Certain other packaged foods such as rolled oats you’ll find among the isles.

    This is merely a guide line to go by when you are on your next grocery shop.

    Speaking of processed food, one of my favorite go-to products for detoxing and getting rid of toxins from processed foods is Maximum Slim’s Detox Kit

    It includes their Organic Fat Burning Protein Powder & Detox Tea

    Why you need protein

    3. Not eating enough protein

    Not getting enough protein in your diet can definitely be a reason you’re not losing weight.

    Protein is one of the basic components of food and is a very important macronutrient for growth strength and repair.

    Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Protein provides collagen to the tissue of hair, skin and nails as well as connective tissue.

    You should try and include protein in every meal regardless of whether you are trying to lose weight or not. All of the enzymes, antibodies and many hormones in the body are proteins.

    They provide for transport of nutrients, waste and oxygen throughout the body.

    Protein is the number one macronutrient with the greatest thermogenic affect.

    The thermogenic affect of protein is between 20%-35% meaning this is the percentage of calories from protein that are burned by your body to digest the food.

    Carbohydrates and fats thermogenic affect is between 5%-15%.

    Protein rich foods include:

    Eggs (vegetarian)
    Milk (vegetarian)
    Cheese (vegetarian)
    Yogurt (vegetarian)
    Cottage cheese (vegetarian)
    Soy
    Beans- Kidney beans, black beans, soybeans, pinto beans
    Lentils
    Chickpeas
    Tofu
    Nuts
    Quinoa
    100% plant protein powder
    Natural protein bars and cookie
    Chicken
    Turkey
    Duck
    Pork
    Lamb
    Beef
    Tuna
    All white fish
    Shellfish 
    Salmon

    For an easy way to ensure you get your daily protein requirements and as well as aiding weight loss and lean muscle, you might like my article on 5 Top Protein Powders for Lean Muscle

     

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    4. You’re rewarding yourself with food after exercise

    Exercise is one of the most important activities for maintaining health, wellness and weight but the number one focus should be your diet!

    Just because you ran 5 km, spent an hour in the gym or attending a fitness class doesn’t give you a pass to go home and inhale a piece of cake, pasta, pizza or whatever else you’re craving in this moment.

    And this doesn’t just stop at unhealthy processed foods either.

    You could have a large bowl of oats with milk and berries after a workout and it still can hold the same amount of calories from carbs and sugars as a piece of cake does, even though you see the oats as “healthy”.

    The types and amounts of food people consume after a workout depends greatly on your overall goals, weight, height, age, sex etc but consuming  high quality proteins will help with growth, strength and repair, and remember that protein is the number one macronutrient with the greatest thermogenic affect.

    The thermogenic affect of protein is between 20%-35% meaning this is the percentage of calories from protein that are burned by your body to digest the food.

    Poor gut health

    5. You have poor gut health

    We have loads of  bacteria living in our bodies, both good and bad. Yes, our gut is the home to billions of bacteria! 

    I have dedicated an entire article to 5 Best probiotics for weight loss.

    Most of the microbes (bacteria) in our gut are good (probiotics).  They play a huge role in supporting our health and body’s life functions.  

    They work to regulate our nervous and immune system, aid digestion, improve memory, produce vitamins and enzymes, help with digestion and they have a significant effect on our metabolism. 

    When we are stressed or have poor gut health this can have a big effect bacteria ratio in our bodies and cause bad bacteria to attack. 

    This can cause a range of negative effects on our bodies such as weight gain, constipation, diarrhea, constipation, inflammation, and effect our immune system.

    over weight people or people who struggle with weight issues are more likely to have different gut microbial ratio (good and bad bacteria) than a person who is naturally leaner.

    90% of the bacteria in our gut is a mix of Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes. Firmicutes produce short chain fatty acids which add to the number of calories we absorb daily.

    People who struggle with weight issues seem to have more a higher ratio of Firmicutes while leaner people have more Bacteroidetes. 

    This could play a part in why some people battle with weight more than others.

    How can I have better gut health?

    Taking a probiotic can help with gut health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are extremely good for our bodies, especially our digestive system. They are found in both supplements and food.

    Probiotics can:

    Help fight off chemicals that cause inflammation

    Help our bodies absorb nutrients and avoid overeating

    Regulate hormones

    Healthy fat

    6. You’re not eating enough fat

    Guys, fat is our friend! We absolutely need fat in our diets to maintain daily functions and it can play a huge role in our weight loss.

    Eating fat can actually help us burn fat!

    I know this not only because there is proven science behind this but I i’ve seen it working in my own body!

    To many carbs, not enough fat

    When you eat a low-fat diet, you are conditioning your body to not burn fat. 

    Following a high fat diet and heavily decreasing your carb intake your body will turn to fat for its number one source of energy, therefore your body will burn more fat.

    The keto diet is easily the best diet for its ability burn fat fast!

    High fat low carb diets can help burn more abdominal fat

    Our bodies have two main types of fat. Subcutaneous fat, which finds home just under your skin, and visceral fat, which accumulates in your abdominal area.

    Visceral fat settles around your organs and too much of this fat is said to be linked to inflammation and insulin resistance.

    This type of fat is considered dangerous and can put someone at serious health risks if too much of this fat accumulates.

    This is because of where it stores in the body (around internal organs).

    If you’re interested in starting the Keto Diet, I do highly recommend giving a go.

    My partner has been on the keto diet as it suits her dietary requirements better than any other diet and she has lost 12kg in 7 weeks. 

    Here are a few products we recommend to help boost weight loss on the keto diet – 

    KetoAF’s 12 Week Training and Intermittent Fasting (modified specifically for women)

    Keto Sleep – 5-HTP, MCT, Zinc & Magnesium.

    KetoAF Exogenous Ketones SuperFuel

    Maximum Slim Keto Jump Start Kit

    The Keto Box

    Nikola has used all of these and still does. I do believe this has helped her not only lose weight on the keto diet, but also make it so easy and so fun.

    Apparently it doesn’t feel like shes dieting!

    Here is a picture of Nikola’s progress so far!

    Alternatively, If you’re truly ready to lose some weight, change your lifestyle and learn how to manage your weight long term, the 21-Day Weight Loss Plan & Wellness Guide will teach you just that…and loads more!

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