Are you caught up in the vicious cycle of trying everything and not losing weight? Sure youre doing everything right but not seeing the results you want to see?
Lets look at some of the variables that could be influencing your weight loss.
Sure you’re doing EVERYTHING right? Lets see.
What are you eating? – No really, WHAT are you eating? Has your sugar in your morning coffee crept up from one to two teaspoons? Has that 4 pm cookie or chocolate become more daily routine than occasnal treat? Do you have any idea what portion sizes are, and are you sticking to them? Most of us go along on ” guesstimates “. That is a recipe for disaster.
Keep a food diary for 7-10 days, write down absolutely everything that goes into your mouth! Sugar and milk in coffe/ tea, wine, water, food, sweets, gum, everything. Make it detailed, try to include volumes or grams of food. Once you know what’s going in, you have better control over what’s going wrong.
What are you doing? – Has your workout become less frequent, shorter, easier, or has it fallen by the wayside? Invest in a heart rate monitor and set yourself a goal of burning a certain amount of calories every day. Ask a trainer to shake up your programme, shocking your body and kick starting your metabolism.
If gym isn’t your thing, play a sport you enjoy. Swimming, tennis, action cricket or soccer with the kids will get you into better shape in no time. Walk the dog, walk to the shops, walk or cycle to work one or twice a week. Get off the bus one or two stops before your destination each time you ride and walk the rest of the way. It all adds up!
What’s up,Doc? – Pay a visit to your GP and make sure there’s not a medical reason for your weight. Have your hormones checked out- this does not just mean ladies. Men can also suffer from low hormone levels that can affect weight loss. Have your thyroid, growth hormone and insulin levels checked.
Lastly, don’t confuse SLOW weight loss with NO weight loss! Weight loss of 300g- 500 g per week, on average, is the healthy way to do it. Some weeks will be more, some will be less, some weeks you will stand still. Weigh yourself once a week, on the same day, at the same time, in the same clothing. Keep track of your weight. Don’t get obsessed. Weight fluctuates from day to day.
The closer you are to your goal weight, the more difficult it becomes to lose, and it becomes more important to be precise in what you do.
In future blogs we will look at the above reasons in more details, and we will also look at other reasons why your weight loss might be stagnating. Until then, keep calm and carry on!