You’ve been working your butt off (literally) at the gym, eating fish and broccoli for dinner every night, but the scales don’t seem to moving.
I know, it’s super frustrating! But before you chuck your scales out the window and grab a caramel frappachino & donut, take a look below. You may get some tips as to why the scales aren’t budging and how to get them to be your new bff. .
- You’re not eating enough: In some cases, if you don’t eat enough food, your body may think there’s a famine happening and will go into starvation mode, storing all the food you eat as fat.
- You’re not drinking enough water: Staying hydrated is not only super important to avoid dehydration, but it can also aid with weight loss. When your body is dehydrated you can sometimes confuse this with being hungry. So the next time you’re feeling a tad hungry, have a big glass of water and wait 30-60 minutes before eating. You may find you were just thirsty after all.
- You’re not burning enough calories during the day: If you’re sitting down for 95% of the day, there could be a good chance you’re not burning enough calories. Try to get in a 30 minute walk every day and this could be the little change you need to make those scales start to move in the right direction.
- You’re drinking calories: A regular 350ml soft drink can contain over 9 tsp of sugar!! If you don’t burn those extra calories off during the day the sugar will convert to fat and may be the reason your scales aren’t moving in the right directions.
- Your not keeping track of what you’re eating: If you don’t keep a food diary you may not even realise that you’re eating to much or not enough food, both of these reasons can hinder weight loss. The weight loss planner is an amazing 8 week planner, where you can record what you eat daily and track your weight loss. You never know, it may be your secret weapon when it comes to weight loss.
- You could have a medical condition: Having a under-active thyroid or PCOS can hinder weight loss. If you think you may have one of these conditions, speak to your GP to talk about your options.
- You’re over-eating on healthy food: So you’re eating super healthy foods but the weight isn’t shifting? Maybe your portions are to big? Or you could be mindless eating? Sometimes the healthiest of foods can contain a lot of calories. For example, 50g of almonds contain nearly 300 calories. Yes, they are a great snack, but if you don’t portion out the almonds the calories will quickly add up.
- You’ve gained muscle: Muscle weighs more than fat. If you’ve been working out everyday and eating healthy but the scales didn’t budge, there is a good chance you gained muscle. Try measuring yourself, you may of lost inches instead of numbers on the scales.
- You never indulge: It’s okay to indulge in a slice of cake once in while. The idea behind it is that it’s better to have a small treat every once in a while, rather than depriving yourself and totally bingeing at a later date.
- You drink too much alcohol: You eat perfect all week, then the weekend comes around, you have a few wines & cocktails with your girlfriends and don’t think anything of it. Alcohol can be super high in calories. 2oomls of champagne can contain over 150 calories, so you can see how the calories can easily add up.
- You’re not eating breakfast: Breakfast = BREAK the FAST. When you’re snoozing away in bed you’re body is fasting. When you wake up and eat a healthy breakfast it jump-starts your metabolism and will provide you with energy to get your day started.
- You’re not eating enough greens: Veggies are full of nutrients and are naturally lower in calories. So by filling your plate with green veggies, you not only nourish your body but you also consume fewer calories than you would by eating chips or pasta.
- You’re not getting enough sleep: If you don’t get enough sleep at night it could leave you feeling super tired during the day, and when you’re tired the last thing you want to do is exercise. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night, so you wake up fresh with a spring in your step.