It’s frustrating. You have that ideal weight in mind, but it seems like no matter what you do, you just can’t lose weight. What in the world could be going wrong?
Well, unless you have a medical condition (which in our experience is not usually the case…but you should probably see a doctor regardless when can’t lose weight), then one of these reasons might be the culprit.
Top Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight
1. You’re Over-Estimating the Positive Effects of Your Cardio Workouts.
Many people trying to lose weight turn into cardio warriors. They hit that elliptical or treadmill for countless hours a week. Yet those same people often don’t see the results they want. Why? Well, usually it’s because they are over-estimating the effects. Consider this–a typical 30-minute steady state cardio routine is going to burn somewhere around 300 calories. If you think about it, that’s not even an entire meal’s worth in most cases.
So while a workout burning 300 calories is great, if you aren’t changing your eating habits as well, that cardio workout will be cancelled out pretty quickly.
2. You’re Guessing to Much with Your Calories.
Calorie counting really is an exact science. That said, it CAN be kind of a pain at times, so people tend to guess and get things way off. This usually happens in one of two areas. The first mistake often comes when deciding how many calories you need to be taking in. Consider this: if you need to take in 1500 calories a day, but you’re taking in 1600 a day, that could keep that last 10 pounds on you. How can you figure out your caloric intake? Try a tool like this.
The other estimation mistake comes along with the actual counting process. For example, one serving of peanut butter is two tablespoons. However, it’s a pain in the butt to measure out peanut butter because it’s so sticky. So most people eyeball it. Well, eyeballing it can cost you a couple hundred calories pretty quick if you aren’t careful.
3. You’re Not Drinking Enough Water.
Look, we all know we should be drinking more water, but there are two reasons you might not be considering. First of all, if you’re upping fiber but not increasing your water intake, you may find yourself being constipated. Constipation keeps you from losing the weight of your waste–and as women, we tend to deal with this problem more…frequently. Secondly, if you aren’t well-hydrated, your body will actually hold onto more fat.
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