Losing weight can be difficult. You can be doing literally everything by the book and you still might not be seeing the results that you’re desperately seeking. Bodyweight can fluctuate up to 5 pounds over the course of an entire day, it can be very frustrating! Here are some little-known reasons why you might not be seeing the number moving down on the scale.
It’s not a secret that drinking enough water is super important in our struggle with weight loss. Drinking enough water helps the body flush out toxins and get rid of stuff we don’t want. More importantly, however, when we don’t get enough water, our kidneys can’t function properly. When our kidneys don’t function at optimal performance, it can cause our bodies to store extra fat we have, rather than burn it off in a workout.
Also, with increased exercise usually comes motivation to eat a healthier diet full of fruits and veggies. When we switch our diets, intake more fiber but don’t drink more water, it can result in constipation. When you start eating more fibrous foods it’s absolutely important that you also up your water intake.
How much water should you be drinking? Divide your weight in half and that’s how many ounces you should be drinking each day. If you eat a lot of fiber or workout hard, adding another eight to 16 ounces is not a bad idea.
Not Enough Protein
High-protein diets are a great way to get your weight loss journey started, they definitely help facilitate weight loss in the beginning! It helps you feel fuller after eating and ultimately helps to keep you from eating too much. It also keeps your muscles lean and tight when you’re burning fat! If you don’t get enough protein, your body can tap into your muscles for fuel causing them to dwindle away – keep them tight by consuming enough protein! Most women need about 40-80 grams of protein each day divided up between meals! You can use animal sources and plant sources to keep variety high!
You Have A Desk Job
If you’re an office worker and still make time for your workouts each day, new research has shown that dedicated can’t compensate for the fact that you’re sedentary for the rest of your day. When you sit for extended periods of time, your body stops producing the fat-inhibiting enzyme lipase. Even getting up and walking around for 2 minutes every hour can help burn an extra 59 calories each day! If you often forget to get up and walk around, set an alarm on your computer or your phone. If you’re really motivated, you can pick up a wearable fitness tracker, like a FitBit, that helps keep track of a number of steps you’re putting in each day! That way you know how many steps you’ve put in at any given time and you know how much more you need to do.
Your Numbers Are Wrong
You may be good at math, but counting calories in and calories out is a whole new game. When you’re calculating your BMR, or basal-metabolic rate (the minimum calories your body burns in a day), it normally asks how active you are, taking into account your workouts. So once that’s calculated there’s no reason to add in more calories burned every time you workout. That’s the biggest place where people go wrong. With food on the other hand, it’s easy to grab a snack here and a snack there and completely lose count of the calories you’re eating. It’s easy to shove something that’s 100-200 calories in one mouth full, so be careful! Your math skills, or lack thereof, could be the demise of your weight loss.
You Workout Often
This sounds weird, we know. But when you start to workout, you tend to eat more food. In the beginning, you’ll feel hungry, absolutely! But you have to be careful not to eat what you burn off, or more! Working out can also make you retain water. Your body knows when you sweat, so to help keep you from being dehydrated it keeps extra water stored in the body, causing the number on that scale to go up. It sounds a little counter productive but if you drink even more water, it will all flush out and your weight should be normal.
Your Stress Levels Are High
Stress = stress eating. Hands down. On top of it all, when you’re under high levels of stress, the body produces a hormone called cortisol, which aids in the fat development around our midsection because it slows your metabolism. Exercise is a great way to reduce the stress built up in the body. Proper nutrition can help repair any damage caused by stress and having the moral support of friends and family can help too!