Weight Loss Blogs

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Not Losing Weight

As anyone who has ever tried to lose weight can attest, shedding unwanted pounds is HARD. Even if you’re eating “right” and exercising daily, you may still find it difficult to lose weight. Or perhaps you started off strong, and quickly hit a plateau. So what gives?

The reality is that there are a number of factors that influence your ability to lose weight. You might be eating too much, not drinking enough water, or eating the wrong kinds of foods. Any weight loss plan that doesn’t take a holistic approach is almost guaranteed to fail.

The Ideal You program is unique. We don’t just focus on what you eat (although that’s important) or the number of calories you take in each day. Instead, we utilize a comprehensive strategy that is designed to help shift your metabolism from fat-storing to fat-burning – allowing you to achieve your ideal weight.

You Aren’t Tracking Your Food Intake

One of the most important aspects of any weight loss program is being aware of what you are eating. If you don’t keep track of your food intake, your weight loss plan will probably fail.

Studies show that tracking what you eat and drink throughout the day aids weight loss. People who either use food diaries or who photograph their meals lose more weight than people who don’t track their food.

With the Ideal You program, you will get a food diary to help you keep track of what you are eating. Along with a structured food list, this diary will aid in your weight loss efforts by making you aware of what you are eating each day.

You’re Eating Too Many Calories

It is far too easy to overeat – even if you are mostly consuming healthy, whole foods. Even if you are eating the types of foods that are good for your body, if you eat too much of them, you won’t lose weight.

For example, almonds are a good source of protein and heart-healthy fats, and are often recommended as a snack while you are trying to lose weight. Yet they are also calorie-dense, with a single serving of approximately 23 almonds containing 162 calories. If you eat more than a small handful of nuts, you are adding a lot of excess calories to your diet.

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of overeating is to keep a food diary. As mentioned above, a food journal will help make you aware of what you are eating – and can help you spot bad habits (like mindless snacking) and address them. Because most people tend to underestimate the number of calories that they consume, keeping a food journal can help to eliminate this issue.

You Aren’t Eating Enough of the Right Kind of Food

When it comes to weight loss, protein is king. Making sure that between 25 and 30% of your daily calorie intake consists of protein can actually boost your metabolism, reduce cravings, and decrease the amount of calories that you eat each day. If you aren’t eating enough protein, you may find yourself consuming more calories throughout the day – which can stall out your weight loss efforts.

Be sure to load up on protein throughout the day, particularly at breakfast. Studies show that people who eat a breakfast high in protein are less hungry and have fewer cravings during the day. Lean proteins like eggs, poultry, and seafood are often a great choice for your weight loss efforts.

In addition to eating protein, focus on whole foods like fruits and vegetables. Processed foods are dense in calories and fat, and low on nutrition. By mostly eating whole foods – the items that are typically found around the perimeter of the grocery store – you may be able to lose more weight.

You’re Drinking Your Calories

Sugary beverages – from pop to juice to alcohol – make it way too easy to consume lots of calories quickly. Studies show that these types of drinks lead to weight loss because you don’t experience a sense of satiety with them. In other words, even though you are consuming lots of calories when you crack open a Coke, your brain does not signal your body to eat less food to compensate.

Even “healthy” beverages, like Vitamin water or fruit juices, can be problematic. While they may taste good and have less refined sugar than a bottle of Sprite, it’s still empty calories. 

Similarly, alcoholic beverages tend to be calorie dense, particularly if they are high in sugar (like a margarita or beer). That being said, it may be possible to enjoy a drink from time to time, but stick to spirits mixed with a zero calorie beverage. Heavier drinking and drinking sugary drinks is associated with weight gain.

You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

It may seem strange, but sleepless nights can sabotage your weight loss efforts. According to research, poor sleep is a major risk factor for obesity. If you are trying to lose weight, it is vital that you get enough sleep each night.

Our bodies are complex, and the various systems are interconnected. If we neglect an area of health, it can cause other issues – like weight gain. For this reason, it is important to get sufficient shuteye each night. If you are struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, consider adding a melatonin supplement to help.

You Aren’t Staying Hydrated

If you find yourself struggling to lose weight, you may need to add some water to your diet. Drinking water can actually help you lose weight. Not only will drinking a glass of water before a meal help you eat fewer calories, it may even boost your metabolism.

According to scientific research, drinking 17 ounces of water 30 minutes before a meal can help you lose as much as 44% more weight. It can also help to increase the number of calories that  you burn by as much as 30% over a period of 1.5 hours. The bottom line? Be sure to sip on plenty of water throughout the day – not only will it help you avoid sugary drinks, it may even improve your ability to lose weight.

You Aren’t Eating Mindfully

In our jam-packed lives, it is easy to grab food that you can eat on the run. You may even find yourself wolfing down a meal to get out of the door on time. While eating quickly may be necessary sometimes, it can often lead to overeating – and weight gain.

Mindful eating is a technique that involves slowing down, savoring each bite, and eating without distractions (like the tv or your phone). Studies have shown that mindful eating can actually lead to weight loss, in part because it reduces overeating and binge eating. If you want to lose weight, consider mindful eating.

Weight Loss Made Simple with Ideal You

No matter how many times someone might tell you that you just need to eat less and move more, we all know that weight loss isn’t quite so easy. If you find yourself having difficulty losing weight, know that there is help. Ideal You can help you achieve your goal weight.

Our approach to weight loss is different; we won’t ever ask you to drink chalky shakes, exercise for hours a day, or cut calories to an unhealthy level. Instead, we offer a structured food list, a food diary, all-natural supplements, and access to a team of weight loss professionals to coach you. With our program, you’ll be able to lose a life-changing amount of weight quickly and sustainably.

If you’re ready to get started, reach out today at 888-488-7258 or schedule a free consultation at our Ann Arbor, Livonia, Sterling Heights, or Grand Rapids locations.