It's so normal to really believe you're doing everything right, but still not be losing weight. This is frustrating and often results in giving up on our goals all together. Here are some of the reasons why you may not be losing weight...
Hidden sugars. You may have stopped eating sweets, stopped adding sugar to your coffee, and even started buying sugar free products, but have sugars are hidden almost everywhere. At last count, there are 61 names for sugar that are used in packaging labels, and the list continues to grow. Eat clean, natural foods with as few ingredients as possible so that you know exactly what's in your food.
You're putting all of your focus on exercise. Exercise is an absolutely wonderful thing, but it won't necessarily cause weight loss. While exercise tones the body, increases strength, speed, agility, flexibility, and balance, it's nutrition that is most responsible for determining weight. Depending on the type of exercise that's done, it may even increase your hunger and cause you to ultimately eat more.
You're eating over too long of a period of time. Trends over the last few years have told us to feed ourselves every few hours from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, but new science is showing that the body is only getting enough time to burn through the "newer calories" and isn't getting enough time to burn through the deeper stored fat.
You need to balance you hormones. This isn't really a reference to "female" hormones, but to the hormones in the gut that tell you when you're hungry and when you should stop eating. Stress can also contribute to hormone imbalance and hinder your weight loss goals.
You aren't metabolically adapted. Awareness of metabolic adaption is only rising now. When the body is fed the same way over a long period of time, it adjusts to maintain status quo. For this reason, it's best to "phase" your diet for weightless. Think of it as muscle confusion for your weight.
You're dehydrated. Often times when we feel hungry, we're actually really thirsty. Be sure to drink half your pounds of weight in ounces of water. Drink more during a strenuous workout or in a tropical climate. Also, drinking as soon as you wake up will help stimulate your organs to function better, and drinking a glass of water about half an hour before meals will help you feel fuller faster.
You need better sleep. Sleep effects everything in the body, including hunger, digestion, and weight regulation. This isn't the same as more sleep, this is in reference to better sleep.
If you're needing to learn how to balance your hormones, fight metabolic adaption, or fix any of the issues above, please consider 131Method. This program addresses all of these things and teaches you how to adjust for weight loss success.