Maybe you've tried them all, every fad-diet under the sun. Maybe you workout for an hour a day. Maybe all you eat is lean chicken, spinach, and flax seed.
And you're still not losing weight.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you may not be losing those stubborn pounds:
1.Your portion size is off. You can eat all the right foods, but if you aren't watching your portion size then your waistline may be paying the price. Remember, your stomach will stretch to accommodate what you fill it with. So, if you are used to eating a large amount of food then your stomach won't feel full until it has its oversized amount. If you cut back then your stomach will adjust and will feel satisfied with a lower quantity of food. The best way to bring your portion size into focus is to start a food journal. Writing down every bite and calorie will bring greater awareness of just how much you are putting into your body.
2. You're eating artificially-sweetened foods and drinks. Studies have shown that those who consume artificial sweetener have larger appetites and subsequently consume more calories and gain more fat. Although artificial sweeteners are calorie-free, the chemical compounds that make up artificial sweeteners seem to trigger appetite and do nothing to curb a sweet-tooth addiction. It's tough, but cutting back on sweet foods and drinks (whether made with real or artificial sugar) is a must if you want to lose weight.
3. You've hit an exercise plateau. Gradually, your body will adjust to the amount of exercise you are currently doing. Try adding an extra 45-60 minutes of exercise per week. Once you get to your ideal weight you can stick with more of a regular routine to maintain your body weight.
4. Your alcohol-intake is either too high or too low. Studies indicate that those who drink one to two glasses of alcohol a day (one for women and two for men) are less likely to be obese than those who don't drink at all. However, those who drink more than one to two glasses of alcohol a day are more likely to be obese. A word of caution - if you don't drink already then be careful not to overdo it. A glass of heart-healthy red wine at dinner is beneficial. A pina colada packs more calories than a Big Mac.
5. You're trying to loose too much weight too soon. Remember, slow and steady is the key. Crash diets might work in the short-term, but it's almost guaranteed that those pounds will creep back up. If you are eating healthfully, watching your portion size and alcohol intake, exercising, and staying away from sweet foods then you're off to a great start. It takes time for lasting weight loss to occur. Be patient! If you want to boost your weight loss program then try adding some Carlson Labs, Norweigian Cod Liver Oil Regular 8.4 fl oz to your diet. When accompanying a healthy diet and workout routine, fish oil has been shown to aid weight loss.