Despite my eating a sugar-free candida diet for quite some time, I still have struggled on and off with keeping my weight where I want it to be.
Most of us have been fighting the scales our whole lives.
Some people try all kinds of things - diets, low carb, no carb, loads of exercise programs, extra fiber.....even crazy diets like The Grapefruit Diet, The Peanut Butter and Jelly Diet (YIKES!) and more. They do all of these crazy things and then hop off the scale, only to find that they're not losing weight.
Today, we're going to talk about 5 Reasons Why You Might Not Be Losing Weight. Do any of these sound familiar?
At some point in your life, you've probably wanted to lose weight. Maybe it's now. You wonder if you should cut carbs, go grain-free or gluten-free, or skip snacks.
Hmmmm.....Well, let's talk about the problems with most of the dietary thinking in the market these days, find out why you're not losing weight, and get on the road to better health.
5 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight
Reason One: You're On a Diet
If you're not losing weight it might be because you are trying to do so!
You’ll lose weight on a low-calorie diet... for a while. You’ll be hungry, but never mind, by sheer willpower you’ll persevere... for a while. Then when your resolve runs out, as statistics indicate it will, you’ll gain back the weight, plus a probable post-diet bonus:
a few extra pounds.
Low-calorie diets simply don’t work long-term and can have bad consequences. The scientific community has known this since the Minnesota starvation experiment, carried out over 60 years ago.
Frankly, you know this too.
Reason Two: You Aren't Eating Whole Foods
When you allow yourself to be swayed by product claims such as:
“it’s heart healthy”, "part of a balanced diet," or "sugar-free."
A lot of foods seem that they would be a good choice for you to help you lose weight, but in reality they won't, and might in fact end up sabotaging your weight loss goals.
Eating more whole foods will help to fill you up and satisfy both your taste buds and your hunger, so you will end up likely eating fewer calories, which can naturally lead to weight loss.
Reason Three: You Count Calories
Computing and calculating bite after bite won’t get you where you want to go. Calorie counting shifts the focus from food quality to numerical values instead of nutritional quality.
But your body knows that a 700-calorie factory-made instant meal is not the same as a 700-calorie nutrient-dense, whole food dinner. A multitude of factors, particularly hormones, control hunger, metabolism rate, and weight.
It’s considerably more sophisticated than a simplistic calculation of calories in - calories out.
Reason Four: You hate your body and yourself
That picture of the model you pasted on your fridge? You don’t look like her.
In fact, the model that posed for the picture doesn’t look like her either. That woman’s been preened and prepared by personal trainers, stylists, hairdressers and makeup artists, and photographed by top photographers under ideal lighting conditions.
And since that’s not enough, she’s been photoshopped to create a wondrous, mythical creature who does not exist in nature.
You might as well compare yourself to a unicorn - ha!
Weight loss motivated by "I hate my body" rather than "I want to improve my health" is born in negativity.
How about eating real food because it’s delicious and nourishing rather than crash dieting because you can't stand yourself. What a healthy concept!
Reason Five: You eat low fat
Surely it’s that horrid saturated fat (consumed for millennia) that’s causing the obesity epidemic. Odd how obesity levels began to climb in the late 70s, right around the time the “Dietary Goals for the United States” report got Americans to replace fats, meat, and eggs with lots of complex carbohydrates and fiber.
While experts can’t agree on what’s causing the obesity epidemic, common sense indicates one thing:
Weight gain has been out of control for only a few decades.
Part of the answer might be found in foods we’ve been eating lots of lately--packaged, processed white flours and sugars rather than whole foods that have been nourishing people for centuries.
See 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating More Fat for more fat facts to chew on.
How to Lose Weight for Real
Basically, though it's easier to lean on fads, in order to lose weight, one needs to eat fewer calories than one expends. So go back over the list of potential barriers here, and see which ones you can address.
Hopefully as you work on these issues, you will find that you are eating healthier and that your weight ends up being where you'd like it to be.
Why do you think that you're not losing weight?