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Welcome to the inside of my brain. Here, I share experiences, tips, tricks and fun things I've learned during my weight loss journey. 

  • Gail Ballin

5 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

We live in a society that enjoys instant gratification and ‘dieting’ is no exception to that desire.

We love to see quick results for our efforts. That’s why the diet industry is a multi-billion dollar business. They promise quick results, sometimes at a significant cost.

What happens, though, when you have made that financial and/or emotional investment and you’re compliant with your program (or at least you think you are), but you don’t see results?

There are few things in life that are more frustrating than working hard and not reaping the benefit of your efforts. If this describes you, let’s examine some of the things that could be impacting your ability to lose weight.

There are a few things that you could be doing wrong:

1. Over Estimating Calorie Burn: Information found on our apps and on our heart monitors are only estimates. It’s very easy to overestimate the amount of calories you are burning. For example, when I spin for 45 minutes, I burn 463 calories, when I spin for 50 minutes I burn 514 – is it tempting to enter 50 minutes? Sure, but I’m not at the same exertion level the last 5 min of class. I’m cooling down and I’m stretching, so it doesn’t really count. It is always better to underestimate. Otherwise, you might convince yourself that you can eat more, hence defeating the purpose in the first place.

2. Underestimating Calorie Intake: Calorie counting is a bit more accurate, but it’s all based on the honor system. Make sure to measure and weigh everything. If a serving of wheat thins is 130 calories for 18 (I’m totally making that up – so check for accuracy before logging it), then make sure to count the 18 crackers. If you eat 20, you’re eating more than the 130 calories. If you underestimate what you’re eating, then you are eating more calories than you should Be honest. TRACK EVERYTHING. Even when you cheat.

3. Mistaking Thirst for Hunger: I talked about this in one of my FaceBook Live sessions. Sometimes our bodies need water, but we think we are hungry so we eat. This turns into wasted calories. Evaluate whether you’re actually physically hungry or thirsty before eating. Have a glass of water. If you still feel hungry after 15 minutes, then have something healthy to eat. Always ask yourself whether you are thirsty before you go for food.

4. Not Getting Enough Sleep: Sleep is just as important to weight loss as diet and exercise. You have to be well rested in order for your body to function properly. Make sure to get at least 8 hours per night.

5. Your Digestive Health: This is a yucky topic, but its important to talk about as your body can actually store several pounds of fecal matter if it is not eliminated regularly. Ensure that you are eating a well balanced diet that includes high fiber fruits and vegetables, proteins, fats and probiotics. If you have issues with elimination, there are several over the counter solutions that can help. Speak with your physician for more direction if this is a concern of yours.

If you find yourself not making progress on your meal plan despite making a good faith effort, consider making some of the changes I noted in this blog. Hopefully, they will help. If they don’t, then consider what you’re eating to determine if it is a well balanced plan.

Bee healthy. Bee happy.

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