I can bet that part of your New Year resolution was to lose weight and eat healthy. This is the sixth month in the year and you’ve held up your own end of the bargain, you’ve been eating all the right things, still no weight loss. So what’s the happening?
Maybe you are like Diana who believed the lies that certain foods make you gain weight.
She cut out butter, eggs, beef and whole grains, yet the folds persist.
She used a butter substitute, made with yogurt, sparingly. She ate fat-free yogurts sweetened with artificial sugar, often.
She avoided whole eggs, and only made omelets with egg-white substitutes from a box. She always chose chicken over beef, even if it was frozen and processed chicken parts, she still picked them over freshly ground beef.
She was told that bread is the enemy and she avoided it like the plague, thinking it was surely to blame for her weight since she was making so many other healthy food choices. Still she was unimpressed with her size. .
Here are some reasons why you might not be getting your desired results:
- You might not be eating enough. You need to be eating enough to support your metabolism. When we deprive our bodies of food, we also deprive our bodies of nutrients. When making the drastic change from dieting to eating real foods, including lots of fresh vegetables, quality proteins and healthy fats, it’s easy to under eat because you’re used to depriving yourself.
Your car wouldn’t run well without the right kind of fuel and your body is the same way. If under eat, your metabolism will actually slowdown in an attempt to conserve energy, because it thinks it’s starving and this is the proper mechanism to stay alive. This is why we recommend eating protein, fat and carbs (PFC) every 3-4 hours, as an attempt to keep your blood sugar levels stable and stay ahead of your hunger (since when you are hungry, your metabolism is already slowing down).
Cellular growth and repair is very slow, and your body stores the unused items in various ways, with one of them being inside the fat cells.
- You might be eating too much. It can take the body a while to get into a steady rhythm where it realizes it’s going to be re-fueled every few hours. Your body needs to trust that you are going to continue fueling it with the macro and micronutrients that it needs, and that you’re not going to starve it like you may have in the past.
So, as you start eating this way, your body may hold onto the nutrients it’s given and may not lose weight right away. Once your body understands this and this rhythm is reached, weight loss can happen. If after three to six months no weight loss occurs (it’s important to wait this long!) then it may be appropriate to decrease portion sizes. BUT, this is not to be done right away.
It’s vital to give your metabolism time to heal before reducing portion sizes. If this step is taken too soon, then your body may not trust you just yet and you’ll risk your body holding onto the food you give it when you do eat again, putting you back into that vicious cycle of restricting and gaining weight.
- You might not be sleeping enough. Sleep controls hormones which control your appetite and your metabolism, not to mention playing a key role in immunity, which you need working in your favor if you plan to lose weight too. Everything needs to be working properly for your body to lose weight, and it starts and ends with sleep. If you’re having trouble with your sleep, pinpoint the problem and fix it.
- You might be eating too much fruits. While fruits are amazing for weight loss, too much of it is not healthy. Although full of nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and phytonutrients, fruits are still high in sugar. If your portions aren’t in check, or you’re picking fruits for your carbohydrate choice at every meal and snack, then this may be your issue.
Not eating any fruit and having massive sugar cravings later can contribute to having too much. As always, it’s all about balance.
- You might not be eating enough fat. Your body needs fat for energy, to absorb certain vitamins and to literally, keep us standing upright. By depriving our bodies of fat, we’re forcing the body to find a different source for energy, not providing key nutrients vital to a healthy body (like vitamins A, D, E and K) and basic human processes like growth, immunity and reproduction don’t function at full capacity.
Don’t be afraid of fat. Fat is your friend, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Aim for a minimum of 10 grams at all meals and snacks — preferably more. Remember, balance is key.
- You might have a sensitivity to food. Let’s use gluten as an example. Forty percent of people in the world have a gluten sensitivity. That does not mean you have an allergy to gluten — it’s perfectly normal for any allergy tests to show that you are not allergic to gluten. You can still have a sensitivity without having an allergy. And if you are eating foods you have a sensitivity to, an inflammatory reaction takes place in your body and your body is not going to lose weight. Your body is going to focus on healing areas that are affected (damaged and inflamed) by the food you are eating.
The best way to determine if you have a food sensitivity is to completely eliminate the food for 4-6 weeks, and pay attention to how your body reacts when you have or don’t have this food in your daily eating plan.
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