“I was already losing weight, but all of a sudden I gained again! I don’t know what’s wrong!” Well, here’s a scientific fact: When you lose weight, your body fights back. Although you may be able to lose weight at first, at minimal effort, it might slow down, or stop altogether. Worse? You might gain again.
Why are you not losing weight? Find out.
1. You are losing, but you don’t realise it.
Do you think you are no longer losing weight? Don’t freak out just yet.
Body weight tends to fluctuate by a few pounds depending on what you eat, and your hormones. Why hormones? Well, your hormones have a major effect on how much water your body holds on to.
It is also possible to gain muscle at the same time as you lose fat, especially if you just recently started exercising. This is, in fact, a good thing, as what you really want to lose is body fat, not just weight.
2. You are not mindful of what you are eating.
According to a study, self-monitoring (your weight) is a centerpiece of any weight loss program – keep track of what you put in your body (what you eat). Another study says that people who use food diaries, or take pictures of their meals, consistently lose more weight than people who don’t.
3. You are not eating enough protein.
Protein is the single most important nutrient for losing weight. Protein has effects on appetite-regulatinghormones, which can mediate cravings or desire for snacking.
Also, protein intake of 25-30% of calories can boost metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and make you automatically eat several hundred fewer calories per day. It is better to eat breakfast that is loaded with protein. In fact, studies show that those who eat a high-protein breakfast.
If you eat breakfast, then this is the most important meal to load up on the protein. Studies show that those who eat a high-protein breakfast are less hungry and have fewer cravings throughout the day.
A high protein intake also helps prevent metabolic slowdown, a common side effect of losing weight. It also helps to prevent weight regain.