8 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight
You’re choosing healthy foods, you’re exercising, you’ve cut out your late-night cookie habit, but the number on the scale isn’t budging. Sound familiar? This diet head-scratcher happens to the best of us. Here are some reasons why you may not be losing weight.
Not Paying Attention to Calories
Even healthy food contains calories. Choosing nutritious foods is smart, but just because they’re good for you doesn’t mean you can eat unlimited amounts and continue losing weight. A dinner of salad, salmon, and whole-grain pasta is certainly healthy, but don’t discount the numbers. A 6-oz. salmon fillet with two cups of whole-grain pasta clocks in at about 700 calories; a salad of lettuce and tomatoes with a tablespoon each olive oil and vinegar brings the total to well over 800 calories.
Weight loss is primarily a numbers game: calories in versus calories out. So choose nutritious foods, but count those calories and be mindful of “food fakers” with a health halo. And when you count the calories make sure you’re meeting your weight loss calorie goal. Calculate your number below.
Overcompensating for Exercise
Pat yourself on the back for fitting in a lunchtime run, but don’t consider it a free eating pass. It’s easy to miscalculate how many calories you’re actually burning. Your gym may promise that you’ll burn 500 calories with an hour of spinning but every person is different. You might burn just 300 calories.
For the most accurate info, wear an activity monitor that tracks calorie burn. And remember, if you reward yourself with a treat equal in calories to the calories you burned, it’s as if you never burned any calories at all.