The Most Common Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Weight Loss
Starting on your weight loss journey can be difficult. You’re starting to form new habits, try out new, healthier meals, and incorporate enough movement into your daily routine. With so much information on weight loss, including treatment options, diets, and countless other research, it can be hard to sift through what’s valuable, accurate, and best for you. 

Many people struggle to lose weight because they are trying to make so many changes at one time. If you’re struggling on your weight loss journey, these are the most common mistakes you could be making. 

You’re Skipping Meals

It’s well-known that you must be in a calorie deficit to lose weight. When people hear this, they may be so eager to lose weight that they start skipping meals. When you do this, it slows down your metabolism, which leads to little to no weight loss. Rather than immediately burn fat, your body enters a fasted state that seeks to preserve as much fat as possible. 

Skipping meals can also cause you to lose muscle mass, something many people want to avoid on their weight loss journey. If you’re still hungry at the end of the day or skipping meals, make sure you’re eating regular, balanced meals or having healthy snacks throughout the day.

You’re Eating Too Many Calories

On the other hand, you may be eating too many calories. While you may be making healthy choices, it all comes down to the calories you consume. Some foods, such as nuts, have higher calories even though they are a healthy snack. 

A good practice is to start tracking the food you eat. This will help you be more aware of your consumption and help you to hit your calorie goal. 

Setting an appropriate calorie deficit can be difficult, and it’s best to consult with a licensed dietician, nutritionist, or physician. They can help you set the right daily limits without making your diet feel too restrictive or depriving your body of much-needed nutrients. 

You’re Not Exercising

A balanced diet is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, but without exercise, you likely won’t see the results you desire. Start by incorporating exercise you enjoy, such as walking, weight lifting, or yoga. As your stamina increases, you’ll be able to do more. Consult with a doctor before you begin a treatment plan. 

You’re Not Getting Enough Protein

Protein is a key component of a healthy diet. It is the most satiating of the three main macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates). It’s also vital to building muscle after a workout. Total protein intake will vary from person to person, so consult with a doctor before drinking protein shakes or adding supplements to your diet. Instead, aim to get most of your nutrients through foods such as chicken, eggs, and tofu. 

Schedule a Consultation With TestoThera

Our physicians at TestoThera are board-certified and licensed to help patients achieve their weight loss goals. Our customized plans focus on balancing your hormones and providing you with long-term strategies and techniques to reach your weight loss goal. Schedule a consultation at our Katy, TX, office by calling (346) 202-6671.