Have you been giving yourself food rewards for working so hard at the gym? Becoming more lenient with your diet is not the answer. So remember to keep following your eating plan while following through with your exercise goals.
You're stressed all the time
Back in the old days, stress usually meant your life was in danger. So your stress response is designed specifically to get you through those rare life threatening moments. But what happens when everyday stresses of modern life constantly trigger a life or death response?
The stress hormone cortisol helps the body stay in fat storing mode. This i part of the fight or flight response. So if you've been ignoring your stress levels, and the scale won't budge, now you've got your needed motivation to relax. Try yoga, meditation, or my 5-minute emotional detox.
You have an all or nothing attitude
Let's say you eat strictly while at home. But the second you go out of town, you let go of restrictions. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas. But that doesn't count when it comes to diet.
The answer is to never look at diet as all or nothing. Health is a lifestyle choice, not a temporary plan you go on or off. That means there are always room for treats. But that's not an excuse to lose control
Learn to treat yourself in other ways besides food. And at the same time, stop looking at things as all or nothing. An attitude of moderation is the best long-term strategy.
You're eating way more sugar than you think.
If you're positive you're doing everything well, and the scale won't budge, it's time to do some investigating. And don't be shocked if the culprit is hidden sugar.
Let's say you're putting an extra couple of coffee creamers in your morning beverage. That seems innocent enough. But all that sugar adds up. And you don't get a free pass if you're using a creamer with artificial sweeteners. Many studies suggest fake sweeteners contribute to weight gain too.
So if you've hit a brick wall with your weight loss, start looking at your diet like a detective. You might be shocked with what you find.
6 reasons the scale won't budge
You're not a lost cause. So don't give up on yourself if the scale won't budge. There is hope.
Nutrition and exercise are essential to weight loss. But they don't tell the entire story. Sometimes you need to look deeper.
So start looking at the entire picture of your health. As I mentioned, things that have nothing to do with calories can make your body go into fat storing mode. So if you're stuck, this means it's time to look deeper. The scale will eventually move. You just haven't YET hit the root of the problem. Keep investigating and you'll get there!