Dieting sucks, unless you’re super regimented, a health nut or a calorie counter. It’s time-consuming, expensive and can be a little boring. However, if you are one of the millions who are dieting, let me ask you this: Is it working for you? If it is, that’s terrific! If it’s not, well, it may not be entirely your fault. There is more than a few reasons that your diet isn’t working and may need a tune-up. It can stem from poor consistency to genetics, heredity and disease.
The Recycled Dieting Fad
The South Beach Diet, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Nutri-System. The vast amount of of diets and dieting fads there are is astounding but have you ever thought where these diets come from? Well, I hate to break it to you but a lot of these ‘new diets’ out there are actually recycled diets, they’re mostly just given a fancy new name. For example, the South Beach diet was the Atkins diet, which still exists but is given minor changes to it to make it appear more original and marketable to the public. There’s really no information here, I just found it very interesting!
Anyway, back to the point of why you’re not losing weight. Medically speaking, one of the top reasons you’re not dropping the pounds is depression. Around 49% of women experience depression after pregnancy due to hormonal and brain chemistry changes, stress, lifestyle changes and genetics all play a role. I honestly do not think people realize just how much of a role depression plays on many aspects of your life, physically as well as mentally.
Another reason may be that you’re doing too much cardio. Cardio doesn’t necessarily have to be done every single day that you train so try tempering it down to a few days less for a few weeks to see if there are changes in your weight.
Your calories per day are too low. According to dietary guidelines, a man should be getting 2,400-3,000 cals/day, whereas a woman should be getting 1,600-2,400 cals/day. When you aren’t consuming enough calories, your body most likely goes into survival mode, where the stored calories in your body go to fuel it for its vital processes.
Another biggie is drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. When somebody drinks alcohol, their body shuts down and prioritizes it metabolism. This will eventually lead to hormonal suppression and a decrease in testosterone. When testosterone lowers, it decreases metabolic health, which in turn means fat gain.
No matter what the cause for your weight gain, it can be extremely frustrating. Don’t become discouraged and definitely don’t become complacent either. Complacency leads to not doing anything at all and that’s even worse. If you think it may be hormonal, have your levels checked. Normally the issue is something within our control. So being a little tough on yourself, holding yourself accountable and practicing some self control will help immensely in the battle over your weight.
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John Schessler is a Health & Wellness Coach, Master Trainer, Men’s Life Coach, Actor, Writer and host of the podcast, “Flip Your Script” available on Apple Podcasts. He currently works in the Pittsburgh, PA area and is available for online coaching sessions and consultations. If you wish to contact, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org