Why Am I Not Losing Weight?
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You’re not losing weight because you’re consuming too many calories. “…But I’m consuming the right amount of calories every day and not losing weight!,” you say.
That’s not likely. While there will be times when you don’t lose weight for days or maybe even weeks due to unforeseen changes taking place inside of you (increased water retention is the biggest culprit), if you consistently count calories you should see the number on your scale drop over slowly over weeks and months.
If you know you’re consuming less calories than your body needs and still not losing weight, you’re more than likely underestimating your daily calories.
You have countless opportunities to make mistakes during the day to consume extra calories. There are 140 calories in two Oreo cookies. Mayo can add 150 calories to a sandwich without flinching. A cup of cereal on average is around 110 calories. Milk adds 50 calories or so for every 1/2 cup you put into your morning cereal. Milk, creamers, and sugar can add hundreds of calories to your coffee.
Snacking adds up. Liberal portion sizes add up.
Are you measuring your calories closely enough? If not, start looking more closely at everything you eat during the day and you’ll probably find some hidden calories.
If your calories are exactly where they should be and you still can’t seem to lose weight after several weeks, you could be in a dreaded weight loss plateau. You also might still be losing weight/fat — just not on the scale. This is why taking pictures and/or watching yourself in the mirror for physical changes is so important.