5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Why Are You Not Losing Weight? (Image Source: Shutterstock)

1. You’re Still Lowering Your Number Without Realizing It

Sometimes it just appears that you’ve hit a plateau. You step on the scale, and that number doesn’t budge for days or even weeks. Just because your overall weight isn’t changing, however, doesn’t mean you aren’t losing fat.

2. You’re Exercising, But Not Losing Weight

Resistance training is a great tool for weight loss. Lifting weights will help you maintain and build muscle that is often burned off during cardio. If you regularly lift weights, you can keep losing fat without losing your muscle. Resistance training also keeps your metabolism running at a higher rate.

Are You Exercising But You’re Still Not Losing Weight? (Image Source: Shutterstock)

3. You’re Not Sleeping Enough

Sleep is vital for weight loss. People who struggle with insomnia regularly are more tempted to grab junk food when they feel tired. Junk food tends to give you a quick boost of energy, but makes you crash just as fast. If you fall into the pattern of choosing bad snack choices, you are in danger of packing on pounds quickly.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep? (Image Source: Shutterstock)

4. You’re Not Losing Weight in Ketosis

Ketogenic diets can be great for weight loss, but it’s still possible to stop losing weight while you’re on them. The most common reason for this phenomenon is that you are not counting your calories. People will have you believe that you can eat however much bacon you want while you’re on the keto diet — but that unfortunately, isn’t true. Calories always matter.

5. You’re Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Not reducing your alcohol intake can also lead to a weight loss plateau. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram — which is extremely high. If you don’t want to cut alcohol out completely, it’s helpful to limit your intake to certain days of the week. For example, if you find that you end each night with a glass of wine, try drinking wine for only two nights a week instead.

How Much Alcohol Are You Drinking? (Image Source: Shutterstock)

The Bottom Line

You might think you’re doing everything you can to lose weight, but there might be a few pesky missteps in the way. Losing weight is hard, but if you can make these five changes, you should be well on your way to breaking through that plateau and reaching your goals.

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