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June 20, 2018

Obesity has been a huge challenge for so many people, and in fact, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, more than two in three US adults are considered overweight. Furthermore, you may have heard or tried so many diet plans or even changed some of your bad habits, but none of them hasn’t worked out well. In this article, I’ve put together four simple causes that may hamper your weight loss process.

1. You are not tracking what you are eating

You may have dropped some junk or sugary foods that you used to eat, but now, with your new diet plan, you still have to track your meals, regardless of what you’re eating. Awareness is the first and foremost factor to losing weight, and being responsible for what you just ate is key. Studies found that people who track their calories and food they’re eating tend to lose more weight faster than those who don’t.

Actionable step: track the amount of sugar and calories of the meal you’re eating in a day.

 2. You are eating too many calories

In order to lose weight, you have to burn your fat. And to lose more fat, you have to burn more calories. This is so simple, and yet many people still get this wrong: if you burn 2500 calories in a day, then you should not eat more than 2500 calories in a day. You must always aim for calories deficit in order to burn fat.

Actionable step: Use this calorie calculator to approximate the number of calories you’re burning every day, and make sure that what you eat in one day is less than that.

 3. You don’t get enough protein

Protein is the most important nutrition for losing weight because it boosts your body metabolism by 80 – 100 calories per day. Most people get this one wrong because they think they should be avoiding meats and fat. Although that might be true, what you should be avoiding is meats that are processed and full of fat like bacon. Instead, we highly recommend lean and healthy protein foods like chicken breast, egg whites, and soy milk to increase your body metabolism.

Actionable step: increase your protein intake in a day by having a huge protein breakfast like scrambled eggs and soy milk.

 4. You don’t exercise enough

Lifting weights and doing cardio are two things that you must do in order to lose weights. We cannot stress this enough. All of those diets and routines that you do every single day will go in vain if you don’t exercise because it burns tons of calories and fosters your body metabolism.

Actionable step: sign up for a gym membership if you haven’t already, then make a schedule and commit to it every single week.

All in all, losing weight takes a huge commitment and time. It won’t happen in a day, or in a week, but it will happen soon if you are committed enough to do so. You have to be patient and persistent in your diet and lifestyle. So, what is that one thing that has prevented you right now from losing weight? Let me know in the comment section below!

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