Being on a restrictive diet is hard enough as it is, but it is far more challenging when you are doing everything you can and you still do not seem to be shifting the pounds.
Here are some reasons why you may be struggling with weight loss Stony Stratford and might consider fat freezing treatment to get into those smaller-sized jeans instead.
- Muscle gain
One of the most common reasons why you might not be seeing the scales get lighter is that you could be gaining muscle while losing fat. If you are combining a protein-rich diet with a new exercise programme, it is likely your muscle mass is increasing. As muscle weighs more than fat, this means you may find yourself weighing more initially.
An article in the Evening Standard reassured those on a weight loss journey, saying: “Muscle burns calories so the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will be burning even when you’re resting.”
- Not drinking enough
While it is not a good idea to consume too many alcoholic or sugary drinks, as these can add a significant number of calories to your daily intake, you should make sure you drink plenty of water.
Healthline reported that participants of a 12-week weight loss study who drank half a litre of water 30 minutes before meals shed 44 per cent more weight than those who did not.
The news provider also stated that drinking water before meals could increase the number of calories burned by between 24 and 30 per cent over an hour and a half. It also fills you up before eating, so you are less likely to eat as much food.
Those who have been on a diet for some time and are used to seeing the pounds melt away might get a shock when this suddenly stops, even if their eating and exercise habits have not changed recently.
However, it is perfectly normal to hit a plateau when it comes to weight loss Stony Stratford. Healthline recommends increasing calorie intake for a short period, as well lifting some weights and sleeping more. This will build up muscle, helping you to shift more weight later on.
- Eat mindfully
Too many of us eat in a hurry, whether it is when we are on the go, during our commute, at our desks at work, or quickly before we have to dash out. This, as well as being distracted while eating, whether by watching television, playing with our phones or trying to do other things at the same time, means we are not cherishing every bite.
Mindful eating – without distraction and savouring it slowly – could significantly aid weight loss, as it makes you more conscious of every mouthful, helping you to enjoy it more so it satisfies your hunger. This also means you are better able to read signals from your body that you are full, so you do not overeat without even realising.
Author of The Small Change Diet Keri Gans said: “If you don’t take the time to do this, it may seem as if you haven’t eaten at all.”