Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
Have you shouted out to yourself “Why can’t I lose weight no matter what I do?!”
If yes, then you are in the right place, because I have gone through it as well, and want to help you get out of that rut – immediately!
But this explanation of why you can’t lose weight is about your weight loss journey, and how to succeed.
Therefore, by the end of this post, you will know the reasons why and understand what you can do to change your life.
As you surely know, there are magical benefits to losing weight, and you deserve to experience them all.
Here are the most likely reasons that you cannot lose weight:
1. You’re Starving
You might think that diet and exercise means not to eat all day, and instead eat all evening.
And getting up from and back to the couch is the exercise.
Or don’t eat all day, suffer as much as possible during the waking hours at the office, and everyone knows how hard you are trying to lose weight.
And despite not eating all day, you still take your lunch break on a treadmill, elliptical, or recumbent bike, thinking that fasted cardio burns more calories and is really going to blast away your belly fat.
So what is wrong with this picture if you suffer your body like this?
If you think about it, you know it is not a good idea, at all.
Your Body Demands Calories to Function
And you can estimate that your body needs at least 10 calories for every pound of body weight.
So, if you are a 200-pound man or a 150-pound woman, you need at least 2000 or 1500 calories respectively for maintenance of your body.
The problem is that by the time you get home from work, you could eat the sidewalk and trees in front of your home.
You are starving and your body is going to have its way with you because your body will make sure that you feed it the calories it wants.
And frankly, you don’t stand a chance.
When you get home at night without fueling your body in the day, that is an invitation for an all-night binge which will quickly put the brakes on your weight loss progress.
2. Ridiculous Weight Loss Goals
Did you just open up an invitation to an event where you must now lose 100 pounds over the next month?
Welcome to the world of unrealistic weight loss goals.
How many years did it take to put on the weight?
Whether it was a year or 30 years, you cannot expect to lose all the weight in one month.
And definitely not in a week, unless you want to completely lose all your muscle mass on an extremely low-calorie diet, as explained above, you will never win.
Studies show consistently that healthy weight loss is between 1 and 2 pounds a week, not an hour!
So, if you start to change your lifestyle habits today, you can expect to take off 12 to 20 pounds in 3 months, and 50 or more pounds in only 6 months.
Even if you eat a healthy diet but the number of calories is less than the amount your body needs for vital functions such as digestion, assimilation, and respiration, you will lose.
And the facts show that you always lose when you go against your body, which is you still have not been successful at long term weight loss.
3. You Don’t Move – At All!
Your body is a magical machine.
It functions and you are not even aware of what it is doing.
Your body keeps you alive despite your shenanigans, and even when you are asleep.
Do you think that your body is built only to sit in a chair, the car, on the train, in a bus, at the desk, and on the couch in front of the latest Top 10 on Netflix?
Or do you think your body is built to move?
If you imagine the latter, you are right!
There are different types of muscles in the body, for example, your cardiac muscle contracts the heart to pump blood.
These muscles are striated and are not under your voluntary control.
Unlike cardiac muscle, other involuntary organ muscles like your stomach are smooth.
Your smooth muscles function without your knowing about them.
As you can see, your cardiac and smooth muscles are all involved in the basic maintenance and repair of your body.
The third type of muscle in your body is skeletal muscle.
As opposed to cardiac and smooth muscles, your skeletal muscles are under your voluntary control.
The purpose of your skeletal muscles is to move your skeleton, which is why they are attached to your bones by tendons.
So How Many Muscles Are in the Human Body?
As per PainScience.com ²:
- One cardiac muscle to move the blood around your body
- About 700 named skeletal muscles to move your skeleton, your body
- Billions of smooth muscle cells do the work of the autonomic nervous system ²
- Trite stuff such as controlling your:
You Don’t Use Your Skeletal Muscles
Now you should see the problem, there are hundreds of skeletal muscles for moving your body.
Is that not a clue that you are supposed to be moving your body?
Of course, it is not your fault that you live in the modern world where you literally don’t have to move your body, except for the bare minimum.
You will begin to see results once you start moving your body at least 30 minutes a day because now you let your body know that your muscles are open for business, they are active and need fuel.
As a result, you can reverse insulin resistance and watch your fat begin to melt away.
All you need to do is start walking to burn fat and only a couple of strength training exercises to build muscle:
Walk for the Easiest Fat Loss Ever
4. The Daily Weigh
You don’t weigh yourself often enough.
If you are serious to get fit or die trying, you need to measure your progress, daily.
From a weight-loss perspective, the easiest way to do this is the daily weigh.
Every morning, jump on your body composition scale, and note if you are trending in the right direction or not.
Haphazard weighing is the perfect way to suddenly shoot up forty pounds and not know about it till it is too late and you can no longer fit in your clothes.
Get on your scale today, jot down where you are at, and start from today.
You need to establish your baseline and once you do, you will know how your body reacts to your food and exercise on a daily basis.
Yes, you become your own scientist!
5. Too Many Processed ‘Healthy Foods’
Take a look at your cupboards and fridge.
Think about what you buy at the supermarket.
Are most of your foods packaged in colorful boxes screaming about how healthy they are?
Or they only have half the fat or sugar than the other brand?
How much ‘real food’ do you eat?
Before you start counting calories, write down a day’s worth of the food you eat.
If most of your meals are processed, manufactured in food plants, now you know why you can’t lose weight.
Food scientists are in business only when you keep coming back for more of their products.
You know that it is unlikely that you could ever eat less than one Dorito chip.
That chip is engineered to keep you coming back for more.
Now imagine eating a simple apple.
Which one do you think you might binge on, Dorito chips or apples?
The fiber in the apple is going to fill you up faster, as well as the chewing.
But what is in that Dorito?
“Nacho Cheese Doritos ingredients (U.S.), in order of percent of product: whole corn, vegetable oil (corn, soybean, and/or sunflower oil), salt, cheddar cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), maltodextrin, whey, monosodium glutamate, buttermilk solids, romano cheese (part skim cow’s milk, cheese cultures, and salt.”¹ – how tasty does that sound?
Your Excess Weight Is Not Your Fault
You are not weak-willed or lazy.
Next time you wonder why you can’t lose weight, stop berating yourself as if you can easily fight your culture without the right tools.
You grew up on processed food, and therein lies the problem.
Food companies spend billions of dollars every year researching how to make the most addictive products and then marketing them to you non-stop.
As soon as you find some real foods that you enjoy, and you make it a habit to fuel up on those foods, your belly fat will magically melt away.
Why Can’t I Lose Weight – Final Thoughts
Why you can’t lose weight is not rocket science.
To sum up, you can’t lose weight because you’re eating too many:
- processed foods
- fatty food
And not enough:
- real foods
- drinking water
And last but not least, not moving!
Even if you have tried a hundred diets before, do not give up.
I stood at midnight in an all-night deli scavenging for a blueberry muffin and could not see my shoes over my belly, and wanted to give up.
At the age of 55, I had been on decades of diets, with little to show for it.
But, in only 6 months, everything changed.
I am not special, the Hashi Mashi Diet Plan To Lose 20 Pounds in 3 Months is free.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to lose 20 pounds or even 75 pounds or more.
Don’t give up, check out How to Lose 20 Pounds in 3 Months Using 5 Simple Steps.
And don’t hesitate to contact me for encouragement.
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