“Why Am I Not Losing Weight?”

Lori Boxer
Weightโ˜…Noโ˜…Moreโ„  Diet Center


“๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐š๐ฆ ๐ˆ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ?”


If asked this question, I pick up a crystal ball that I have on my credenza (not kidding).


The inevitable stage at which absolutely nothing seems to be happening happens to almost every dieter. No matter how well they seem to be following a diet, no weight is coming off.


First, know this:


๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž. ๐€๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ. ๐Ÿ’ฅ


There is no pat answer to the question of why a person stops losing. Every person has his or her own stumbling blocks, including health and medication issues or drifting off of their diet, many times without realizing it and others preferring not to acknowledge it.


๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ž๐ญ.


If youโ€™ve stalled, donโ€™t try to find comfort in a pint of Haagen Dazs or in multiple slices of pizza and garlic knots. When you hit a wall, calmness and clear-headed thinking will get you moving faster than you might think.


The calm approach is to take inventory:


๐Ÿค” Have you started any new medications recently (including hormone therapy and birth control pills)?


๐Ÿค” Any recent lifestyle changes where perhaps your usual exercise and eating routines have been disrupted? (More stress at work? At home? Not enough sleep?)


๐Ÿค” Have you gone off your planโ€”even if you think you only โ€œcheatedโ€ a little bit?


๐Ÿค” Have you slacked off on the amount of water you should be drinking?


๐Ÿค” Has more-than-usual salt crept back into your diet?


๐Ÿค” Have you eaten out more than you usually do (or would like to admit)? And โ€œeating outโ€ doesnโ€™t only mean restaurants; โ€œoutโ€ also means someone elseโ€™s home where you donโ€™t have control over ingredients and portions.


๐Ÿค” Have you gone a little crazy with your herbs, spices, miscellaneous seasonings, condiments, salad dressings and artificial sweeteners?


If after an honest assessment (notice the emphasis on the word “honest”), none of the above applies, go back to the first, most rigorous phase of your diet. More often than not, and in my experience, many people find that this is the nudge they need to move off a plateau. And this is yet another reason why keeping your daily/weekly journals faithfully is the cornerstone of successful dieting . . . because doing so facilitates going back to what you did in the past and what worked!

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