6 Surprising Reasons Why You Still Aren’t Losing Weight

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You watch your diet, work out regularly and take 10,000 steps a day. But you still aren’t losing weight. Lots of little things could be responsible for this, many of which you would never guess. Here are six surprising reasons that work against your weight loss.

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1. You drink too much

And we’re not talking about water. Fruit juices, soft drinks and smoothies – these beverages often contain large quantities of fructose and should not be used to quench your thirst. You should also not underestimate the number of calories in alcohol1 g of alcohol contains almost as many calories as 1 g of fat (9 calories per 1 g). The consumption of high-quality fats is essential for your body and keeps you feeling full. Alcohol, on the other hand, only provides you with empty calories.   

2. You overeat after your workout

Have you just completed a sweaty 25-minute bodyweight workout and torched tons of calories? Great! Take advantage of the calories burned and don’t gain them all back again right away. We often eat more calories after a workout than we actually need. Don’t pig out after your workout, eat normally.

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3. You eat in front of the TV

Sit down for dinner with your family at the table instead of eating alone in front of the TV. People who are distracted when eating tend to eat more. They don’t notice feelings of fullness and they consume far more calories than usual. Make sure to eat mindfully – without distractions – and concentrate on chewing your food thoroughly.

4. You sleep too little

Did you know that too little shuteye promotes weight gain? If you sleep less than seven hours a night, this can increase the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin. This, in turn, will ramp up your cravings for pizza, burgers and fries, and you will feel sluggish. Therefore, make sure to get plenty of sleep.

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5. You are stressed

Stress affects your hormones and weight. If you don’t learn to relax at work and in your private life, this can lead to hunger pangs. The craving for sugar and simple carbohydrates increases, as does your calorie intake. So, what can you do about it? Look for different ways to relieve stress: running, yoga, a bubble bath or a relaxing evening with friends can help bring some peace to your day.

6. You don’t switch up your training

Variety is not only important in your diet. If you don’t switch up your workout plan, you will plateau and stop making progress. You have to constantly challenge yourself, exercise with a partner, try out new sports and incorporate supersets into your training. These burn additional calories, and you are sure to feel your muscles the next day.

Try out the new feature in the Results app: with the Workout Creator, you first select the muscle group(s) you want to work, the time you would like to train and then you receive an individualized workout for each session.

Do some of these reasons seem familiar to you? Then it is time for a change. Have fun and good luck with your weight-loss journey!

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Julia Denner Dietitian Julia is a creative cook. She is convinced that a varied diet and regular exercise are the keys to success. View all posts by Julia Denner »

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