This time of year always gets people in trouble because they’ve often made some ridiculous New Years resolution to lose a lot of weight very quickly. It probably seemed like a good idea a month ago, but in spite of your new diet and extra workouts unfortunately it’s the same old problem, you say “I do all the right things and I still can’t lose weight.” Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Lifescript Nutrition Expert has a full ten reasons why that happens all the time.
I Do All the Right Things and I Still Can’t Lose Weight
You’re no slacker when it comes to your health: You exercise, watch what you eat, use portion control, and can resist Ben & Jerry’s without a problem. Yet the scale needle still won’t budge. Why are so many dieters destined to regain lost weight or never lose anything at all?
Here are 10 reasons your body isn’t behaving:
1. You don’t have enough muscle.
The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Fat and muscle tissues consume calories all day long whether you’re running, reading or sleeping. No matter what you’re doing, muscle rips through more calories than fat.
That’s why men burn calories a lot faster than women; they have more muscle.
What to do: Lift weights. You don’t have to get huge, but building and maintaining muscle week after week, year after year makes a difference in the long run.
Registered dietitian and certified personal trainer Marci Anderson has her clients alternate between strength exercises and heart rate-raising cardio in each session.
“That way, their strength training includes the calorie-burning effect of cardio.”
2. Genetics: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
If both parents are obese, you are much more likely to be obese, says Jill Comess, M.S., R.D., food science and nutrition program director at Norfolk State University in Virginia.
“Researchers estimate that your genes account for at least 50% – and as much as 90% – of your stored body fat,” she says.
What to do: You’re not doomed. Your weight-loss challenge is just 10%-50% greater.
“Losing even just a few pounds makes you healthier and less likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer,” Comess says. “So you don’t have to be super-slim to improve your health.”
If an overweight woman loses even 5%-10% of her total body weight, she has a greater chance of reducing or getting off her high blood pressure or other meds, she adds.
If you’ve been saying for a long time; “I do all the right things and I still can’t lose weight” Click the link in the first paragraph to read eight more reasons your weight loss may not be going so well and what to do to change things around.