• Jill

Why You're Not Losing Weight

Many foods, fads, diets and exercises claim to do a lot of things that they don't. Being real with yourself and checking your intake is step 1.

You've heard it a million times before: there is no secret to fast weight loss. Diet and exercise is key. You need a calorie deficit to lose weight.

So you're exercising regularly and you're eating healthy but still not shedding the pounds?

1. Be realistic about your exercise. Walking during your lunch break and doing some sit-ups before bed are great healthy habits, but it's not nearly enough to tone you or shed pounds. You need a workout plan (at least 30 min/day of steady increased fat-burning heart rate) and you need to stick to it.

2. Even if you're eating healthy foods you still need to have a handle on how much. Aside from leafy greens, you can't just eat whatever because it's "good for you".

3. Vitamins, supplements, powders, BCAAs... there is something claiming to do anything you want but chances are they haven't been tested enough to prove the results they promise, so you can't rely on them to substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Where the healthy foods are letting you down:

  • Nut Butters

  • Salad Dressing

  • Avocado and other healthy fats

  • Protein shakes

While these foods are commonly labeled as healthy or "diet" foods, it's still important to pay attention to ingredients and quantity consumed. Many store-bought salad dressings are full of added sugar and fats. Your best bet is a simple homemade dressing of oil and vinegar or simple lemon juice. Be wary of protein shakes, these should not replace meals but should also not be considered "just a drink" as they tend to be high calorie.

**As always, consult with your doctor and maybe a nutritionist to be sure you're on the right track for your individual needs.

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