Losing weight is never an easy process. If you’re getting stuck and not losing weight anymore, take a moment and ask yourself some of these questions.
- Do I eat breakfast? We need fuel for the day and eating breakfast is a must.
- Am I starving myself? Eating every few hours keeps your blood sugar level and can control hunger. Eat breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and then dinner. Or split your lunch into a pre-run snack and then post-run meal.
- Am I drinking my calories? Alcohol, soda, juice, Vitamin Water, coffee, mochas…they all have calories and they ALL add up FAST.
- Do I keep track of my food? Writing down everything you eat keeps you accountable. That means logging in the 3 pieces of candy you snagged, the bite off your husband’s plate, a handful of chips before dinner…They all have calories.
- Am I eating portion sizes? This was my downfall for a long time. Not measuring, eating two or three servings of food adds up fast.
- Am I reading a book while I work out? If you can read a book or magazine or talk on the phone while working out YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. I see this at the gym all the time and it amazes me! They don’t even break a sweat and move at a snail’s pace. That doesn’t equal a workout, sorry.
- Am I eating too many calories? If you aren’t counting calories or points, you could be overeating and not even know it. Stay accountable to yourself.
- Do I eat fast food? There are very few fast food joints that offer healthy food.
- Am I eating all the food groups? Our bodies need protein and carbs, fat and veggies. Try to get a serving of each.
- Do I eat a lot of processed food? Processed food is usually high in calories and sodium (which can cause bloating and weight gain).
- Am I working out consistently? Going to the gym once a week isn’t really a work out routine. You have to commit to making changes and do it on a regular basis.
- Do I enjoy the activity I chose? If you hate running, don’t run. It’s not for everyone. I love swimming—that worked for me and I lost my weight through swimming. It was something I loved and I knew I’d stick with it!
- Have I seen my doctor? Getting a regular check up is important. Things like diabetes, thyroid issues and food allergies can halt weight loss.
- Do I take any medication? I’ve shared my story about gaining 15 pounds on Celexa. I did everything right—worked out all the time, continued to eat healthy, but while I took the meds, I kept gaining and gaining! Stopping Celexa, I lost 10 pounds almost immediately. Birth control can also be a culprit for weight gain.
- Am I eating TOO few calories? If your body goes into starvation mode, you’ll stop losing weight.
- Am I in a rut? Doing the same workout routine every day can cause weight loss plateaus. Hiring a personal trainer and beginning a weight lifting program helped me.
- Am I drinking enough water? I often times mistake hunger pains for thirst.
- Am I making excuses? Instead of complaining, why don’t we just DO IT. (Thanks, Nike. :))
QUESTION: How did you do asking yourself these questions? I know I could make some adjustments myself….
These comments were just food for thought. I don’t mean them to be judgmental in any way. I think when it comes to losing weight, one of the most important things that helps is a support system. My hope is that this blog can create a support system for people struggling. I’m not a nutritionist or a dietitian, so please see your doctor if you have concerns about why you can’t lose weight! These are just a few suggestions that helped me.