Why you’re not losing weight

Friday, 19 October 2012

Why you're not losing weightBeautyHeaven have pinpointed a few reasons why you not be losing those extra kilos…

So you’ve decided that you’re finally going to lose that weight you’ve wanted to shift for ages. You’re exercising more, you’ve changed your eating habits – you’re even body brushing every day, too.

You must be looking pretty great then, right? Oh you’re not? Well there are a few reasons why all your hard work might not be paying off, but don’t you worry, as soon as you can identify them, you’ll avoid all possible weight loss mistakes and be able to achieve your goals faster! So if, you’re finding that your weight doesn’t seem to be shifting like it should, it could be because…

You’re consuming more than you’re burning

It’s important to realise that just because you’ve ‘upped’ your exercise doesn’t mean you can eat more and expect to lose weight too. It may sound quite straightforward, but you need to be working off more calories than you’re consuming. If you don’t want to change your diet too drastically, try swapping a few of your regular foods for those with less calories. It can be as simple as swapping your morning cappuccino for a lovely cup of tea.

You’re eating hidden sugars

Uh oh! Those dastardly dreaded hidden sugars, hitting you where you least expect it! Foods like (some) pasta sauces, salad dressings and breakfast cereals are known to incorporate hidden sugars, and should be eaten in moderation – or at the very least factored into your daily sugar intake. If you do opt for one of these foods, be sure to get moving that day so that the sugars don’t have the chance to turn into the bad kind of fats.

You’ve cut out all carbohydrates

As I’m sure you know, including lots of protein into your diet is a great way to get health conscious and begin the weight loss journey, but a completely carb-free diet can be counter productive. This is because carbohydrates are an essential energy source for vital organs, so cutting them out of your diet can often result in lack of energy, which means you’re less likely to exercise as intensely and burn fat as efficiently. Ditching all carbs may also mean you’re missing out on essential nutrients that help your body function properly – and a body that functions properly means a metabolism that works to its optimum! Consuming good carbohydrates (like whole grains) will allow your body to get the energy it needs without the added fat. Combining these foods into your diet with fruits, vegetables and legumes and a solid exercise routine will provide you with the best results.

You’re skipping meals

People often think that skipping meals is a great way to balance out not doing any exercise and will help them lose weight – but it can definitely backfire! Missing meals will throw your metabolism out of whack, and chances are you’ll also tend to eat more (or grab a convenient yet high-fat or high-sugar snack) later on because you’re starving. The best thing to do is keep your energy levels consistent, which will in turn keep your metabolism functioning round the clock, which aids effective weight loss. To do this, start the day with a balanced, low-GI breakfast and follow it with 4-5 portion-controlled meals throughout the day.

What are your best tips for successful weight loss?

Written by Olivia, this article originally appeared on

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Sue1N

    Skipping meals..still working on getting that right.

    4 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    Your body 70% diet and 30% gym ——– bottom line what you ea is most important .

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I think you have to do ehat works best for your body. I find that when I eat the 4-6 meals a day (even small portions), I am constantly thinking about eating

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Very informative! Am guilty of some of these

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Eating healthy is hard work, from planning to preparing but well worth the effort once in routine. I make sure I have 5 hours between meals, especially to watch my sugar levels and blood pressure. And snacks one can be very creative to include fruits etc. thanks for the tips

    5 years ago •

  1. Reigh-J

    Thanks for this great article. I’ve just decided no more diets for me,rather i’m gonna relook at my lifestyle ♥

    5 years ago •

  1. beautilicious

    i absolutely love this article… great tips. i look forward to a healthier me in summer!! nobody likes to be insulated in an already heated up south africa!!

    5 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Learned hard way that skipping meals does more damage than good..

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    My worst is skipping meals and not eating breakfast. Puts such a halt on all the other amazing changes I make ;)

    5 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    this is a great article! My problem is I cant seem to lay off the food. I am not big built but I have put on some weight and the more I tell myself to lose the more I eat the wrong food! I love the take outs and junk food! but cant seem to enjoy the “good” food!

    5 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    I have struggled with my weight my whole life :( My best tip – get moving!

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Carbs eaten in moderation can help you lose weight.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Time to keep the Metabollism up no more skipping meals, that’s why no weight loss!

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Need to follow a diet, can you help with a Vegan/ Vegetarian diet article?

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I Skip meals that’s where my bad point lies… Need to eat at regular times! Being Vegetarian I eat lots of Legumes, so that should help in place of the meat protein right?

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    there is no wining formular when it comes to weight loss, I think one has to just keep a healthy life style that works.

    5 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    wow!! thanks for this article!! Great information!

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Great tips! No to shed those unwanted weight!

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Fab article. I don’t really have any tips of my own, except to eat smaller portions. :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    This is a continuous battle for everyone!
    My best tip for weight loss is to adopt a lifestyle that allows you to easily maintain a healthy weight. I have found a “diet” that allows me to enjoy the things I want to while maintaining a healthy weight – it’s all about not depriving yourself of certain things – I crave things then and will devour a ton of stuff. If I allow myself to have anything I tend to behave myself more.

    5 years ago •

  1. Anita

    Great article. i am on a low gi diet and it seems to work.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I think for me it is hidden sugars and skipping meals :(

    5 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    All great tips but i think keeping a tab on hidden sugars and eating small portion 4-5 times are the best.Reading labels and nutrition information is a great weightloss aid.

    5 years ago •

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