Review: If you’re not losing enough weight… What went wrong?

16 Oct

I found 2 good articles sharing reasons why some of you are are not getting optimal results. I dug up these articles since it has been a month of body composition plateau for me and I thought I should share some of the favorites that I found in these articles.

From 17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight – Mark’s Daily Apple:

#1 You think you are eating healthy, but you aren’t

Does your diet consist of a massive amount of “products”? Low-carb or not, you want to eatreal food. Flagons of diet soda, plates of pure fiber in the shape of noodles, and loaves of 1g net carb “bread” do not a Primal eating plan make. You’re just feeding an addiction and consuming empty calories – sound familiar? Disregard the labels and look inside for what you know to be true: this crap isn’t food, and you shouldn’t be eating it. It’s about way more than just low-carb.

This one holds true back in the day when I haven’t done enough reading. Dairy, chocolate soy for post-workout, too much peanut sauce. Also, I speculated for a long time that I’m allergic to fish, but only came to confirming it this week.

#13 You are full of excuses

If you find yourself having mini self-contained internal arguments throughout the day (and you lose), or (even worse) lying to yourself about what you’re eating and doing, you’re probably also full of excuses. Read this, maybe twice, then follow up with this.

#15 You are not getting enough sleep

Chronic levels of sleep deprivation cause the release of cortisol, our old fat-storing friend. The biggest spike in (fat-burning, anabolic) growth hormone plasma levels occurs in deep sleep. And a recent sleep study showed that truncated sleep patterns are linked to weight gain. Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

From Primal Body|Primal Mind:
4) Believing that exercise can “make up for” unhealthy eating habits.

I could go on with this one for hours. It’s an extremely common misconception and one that allows far too many people to rationalize extremely unhealthy dietary habits. Exercise does not determine your biochemistry—diet does. It’s true that exercise (properly done) has many important health benefits. It can help improve, for instance, insulin sensitivity. This will not, however, somehow magically compensate for eating that stack of pancakes for breakfast. Although it is possible to burn off the sugar (with anaerobic exercise) it is NOT possible to burn off the insulin. Trans-fats, too, will NOT melt away and evaporate on the treadmill or stationary bike at the gym after you ate those French fries for lunch. Exercise is an ADJUNCT to a healthy diet…NOT a substitute.

For more detailed lists, hit up the original links:
17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight – Mark’s Daily Apple

Top 10 Worst Nutritional & Dietary Mistakes people make – Primal Body|Primal Mind
Additional: Reason #11 and #12 – Performance Paleo


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