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3 Reasons Your Diet Isn't Working

3 Reasons Your Diet Isn't Working

So you’ve finally started a brand new diet. You’re watching what you eat, counting calories, and working out like a madman. And yet … nothing seems to be happening. Your jeans are as tight as ever, the scale hasn’t budged, and you’re beginning to think that it’s impossible. Before you give up, take a look at these three reasons that your diet may be failing you, and what you can do about it.

You’re Not Eating Enough

While cutting calories is often the key to significant weight loss, cutting your calories too much can actually hinder your progress. Your body still needs food. And when you don’t take in enough, your body holds onto everything that you offer it. Essentially, it thinks it’s starving! To adjust for this common mistake, use an online calculator or ask a fitness professional to help you find your caloric expenditure and a proper intake for your body weight, body type, and ultimate goals.

You’re Eating Hidden Calories

On the opposite end of the spectrum, it might be possible that you’re actually eating more calories than you realize. Take a good look at your eating habits. Are you measuring your portions? No? Start today! The wrong portion size can add hundreds of calories to your daily intake. What about your drinks? Are you drinking calories? If so, switch to water, pronto. These small mistakes can really add up, so if your scale isn’t moving, reevaluate and determine of these little mishaps are happening to you.

You’re Too Stressed

Stress plays a significant and funny role in our health. When we have too much stress, it can cause weight gain or an inability to lose, as well as a whole host of other frustrating side effects. If you’re stressed to the max, find a good stress relieving activity. Go for a walk, step in a sauna, get a massage, or do some yoga. Do whatever it takes to get your stress levels under control, and you may find your diet is finally working as intended.

Losing weight is tough, but it gets a lot easier if you know what common problems to watch out for. If you’re not losing, check to see if any of these mistakes are present first, and then go from there. With some persistence, patience, and minor adjustments along the way, you’ll be sporting your dream body and better health before you know it.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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