Losing weight is a common goal for many people, but it can be frustrating when progress is slow. If you’re not losing weight as quickly as you’d like, there are several factors that could be contributing to this.
One reason you may not be losing weight quickly is because you’re not in a calorie deficit. To lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn. This can be achieved through a combination of reducing calorie intake and increasing physical activity. If you’re not seeing results, it’s possible that you’re not accurately tracking calories, or that you’re not burning enough through exercise despite feeling like you’re working out hard. In CrossFit a big misconception is that because workouts are intense that you will burn more calories, there are just more factors than intensity that dictate calorie burning.
Another reason you may not be losing weight fast enough is because you’re not tracking enough of a variety of variables. It’s important to keep track of your weight, body measurements, food intake, visuals & health metrics to ensure that you’re making progress towards your goals. If you’re not seeing results, it could be that you’re not tracking accurately or that you’re not giving it enough time.
But now for the likely ones that you know you just don’t want to admit.
You probably aren’t getting enough protein in your diet. Protein is important for building and repairing muscle, and it can also help you feel full and satisfied. If you’re not getting enough protein, you may be more likely to overeat or experience cravings. Without protein and muscle building, driving your basal metabolic rate up is going to be difficult and that is essential for fat loss.
Stress and lack of sleep can also impact weight loss. When you’re stressed or sleep-deprived, your body produces more cortisol, a hormone that can lead to weight gain. Additionally, lack of sleep can impact your appetite and metabolism, making it more difficult to lose weight. Stress isn’t just work related. If you’re in an unhappy relationship, living condition or have financial worries for example, this too can lead to increases in cortisol production which could lead to weight gain.
Finally, it’s important to remember that weight loss is not always linear. Your weight can fluctuate day-to-day due to factors such as water retention or hormonal changes. It’s important to focus on long-term trends and not get discouraged by short-term fluctuations. If you’re female you need to factor in that for two weeks of every month you body isn’t necessarily interested in losing weight, you can still achieve some fat loss but losing weight is going to be harder for females and should align your timeline for weight loss differently to male counterparts.
In conclusion, if you’re not losing weight as quickly as you’d like, there are several factors that could be contributing to this, such as not being in a calorie deficit, not tracking progress accurately, not getting enough protein, stress, lack of sleep, or short-term fluctuations. It’s important to be patient, stay consistent with healthy habits but what will always guarantee success is working 1:1 with a coach and that’s what we provide at Solv.
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