Molly McNamee | Try This If You’re Not Losing Weight
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Try This If You’re Not Losing Weight

If you have ever actively tried to lose weight, you know it is not easy. A weight loss journey requires commitment and the tenacity to keep going when the scale doesn’t tell you what you want (which is most of the time). You have to be dedicated and very patient.

It can be hard to be all of those things, especially when you are trying to reach your goals. The journey to weight loss can be a very slow one, even if you are doing all the right things.

If your progress is slow but steady, you just keep going. This is actually the best way to lose weight. If your progress has stalled, maybe I can help. A weight loss plateau can happen for many reasons. Try making these adjustments to restart your weight loss.

Do a diet check

Trying to “eat better” will only get you so far. If you are no longer losing weight, it may be time to take a closer look at your diet. Use a diet app like MyFitnessPal to track your food intake. Record everything you eat and drink. And I mean everything. Try doing that for a couple weeks. You need to do this for a while to really see your average calorie and macronutrient intake. Now, use a calorie calculator like this one to see how many calories you should be eating to reach your goals. If you are eating more than what that calculator says, you’ve identified a possible roadblock in your weight loss journey.

Change up your workout routine

When your body stops changing, it is time to switch up your workout. If your workouts no longer feel difficult, that is a huge red flag. As you get stronger, your workouts should get stronger with you. Try adding new exercises to your gym routine. Change up your reps, sets, and rest time. Do a different form of cardio. Just try something different and see if your body responds. I have a dozen workout programs on my website that will each challenge your body in a different way. Try the Beginner’s Program if you are just getting into exercise. Try the Flat Abs Plan if you want some new core and cardio routines. There is something for everyone on MFit. I hope my workouts can help push you past your plateau. However, even if you choose not to do one of my programs, switching up your routine could get your over that hump.

Check in with your sleep

Not getting enough sleep and affect your cortisol levels in a negative way. This will impact your metabolism, blood sugar levels and overall health. Read this Shape article for more information on how sleep can impact your weight loss journey.

* If you have tried all of the above things and are still struggling, please go talk to your doctor and get some blood work done. Your weight loss struggles could very well be due to a deeper issue such as, hormone imbalance, thyroid complications, and certain diseases. If your body is telling you no, find out why!