3 Surprising Things Slowing Weight Loss

Is the scale stuck?

Is the scale stuck? Do you feel like you are doing everything right but not seeing the results that you want? It’s actually very common among women trying to lose weight. They are working hard and are focused, disciplined, and serious about their health, yet they aren’t seeing the results they want to see.

These are the top 3 reasons why ladies in my online support groups find themselves in a weight loss plateau.

Not Eating Enough

When you eat a clean, healthy diet, the body requires a surprisingly large amount of food. If you are obsessively counting calories so that you hit your calorie target, you may not be getting enough food to fuel weight loss. You should never drop below 1200 calories (NET) a day, but many of us should be well above that number for healthy weight loss. This is especially true if you are working out intensely. Take two weeks and increase your calorie intake by 200 HEALTHY calories a day and see what happens.

Sleep Deprivation

It doesn’t matter how perfect your diet is or how intense your workouts are, if you are sleep deprived your weight loss will stall. The body requires adequate sleep to function properly – that functionality includes weight loss. Lack of sleep also makes proper nutrition extremely difficult. I really don’t feel like a chicken breast and brussel sprouts when I’m running on 4 hours of sleep – I would rather have a cheese burger! If you’re a mom, this can be the most challenging part of losing weight. Do the best you can and at least be aware that it affects weight loss.

Lack of Weight Training

If you are nearing your goal weight and feel stuck, you may need to either lift heavier weights or START weight lifting. Strength training will not make you bulky. Women generally do not have enough testosterone to bulk up from lifting. It will build muscle mass, prevent injury, and keep you strong. Without weight lifting you’re going to have the same shape body even at a smaller size. To change the SHAPE of your body, you have to have weight lifting in your life. Think of it as a toner bicep taking away from post-baby belly fat.

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

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