Are you trying with all your might to lose the extra weight, but it’s simply not budging? You feel like you’re doing everything “right”—exercising, watching what you eat, and even cutting back on sweets—yet you still struggle to fit into those skinny jeans (the ones that are stuffed into the back corner of your closet). What gives?
Believe it or not, eating well and exercising are only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to losing weight and feeling your very best self. While following a healthy diet and staying fit obviously has a lot to do with it, you’d be surprised by all the other factors in our lives that contribute. If you feel like you’re doing everything right but aren’t seeing results, then one (or all) of these 5 sneaky things may be getting in the way!
You’re Not Filling Up on Your “Primary Foods: When we think of food, we think of actual food: breakfast, lunch and dinner. But physical food isn’t the only thing that feeds us. We also need to take a look at all those other factors in our lives that fill us up, known as “Primary Foods” at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (where I received my health coaching training).
Take a long, hard look at all the other areas in your life: friendships, career satisfaction, romantic relationships, even spirituality. If you’re lacking in any one of these areas, you may be relying on food to fill you up. Therefore, rather than cutting back on calories or going on a new diet, you can instead focus on filling up on other areas in your life…the ones that count most.
You’re Not Relishing the Moment: Often times when we’re putting all our effort into losing weight, we lose sight of living in the moment. Our vision then becomes blurred, and we focus on the negative i.e. the fact that the number on the scale hasn’t budged.
Instead, I recommend my clients take it one day at a time. Slow down, chew your food, breathe, unplug, take a break and be easy on yourself. The more we pause and take time to look within, the more in tune with our bodies and fulfilled we become (in all aspects of our lives).
You’re Not Eating the Right Foods (For Your Body): Do a quick check-in regarding the foods you’re putting into your body, even those you consider to be “healthy.” First and foremost, are you eating real food? Yes, those crackers may be sugar-free and low cal, but are they made with real ingredients you can recognize?
Next, you want to note if you are eating the right foods for your body (not your best friend’s or your fitness idol’s). While this can take a little time, a great place to start is through food journaling, simply noting what you ate and how you feel. This way, you can learn which foods work best for your body and which you could do without.
You’re Not Drinking Enough Water: You’ll also want to do a quick inventory on the amount of water you’re drinking. As I mentioned in this post, most of us aren’t getting enough! Not only does water keep you hydrated and help all your organs function properly, but it can curb cravings and control your hunger as well. Get in the habit of drinking 8 oz. right upon waking, and then fill up a reusable water bottle throughout the day. Do whatever it takes to remind yourself to drink up!
You’re Not Having Enough Fun: If you’re too busy following a strict diet, counting calories or obsessing over the scale, you’re likely missing out on all the fun. And really, what’s the point in that? Adding more playtime into your life prevents you from feeling bored, stressed or eating your feelings in food! Make the time every day for those activities that make you feel fulfilled.
Do you struggle to lose the weight, even though you’re doing all the right things? I’d love to invite you for a free 15-minute breakthrough session to find out what’s holding you back and help you to move forward once and for all.