You've been a very good girl, dieting for weeks, but you step on the scale and that number hasn't budged since your last weigh in. What gives? No worries, lovie. There are lots of reasons you're Not Losing Weight, and some of them are pretty easy fixes. So before you swear off dieting for good and slide back into your frumpy too-big sweatpants, let's review. Here are 10 reasons why you're not losing weight.
1. You're not being realistic
Let's face it: no matter how hard you try, no matter what diet you follow, you are not going to lose 20 pounds in 2 days. You have got to set realistic expectations, so you're not disappointed, thus quitting your diet. And if you quit your diet, of course, you're not losing weight.
2. You're not keeping track of all your calories
Dieting to lose weight is really a math problem, isn't it? The calories you consume must be fewer than the calories you burn, and you'll lose weight. If you're not losing weight, then maybe you're not counting your calories, and that's a very good place to start.
3. You're not sure about serving sizes
Let's try a quick experiment: grab a cereal bowl, and pour what you think is a serving size. Now measure it, and compare that against what the box says is a serving size. Chances are, you poured about two and a half servings. That's fine, as long as you're counting the calories for two and a half servings. The moral? Be aware of serving sizes, and count the calories in them accordingly.