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Sep 6

Seven reasons you’re not losing weight – The South African

Lets start off by saying this aint no body shaming weightloss ra-ra. If you love your body, then you do you, boo. If, however, youre looking to shed a few kilos, then keep reading.

Hunger comes knocking pretending to be hunger when its actually something else far too often. Listening to your body is a very good idea, but dont be fooled by it.

Youll be amazed at how easy it easy to confuse boredom and hunger and how quickly these calories add up with you forgetting that you consumed them.

Learn to distinguish between hunger and boredom.How to do that is a post all on its own, but heres a rule of thumb: are you so hungry that youd eat an apple? If not, then postpone that doughnut. If yes, then eat an apple.

You might be diligently tallying all your calories into MyFitnessPal, but are you remembering to add the full cream milk, the cream on top of your latte, your soft drink, fruit juice and your booze?

Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been shown to have an impact on weight. Some studies even suggest that those of us who are constantly stressed will most likely weigh more. Never heard a better reason for Netflix and chill.

Reason 4: Youre trusting the scale too much

If youre obsessed with the scale, stop it. If youre exercising regularly, your fat is likely being replaced with muscle. The scale might not change, but the way your clothes fit will. Measuring centimetres and body fat percentage is a far better indicator of your weight-loss progress.

In line with drinking your calories, dont be fooled by health drinks. Vitamin water? Yeah, more like sugar water. While there is a zero calorie variety, some bottles contain over 100 calories with a large chunk of that coming from carbs. The same goes for all those fruit juicies and smoothies youre guzzling down.

Look, this one can be an easy excuse for some of us. But, if you really are doing everything right, you might have a medical condition like hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or sleep apnea that makes it difficult for you to lose weight. There are also some medications that can make dropping those extra kilos a bit more difficult.

Healthy weightloss does not happen overnight. You didnt gain all that weight overnight, so why should it disappear just like that? Be patient. Be persistent and dont get disheartened. There is no quick fix. Also, lets get real:

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