6 Sneaky Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

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1. I don't drink enough water.

Most individuals are aware of the importance of water when attempting to lose weight.

It aids in appetite suppression, so you are less likely to consume.

2. I skimp on protein.

Multiple studies indicate that initially, high-protein diets result in higher weight loss. 

This is because protein increases feelings of fullness and prevents muscle loss during fat loss. 

3. I sit most of the day.

Almost every day, I devote an hour to physical activity. In contrast, the majority of my time is spent in front of a computer. 

Research reveals, much to my dismay, that dedicated exercises cannot compensate for being sedentary the rest of the time. 

I've always considered myself a math whiz, so I assumed I had the whole calories-in, calories-out formula down.

4. My numbers are off.

Yet I was consistently working out but not losing weight.

People tend to consume more after exercising, either because they believe they've "earned it" or because they overestimate how many calories they've burned — or both. 

5. I work out regularly.

This is especially true in the beginning phases of a fitness program, when your body is adjusting to the decrease in calories consumed and the increase in calories burned. 

When I'm under pressure, I turn to food and gain weight, much like lab rodents and humans. 

6. I'm a stress case.

The stress hormone cortisol initiates the fight-or-flight response, which stimulates appetite.

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