When you’re looking to lose body fat, one of the main tips that you’re told to follow is to eat less.
After all, it makes sense that if you eat less food, you’ll take in less calories and you’re bound to lose weight right? It’s basic logic, yet for many people even when they cut down what they are eating, their body just doesn’t seem to want to let go of that excess fat.
If this is something you’re experiencing, there could be a number of reasons behind it.
Below you’ll discover the top 4 unusual reasons your body might be hanging on to your body fat.
1. You might be experiencing water retention
Water retention is especially common with women. If you cut down on the calories, you will lose body fat.
However, this isn’t always shown on the scale. That’s because each day your body works hard to get rid of sodium and food from the past few days.
This is why when you weigh yourself every day, you’ll notice your weight goes up and down pretty frequently. What you need to remember is the scales don’t always reflect the weight you are losing; it could be simple water weight that you are seeing.
2. You may not realize you are overeating
It’s easy to mistakenly think that by switching to healthier foods you will instantly lose weight.
However, it is still possible to overeat even if you’re just sticking to lettuce and grilled chicken. The key is to count your calories. That is the only way you will know if you are truly overeating.
3. You don’t use food scales
One of the main reasons you don’t often realize you are overeating is because you aren’t using food scales.
It is surprisingly easy to underestimate how many calories you are taking in each day. For example, if you’ve switched to eating protein, you may assume that the grilled chicken you’re about to eat is three or possibly four ounces. However, without scales you could be consuming eight or even nine ounces.
Food scales ensure you get the right portions and you’ll soon start to notice weight loss if you get in the habit of weighing your food.
4. You think you are burning more calories than you actually are
It’s not just food portions you can get drastically wrong.
When it comes to exercise, it is also easy to be a little too optimistic about how many calories you are burning.
A lot of fitness apps out there are partially to blame for this. You input how much exercise you have done and they inform you how many calories you have burned. If yours say that a 20 minute walk managed to burn 300 calories then it’s lying!
If you do plan on using a tracking app, make sure you choose one that seems realistic. You should also stick to just one tracker as they will all say the same thing. If you follow the same app, you will be able to track your progress and see how you are getting on with your calorie intake and exercise goals each day.
Overall the way to ensure you are losing body fat is to log everything you eat and the exercise that you do each day.
By tracking your calorie intake and having a good idea of how many calories you are realistically burning, you will be able to see exactly what you need to do to ensure you lose that additional weight. It’s simply a matter of persistence and organisation.