You know what’s frustrating? When you work out, eat clean, are honest to yourself, and yet STILL you cannot lose weight! It’s weird! You’re thinking that life’s so unfair and what’s the point of all this suffering?!

Don’t give up! There are certain things you may be doing that are contributing to your plateau. I’m going to share with you 5 common, but unexpected reasons you may not be losing weight.

1. You’re not eating enough

You read that right. You may not be eating enough and therefore you’re not losing weight. Let me explain. The mentality of eating less to lose weight makes sense, but it’s actually one of the WORST things you can do! Depriving yourself increases the chances of binging later on in the day and you’ll end up eating MORE than you normally would! Not to mention, it totally messes up your metabolism. You’ll have no energy! Your body will go into starvation mode and it will hold on to the weight that you’re currently at because it thinks that it is dying. Over time you’ll find it harder and harder to lose weight or make progress in exercising. Restricting also tends to cause a continuous cycle of under and over eating, which just isn’t healthy. Instead, eat nourishing meals and snacks spaced out during the day. Give your body what it needs to continue to make progress. And also remember, being healthy is a LIFESTYLE. Your current diet needs to be something you can maintain your whole life. Please try not go under 1200 calories a day. But always consult with your doctor or dietitian.

2. You overeat on healthy food

Okay, so your problem may not be under eating, but it could be OVER eating healthy foods. Just because it’s deemed healthy doesn’t mean you can eat a crazy amount of it! Calories are still calories and if you eat too much of anything you won’t lose weight. So, you need to practice portion control! Be aware of how much food you’re putting into your body! Some foods may have more calories than you think! For example, nuts, nut butters and avocado are all super healthy, but they still have a high amount of calories per serving! I’m not saying don’t eat those foods – but instead pay attention to serving sizes and your waistline will thank you for it.

3. You’re not eating mindfully

Do you multitask when you eat? Do you eat on the go? Do you eat while you’re watching TV? It’s totally normal to eat and do a million other things at once because let’s face it, we’re busy! (Trust me, I can relate) But this tends to make us eat super fast and we may overindulge without realizing it. Being a mindful eater not only helps us listen to our hunger level, but it also lets us truly enjoy and savor each bite. (And who doesn’t want to enjoy their food, right?!) Try to sit down without distractions and only focus on eating. You may be surprised at how quickly you fill up! You owe it to yourself, your body and your health to be mindful about what and how much you eat.

4. You do too much cardio

Think you’re going to reach your goals by doing crazy amounts of cardio everyday? If so, you’re missing out on one of the most important ways to exercise – and that’s strength training! It not only sculpts lean muscles, but also boosts your metabolism so you keep burning calories longer throughout the day and night! Also, if you ONLY do cardio, your body will adjust and eventually you’ll plateau and stop seeing results. So, replace 3 of your cardio sessions with our Ballet Body Sculpture Classes and you’ll soon see the results you want! In our classes we are using your own body weight to build the strength, sculpt long lean muscles and also to create an elegant posture!

5. You aren’t surrounding yourself with supportive people

Losing weight can be challenging if you’re constantly surrounded by people who don’t support your goals. You’re more likely to cave into eating junk food and skipping workouts if everyone else around you is too. Try to tell your friends and family that it’s important for you to lose weight and reach your goals. They should respect you and who knows, maybe they’ll even learn from your healthy habits! Reaching a goal takes a positive and motivated mindset. Energy is contagious and if negative people surround you, then it can rub off on you! But DO NOT LET IT! Be stronger than that. Don’t be afraid to stay away from negativity. It’s YOUR life and YOUR journey. Do what’s best for you and surround yourself with positive influences ONLY.

There you have it – some surprisingly common reasons why you’re not losing weight! You may relate to all or some of these, but hopefully this will give you some perspective into your own fitness and eating habits! Making changes is difficult, but it starts with acknowledging where you can improve! Which one of these reasons can you relate to the most?

See you in our classes!