Why can’t I lose weight? You probably can’t lose weight because you are consuming too many calories than you are burning. To lose weight you need to be in a caloric deficit which means burning more calories than you are consuming.

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To lose weight you want to be on a low caloric diet that helps to put you in a caloric deficit. Some good weight loss foods are fiber foods like fruit and vegetables. Such as apples, oranges, broccoli, spinach, bananas, strawberries, etc. The reason fiber foods are good foods to eat is because they are high in nutrients and low in calories.

Protein foods are also good weight loss foods because they fill you up and make you eat less food. Some good protein foods to eat are chicken, turkey, fish, shrimp, beef, steak, etc. Consuming protein is the essential building block to building and maintaining lean muscle mass.

Another reason you may not be losing weight is you may not be exercising enough. To lose weight you should be exercising a minimum of 3 days a week in a combination of cardiovascular and resistance training workouts.

Every decade after the age of 30 your metabolism drops 3 to 5% and this is because of lean muscle mass decline. And this is why it is important to do resistance training consistently to prevent the decline in lean muscle mass as you age.

The several types of resistance training workouts you can do are resistance band exercises, dumbbell free weights, weight-lifting machines, bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, dips, sit-ups, planks, etc.

An additional reason you may not be losing weight is you may have an inactive thyroid gland. And underactive thyroid gland can lead to weight gain from a build up of water and salt in your body.

Some other medical conditions that can affect your ability to lose weight are sleep disorders like apnea, heart disease, eating disorders like bulimia.

Taking medication can also prevent you from losing weight such as high blood pressure medication, birth control pills, depression medication, bipolar disorder medication, diabetes medication, epilepsy, etc.

Research studies show that low calorie diets that are less than 1000 calories can slow your metabolism making it difficult to lose weight. So, it is important to eat enough food that prevents your body from going into starvation mode.

Have you ever heard of the saying that you are only as good as your last workout? Well, this is true because to maintain a healthy weight or to lose weight you have to exercise regularly and consistently. The Center Disease for Control, (CDC) recommends that a healthy weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week.

The Bottom Line is one of the reasons why you are having a problem losing weight is you are probably consuming too many bad calories, or you are not exercising enough. To lose weight you must be in a caloric deficit which means burning more calories than you are consuming.

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