1. You’re lapsing into Chronic cardio. When you stay above 75% of your maximum heart rate for extended periods of time, you’re burning glycogen. Your body in turn craves even more sugar to replenish the lost stores, so you polish off a heap of carbs, preferably simple and fast-acting. If you’re always doing this you can gain weight, lose muscle, release more cortisol, and compromise any progress you might have made.
2. You think you’re eating healthy, buy you aren’t. You could be eating way too many products, and not enough real food.You want to eat real food. Diet soda, plates of pure fiber in the shape of noodles, and loaves of 1g net carb “bread” do not comprise a primal eating plan. You’re just feeding an addiction and consuming empty calories. Do what you can to eat real food. Things that are grown, and unrefined. Eat things with few ingredients.
3.You’re adding muscle. Don’t get too hung up on the scales. Scales never tell the whole story. They don’t tell you if you’re adding lean mass. If you’re feeling good but failing to see any improvements register on the scale’s measurements, it’s most likely extra muscle and stronger bone from resistance training. You wouldn’t know that just from the bathroom scale. If you absolutely need objective records of your progress, get a body fat percentage test (although these might not even tell the whole story) or try measuring your waist.
4. You’re just consuming too many calories. A lot of times we’re eating healthy, we’ve cut sugar out, we’re snacking on nuts, and eating real foods. But by the end of the day, if there isn’t a calorie deficit we just won’t lose weight. If you do a good 30 minute workout, you’ve burnt about 300 calories. Those calories can easily be eaten again if we aren’t paying close attention.
5. You’re expecting results too quickly. You might feel like you should be seeing results more drastically, or quicker than you actually are. You might not see weight loss on the scale one week, but your clothes fit looser. Most weight loss takes time, and being healthy is a lifestyle. So don’t get discouraged weighing yourself everyday, and not seeing the results you wish for each day.
6. Your fibbing a little when you keep track of what you’ve eaten. This is my worst one! I don’t count EVERYTHING I eat, just almost everything. Or I’ll estimate the calories a little low. This will really add up. Make sure you count everything, and accurately.
7. You’re not drinking enough water. You’re body will retain water if it’s not getting enough. If you drink adequate water, you’re body is more likely to let go of the excess.