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A Reason Why You Can't Lose Weight
 
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27-Apr-2013  
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For the past few weeks youíve been trying to exercise more, eat healthy, and overall you think youíve been doing pretty well. Until you hop on the bathroom scale and discover that you havenít lost any weight! And now panic sets in: Good Lord, Iíve got 2 months to get into that two-piece! Why arenít I losing any weight?!

Now first off, I want you to calm down girl because what youíre experiencing is pretty common. And you do still have time to make it into that two-piece- I promise! We just have to figure out what youíre doing wrong and tighten things up.

Reason:

Youíre eating back all the calories you burn
When you want to lose weight, youíll need to focus on creating a calorie deficit- which is basically an imbalance between the calories youíre eating and the calories youíre burning off. More calories out than calories in creates a calorie deficit. And sustaining this calorie deficit consistently over an extended period of time is what leads to weight loss.

Now letís say you want to lose weight- say, one pound a week. Because one pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories, it stands to reason that you should create a calorie deficit of approximately 3,500 calories per week (or a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day) to lose one pound per week. OK, so now that you know this, you confidently start your diet and exercise routine. For the first few days or weeks, youíre on top of things and keeping track of your calories in versus calories out.

But then something happens. One day you hit the gym and then you use the ĎI exercised todayí excuse to overeat later in the day. Then another day you overeat and say something like, ďIíll just work out extra hard tomorrow to burn it off.Ē Then another day you make another excuse for overeating. And now guess what youíve done? Youíve decreased your calorie deficit. And this is why youíre not losing weight.

Because youíre eating (or even drinking) back all the calories youíve burned. So the takeaway is this: Donít fall into the trap of overeating because youíve exercised (or plan to exercise later). Believe me, I know how easy it can be to rationalize having that extra bit of food after Zumba class, but donít do it ladies. Remember exercise can help you lose weight, but not when youíre eating back all the calories youíve burned.
 
 
 
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