Losing weight through dieting is not an easy endeavor. Even when you strictly follow the meal plan, sometimes you sabotage your own efforts. If you are not losing weight, and also are not cheating, then maybe you have undermined your own weight loss plan unintentionally. Here are some ways to re-start your plan in order to achieve your target weight.
Evaluate your diet plan.
Are you counting calories or counting carbohydrates? Note which program did not work for you; some people lose better counting calories while others drop the weight like stones when they limit carbohydrates.
How much are you eating?
I’m not suggesting you are overeating; I am suggesting you are starving yourself. A low calorie diet should have no less than 1,000 calories a day, and 1,200 calories is best for adequate nutritional needs. A low carbohydrate diet should have no less than 49 carbohydrates a day, and will be easier to sustain with 75 carbohydrates a day.
Are you drinking enough water?
If you are new to dieting, and not doing strenuous exercise, divide your current weight by two. That is the total number of water ounces you should drink in a day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces a day. If you are strenuously exercising, you should divide that number by ⅔. You lose water in sweat.
Are you moving more?
To achieve weight loss, you must move rather than sit. Taking 3 ten-minute brisk walks a day will boost your metabolism 3 times a day. This will help you burn calories twice, once when exercising, and again in the next few hours as your body keeps running at the new metabolic rate. If you incorporate these hints into your weight loss program, you should see a steady loss of 2.5 pounds a week. In just two months, you could be 20 pounds lighter!