Why can’t you lose fat? Here are four questions you should ask to diagnose why you are stuck, and the solutions that will help you break out of your rut.
There’s a “trapdoor” in the fat loss process that explains why you oftentimes cycle through many different approaches without results. It’s subtle enough that you don’t even recognize when you are standing on the trigger, especially if you’re trying to lose weight fast.
Here’s how it works: if you’ve ever tried to drop more than a few pounds or really change the way you look, there comes a time when you have to make a choice: continue to believe in a process that is clearly not working, or look for better options for your goals.
When you learn about theory of fat availability, it can change everything about how you understand fat loss.
You probably choose option B — correctly — but it leaves you vulnerable to the trapdoor. When you’re trying to lose weight fast, it’s easy to become frustrated by a lack of progress and go searching for alternative options that make sense. You inevitably stumble upon theories about inflammation, food allergies, not enough “good” fats, a lack of superfoods, how eating breakfast is the problem…or is it avoiding breakfast and fasting?
Behind the “Lose Weight Fast” Solutions: Seeing is Not Believing
- You don’t eat enough meals in the day to help your metabolism
- You skip breakfast, which means you don’t “turn on” your metabolism to start the day
- You don’t do intermittent fasting, which means your hormones are messed up (Yes, I wrote a book on intermittent fasting; while it’s a good technique, my thoughts on how it benefits your body have changed)
- You eat too late at night and those calories are more likely to become fat
- You eat “starchy” carbs, which are transformed into sugar
- You eat white foods, such as white rice, which make you fat
- You eat gluten or non-organic food sources, which pollute your body
Weight Loss Question #1: What is Your Body Type?
No one likes to admit it, but genetics are an important part of the weight loss equation. They can influence what diets might work best for your body (many diet plans work, so don’t buy the hype that you must follow a certain plan), as well as how you metabolize food.
Weight Loss Question #2: Are Your Being Too Patient?
The example above is a great starting point for almost anyone. But the big secret in weight loss is that one size does not fit all. And while the best nutrition plan is one that is sustainable, the doesn’t mean you can’t be aggressive with your plan. It all depends on your body and how much weight you want to lose.
Weight Loss Question #3: Is Your Post-Workout Nutrition Strategy Really Working?
Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, there was a massive upswing in the supplement industry. Suddenly, the chalky protein powders and concrete tasting bars were more palatable, and for some even enjoyable. As the supplement industry grew to a multi-billion dollar business, a-not-so-coincidental emphasis on post-workout nutrition began to take hold of nutrition research and influencemeal timing habits.
Weight Loss Question #4: Do You Put Too Much Faith in Weight Loss Calculators?
Counting calories is a great way to lose weight—with one small exception: Your calorie goal is nothing more than a guesstimate. And that has nothing with the choice of calculator you use or the foods you eat. The fact is many foods are mislabeled and your body works on a unique set of variables. (For instance, hormones like insulin can impact how you process certain foods.) So while using calorie calculators and applications may seem like a foolproof plan, you need to adjust how you eat based on your results.