Why Weight Loss Program Not           Working For Some People

If you are following a weight loss program and still not losing weight it can be easy to throw in the towel. If you've been starving yourself to within an inch of your life, counted every calorie which has passed your lips for the fast three weeks and still can't fasten your buttons then read on - you could be making some of these common weight loss mistakes.

Even people who are "on a strict diet" may be eating more calories than they imagine. There's often a pretty wide gap in our misconceptions of what we eat in a day and what actually passes our lips. Instead of going "on a diet" it's more important to look at our eating habits and see which ones are the most likely to pile on the pounds or prevent us from losing them.

A tablespoon of butter can add 102 calories to your food intake (USDA), a single tablespoon of some salad dressings equate to between 70 and 100 extra calories and the smallest bag of chips with your lunchtime salad can add on more than 150 calories. Other common traps people fall into include nibbling food while cooking, finishing off a kids dinner plate and sipping an extra glass of wine at dinner.

Calories add up easily you know, but can also be subtracted with just a little fore-thought.Are you falling into any of these other common mistakes?

  • Eating Too Quickly - there are no prizes for finishing first. Rather than scoffing your plate down as quickly as you can sit back, relax and enjoy every mouthful. This will not only help you to savor the food you eat but also give your body the time to send out the appropriate signals when you are full - and when you are full it's time to stop eating.

      According to Harvard School of Public Health, "Appetite is             complex, and dieting is a challenge. Even so, people who are           trying to lose weight may want to start by chewing more slowly.         In that way, they allow themselves enough time to experience           pleasure and satiety."

  • Skipping Meals - this is a common mistake which many people fall into when they are trying to lose weight, particularly breakfast. People who skip breakfast are prone to being heavier than those who always eat breakfast. Always start the day with a healthy breakfast and eat at least three meals per day. People who don't follow this regime generally end up eating more calories over the course of the day.
  • Liquid Calories - many people don't realize or "forget" to count drinks as calories. Drinks can help to contribute to weight gain and prevent you from losing weight, even if you are following an otherwise healthy eating program. Stick to drinks like water, vegetable juices and skimmed milk instead of alcohol, coffee (with lots of sugar and cream) and even diet soda.
  • Portion Sizes - portion sizes have increased in restaurants and we now think that this is "normal" in our homes. One way to limit your portion sizes is to use smaller plates, leave a few bits of food on your plate and check the sizes of your portions using measuring cups from time to time to see if they have grown.

These are just a few of the mistakes which some people make when they are trying to lose weight - and the reasons that they have little or no success.



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USDA (n.d.) Calories of Butter. Retrieved on January 8, 2015 from http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/

MacDonald, A., Contributor, Harvard Health (October 19, 2010) Why eating slowly may help you feel full faster. Retrieved on January 8, 2015 from http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/why-eating-slow...

Disclaimer: All of the information stated here is not intended to replace a professional advice of a dietitian, fitness expert, or any expert specializing on this field. Consult one if you have questions about your weight loss program.