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20 causes that block weight 

lossIt is common to manage to lose a lot of weight at first, without much effort. However, weight loss can slow or outright s' stop , and rather quickly.

Icelandic nutritionist Krist Gunnars reports 20 frequent reasons for this phenomenon on his website. 
You will also find below her valuable advice for breaking through the glass ceiling and continuing to make progress.

1) Maybe you are losing weight without noticing

If you feel like you've hit a glass ceiling and can't lose more weight, maybe you just need to relax .
It is extremely common for the balance to stabilize for a few days (or weeks). This does NOT mean that you have stopped losing fat.
Body weight tends to fluctuate a few pounds at a time. It depends on your diet and your hormones, which have a powerful effect on the amount of water in your body (especially in women).
If you do sport to lose weight, it is also possible that you are gaining muscle mass. The phenomenon is particularly strong after the first sessions, when you resume regular exercise. Bones also get stronger. They become denser, and therefore also heavier.
These are good thing s because the goal is to lose fat, not just weight.
It is therefore advisable not only to use the scale to measure your progress. Remember to also measure your waist and thigh, and weigh yourself once a month with a scale that calculates your muscle, fat and bone content.
Another thing  : the way your clothes fit and your impression when looking at yourself in the mirror are very good indications. This can evolve favorably even when your weight is stable. It is then your body that improves.
Morality, unless you've been stuck on the same weight for at least 2 weeks, you probably don't have to worry about anything.

2) You don't save what you ate

The awareness of what we eat is extremely important when trying to lose weight. Many people have no idea what they are really eating.
Studies show that recording what you eat helps you lose weight. It's not about counting calories or even weighing your food. Before you start your plate, put everything you plan to eat on your table and take a photo with your smartphone. If you can't help but snack on meals (or if healthy snacks like carrots or a handful of almonds are part of your healthy lifestyle to lose weight), also take a picture.
Keep this habit before putting anything in your mouth, including drinks (except water) because they are caloric, sometimes very caloric (fruit juice, alcohol). They act on appetite even when they are at zero percent.
You can of course also write down what you eat in a notebook.
Studies show that the simple fact of noting or photographing what you eat makes you lose weight faster, because you follow much better what you absorb.
And if your scale does not want to go down any more, go back to the film of everything you have eaten in the past two weeks. Perhaps you will not be finally surprised if you have not lost more pounds. 1 ,  2 ).
Protein is the most important nutrient for losing weight.
Eating 20 to 30% protein can increase energy consumption by 80 to 100 calories per day; moreover, automatically, you will eat several hundred calories less per day.
It also greatly reduces cravings and the desire for junk food. 3 ,  4 ,  5 ,  6 ,  7 ).
This is explained by the effect of proteins on hormones that regulate appetite, such as ghrelin. 8 ,  9 ).
If you are used to breakfast, take the opportunity to consume a lot of protein on this occasion. The traditional English breakfast made from eggs, bacon and white beans (rich in vegetable proteins) is ideal from this point of view.
You are also guaranteed to have no hollows during the morning, and it is even likely that you will hardly want to eat at noon (traditionally, the English did not have lunch at noon, hence the habit tea at half past four: "Tea time!"). 10 )
Eating lots of protein helps prevent slowing metabolism, a common side effect of weight loss. It also helps to avoid gaining weight. 11 ,  12 ,  13 ).

4) You eat too many calories

Stagnation can have a simple cause: you just eat too many calories.
I do not recommend counting your calories for weight loss. On the other hand, it is important to have a general notion of the subject, in other words to be able to roughly estimate how many calories we eat per day.
Once a month, therefore, you can calculate for 3 days the number of calories you have eaten. You will have the intuition of what you have to stick to the rest of the time. There are many free calorie calculators online on the Internet.

5) You don't eat healthy

The quality of the food is as important as the quantity.
Eating healthy improves health and regulates appetite. Healthy foods tend to fill up faster than junk food, with the same calories.
Remember that many industrial products labeled "organic" are not healthy.
Try to put on your plate only simple foods and as close as possible to their original form.

6) You are not using your muscles

It is important to work your muscles in one way or another, otherwise your diet will make you lose your precious muscle mass, at the same time as you lose your excess fat. 17 )
Strength training, in particular, prevents slowing down of the metabolism, and ensures that your body is really healthy ( 18 ).

7) You crack too often (even on healthy foods)

When dieting, it is common to want to "crack", which is to eat very quickly large amounts of food, much greater than the body needs.
This is an important problem. The worst is to "crack" on unhealthy foods (chips, Nutella) but cracking on nuts, almonds, cheese or dark chocolate is also terrible.
A single bulimia session can ruin an entire week of well-balanced effort.

8) You don't have endurance

Endurance sports have gained a bad name in recent years, but walking, swimming and running are still the most effective ways to lose visceral fat.
Visceral fat is that which accumulates in the belly, around the organs of the abdomen. It is the most dangerous, the most unhealthy. Getting rid of it is one of the most effective ways to improve your health ( 19 ,  20 ).

9) You still drink sugar

Sugary drinks are the worst food to get fat in our stores. Our brains don't respond to the calories in sugary drinks to make us eat less of other foods. 21 ,  22 ).
This is not only true of sugary drinks like Coca or Orangina. This also applies to energy and vitamin drinks like Vitaminwater which are packed with sugar.
Even fruit juices are a problem. They should never be consumed in large quantities. A single glass contains as much sugar as several fruits (unless you squeeze only one orange, or one apple, which doesn't do much to drink).

10) You don't sleep well

Sleeping poorly deprives you of energy. The body and the brain then seek to compensate by providing additional calories, especially in the form of sugar.
Good sleep is one of the most important things to look for for your physical and mental health, as well as for your figure.
Studies show that poor sleep is one of the main risk factors for obesity. Adults and children who sleep poorly have 55% and 89% additional risk of becoming obese, respectively. 23 ).

11) You have not reduced carbohydrates enough

If you have a lot of weight to lose, or if you have metabolic problems like diabetes or pre-diabetes, then you should consider a low-carb diet.
In short-term studies, this type of diet has shown to lose two to three times more weight than the conventional low-fat diet that is generally recommended ( 24 ,  25 ).

12) you eat too often

It is a myth that many, but light, meals should be eaten during the day to speed up the metabolism and lose weight.
Studies actually show that the frequency of meals has little or no effect in burning fat or losing weight.
30 ,  31 ).
It is also complicated and time consuming to prepare and eat food constantly. This makes the art of healthy eating much more complicated.
On the contrary, intermittent fasting is an extremely effective method of losing weight. The time saved is astonishing, having neither to prepare, nor to eat, nor to clean one's meal. This is to avoid eating for specific periods ranging from 15 to 24 hours or more. You can find information about this in this letter on fasting .

13) you are not drinking enough water

Drinking water can help you lose weight.
In a twelve-week study, people who drank half a liter of water half an hour before each meal lost 44% more weight than others. 32 ).
Drinking water has also been shown to increase the amount of calories by 24-30% over an hour and a half. 33 ,  34 ).

14) You drink too much alcohol

If you like alcohol and want to lose weight, it is better to drink brandy mixed with a non-caloric drink. Beer, wine and sugary alcoholic beverages are very high in calories.
The cocktails are the worst of all.
Also remember that alcohol itself contains 7 calories per gram, which is huge.
That said, studies on alcohol and weight are contradictory. Moderate drinking seems not to be a problem, while alcoholism and heavy alcohol consumption are correlated with weight gain. ( 35 ).

15) You don't eat mindfully

A technique called "mindful eating" could be one of the most powerful tools in the world for losing weight.
This involves stopping, sitting at the table, meditating for at least 30 seconds before you start eating, savoring each bite, while listening to the natural signs that tell your brain that you have enough eaten.
Many studies have shown that eating mindfully can lead to significant weight loss ( 36 ,  37 ) and reduce bouts of binge eating ( 38 ,  39 ).
Here are some tips for mindful eating:
  • Eat zero distractions, just you and your food, sitting at a table;
  • Eat gently and chew carefully. Try to become aware of colors, smells and textures;
  • When you feel the signals of satiety, drink a full glass of water and stop eating.

16) You have a medical problem that makes it difficult

Certain medical conditions can influence weight gain and make it much more difficult to lose weight.
This includes hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, and sleep apnea.
Certain medications also make it harder to lose weight, or can even make you fat.
If you think you are, discuss the issue with your doctor.

17) you're addicted to junk food

According to a 2014 study, about 19.9% ​​of people meet the criterion of junk food addiction. 40 ).
People with this junk food problem are in a situation similar to drug addicts. 41 ).
If you are addicted to junk food, eating less or changing your diet may seem absolutely impossible. In this case, get help (Naturally Slimming program).

18) You have been too private for too long

It is not necessarily a good idea to go on a diet for too long.
If you've lost weight for several months at a time and you've hit a glass ceiling, then maybe you just need a break.
Increase your calorie intake by a few hundred a day, get more sleep, and do some strength training to gain strength and gain a little more muscle.
Aim to maintain your body fat for one to two months before you start trying to lose weight again.

19) Your expectations are unrealistic

Losing weight is usually a much slower process than most people think.
Although it is often possible to lose a lot of weight at first, very few people continue to lose weight at the rate of 0.5 to 1 kg per week.
Another major problem is that many people have unrealistic expectations about what it is possible to achieve with a healthy diet and exercise.
The point is, not everyone can look like a model or a bodybuilder.
The photos you see in magazines and on posters are almost always enhanced with Photoshop - nobody literally looks like that.
If you've already lost weight and feel good about yourself, but the scales don't seem to be moving any further, maybe you should start working on accepting your body as it is.
There is a point where your weight will reach a level which corresponds to the comfort zone of your body. Trying to go beyond it is not worth it, and may even be impossible for you.

20) you are too obsessed with the diet

Diets almost never work in the long run. Either way, studies actually show that people who go on a diet gain more weight in the long run. 42 ).
Rather than approaching the problem from a diet perspective, your first goal might be to become a happier, healthier, and fitter person.
Work to nourish your body rather than inflict deprivation on it, and make weight loss a natural (and welcome) side effect!
When you lose weight, your body defends itself.
It is common to manage to lose a lot of weight at first, without much effort. However, weight loss can slow or outright s' stop , and rather quickly.
Icelandic nutritionist Krist Gunnars reports 20 frequent reasons for this phenomenon on his website. [1]
You will also find below her valuable advice for breaking through the glass ceiling and continuing to make progress.

1) Maybe you are losing weight without noticing

If you feel like you've hit a glass ceiling and can't lose more weight, maybe you just need to relax .
It is extremely common for the balance to stabilize for a few days (or weeks). This does NOT mean that you have stopped losing fat.
Body weight tends to fluctuate a few pounds at a time. It depends on your diet and your hormones, which have a powerful effect on the amount of water in your body (especially in women).
If you do sport to lose weight, it is also possible that you are gaining muscle mass. The phenomenon is particularly strong after the first sessions, when you resume regular exercise. Bones also get stronger. They become denser, and therefore also heavier.
These are good thing s because the goal is to lose fat, not just weight.
It is therefore advisable not only to use the scale to measure your progress. Remember to also measure your waist and thigh, and weigh yourself once a month with a scale that calculates your muscle, fat and bone content.
Another thing  : the way your clothes fit and your impression when looking at yourself in the mirror are very good indications. This can evolve favorably even when your weight is stable. It is then your body that improves.
Morality, unless you've been stuck on the same weight for at least 2 weeks, you probably don't have to worry about anything.

2) You don't save what you ate

The awareness of what we eat is extremely important when trying to lose weight. Many people have no idea what they are really eating.
Studies show that recording what you eat helps you lose weight. It's not about counting calories or even weighing your food. Before you start your plate, put everything you plan to eat on your table and take a photo with your smartphone. If you can't help but snack on meals (or if healthy snacks like carrots or a handful of almonds are part of your healthy lifestyle to lose weight), also take a picture.
Keep this habit before putting anything in your mouth, including drinks (except water) because they are caloric, sometimes very caloric (fruit juice, alcohol). They act on appetite even when they are at zero percent.
You can of course also write down what you eat in a notebook.
Studies show that the simple fact of noting or photographing what you eat makes you lose weight faster, because you follow much better what you absorb.
And if your scale does not want to go down any more, go back to the film of everything you have eaten in the past two weeks. Perhaps you will not be finally surprised if you have not lost more pounds. 1 ,  2 ).
Eating 20 to 30% protein can increase energy consumption by 80 to 100 calories per day; moreover, automatically, you will eat several hundred calories less per day.
It also greatly reduces cravings and the desire for junk food. 3 ,  4 ,  5 ,  6 ,  7 ).
This is explained by the effect of proteins on hormones that regulate appetite, such as ghrelin. 8 ,  9 ).
If you are used to breakfast, take the opportunity to consume a lot of protein on this occasion. The traditional English breakfast made from eggs, bacon and white beans (rich in vegetable proteins) is ideal from this point of view.
You are also guaranteed to have no hollows during the morning, and it is even likely that you will hardly want to eat at noon (traditionally, the English did not have lunch at noon, hence the habit tea at half past four: "Tea time!"). 10 )
Eating lots of protein helps prevent slowing metabolism, a common side effect of weight loss. It also helps to avoid gaining weight. 11 ,  12 ,  13 ).

4) You eat too many calories

Stagnation can have a simple cause: you just eat too many calories.
I do not recommend counting your calories for weight loss. On the other hand, it is important to have a general notion of the subject, in other words to be able to roughly estimate how many calories we eat per day.
Once a month, therefore, you can calculate for 3 days the number of calories you have eaten. You will have the intuition of what you have to stick to the rest of the time. There are many free calorie calculators online on the Internet.

5) You don't eat healthy

The quality of the food is as important as the quantity.
Eating healthy improves health and regulates appetite. Healthy foods tend to fill up faster than junk food, with the same calories.
Remember that many industrial products labeled "organic" are not healthy.
Try to put on your plate only simple foods and as close as possible to their original form.

6) You are not using your muscles

It is important to work your muscles in one way or another, otherwise your diet will make you lose your precious muscle mass, at the same time as you lose your excess fat. 17 )
Strength training, in particular, prevents slowing down of the metabolism, and ensures that your body is really healthy ( 18 ).

7) You crack too often (even on healthy foods)

When dieting, it is common to want to "crack", which is to eat very quickly large amounts of food, much greater than the body needs.
This is an important problem. The worst is to "crack" on unhealthy foods (chips, Nutella) but cracking on nuts, almonds, cheese or dark chocolate is also terrible.
A single bulimia session can ruin an entire week of well-balanced effort.

8) You don't have endurance

Endurance sports have gained a bad name in recent years, but walking, swimming and running are still the most effective ways to lose visceral fat.
Visceral fat is that which accumulates in the belly, around the organs of the abdomen. It is the most dangerous, the most unhealthy. Getting rid of it is one of the most effective ways to improve your health ( 19 ,  20 ).

9) You still drink sugar

Sugary drinks are the worst food to get fat in our stores. Our brains don't respond to the calories in sugary drinks to make us eat less of other foods. 21 ,  22 ).
This is not only true of sugary drinks like Coca or Orangina. This also applies to energy and vitamin drinks like Vitaminwater which are packed with sugar.
Even fruit juices are a problem. They should never be consumed in large quantities. A single glass contains as much sugar as several fruits (unless you squeeze only one orange, or one apple, which doesn't do much to drink).

10) You don't sleep well

Sleeping poorly deprives you of energy. The body and the brain then seek to compensate by providing additional calories, especially in the form of sugar.
Good sleep is one of the most important things to look for for your physical and mental health, as well as for your figure.
Studies show that poor sleep is one of the main risk factors for obesity. Adults and children who sleep poorly have 55% and 89% additional risk of becoming obese, respectively. 23 ).

11) You have not reduced carbohydrates enough

If you have a lot of weight to lose, or if you have metabolic problems like diabetes or pre-diabetes, then you should consider a low-carb diet.
In short-term studies, this type of diet has shown to lose two to three times more weight than the conventional low-fat diet that is generally recommended ( 24 ,  25 ).

12) you eat too often

It is a myth that many, but light, meals should be eaten during the day to speed up the metabolism and lose weight.
Studies actually show that the frequency of meals has little or no effect in burning fat or losing weight.
30 ,  31 ).
It is also complicated and time consuming to prepare and eat food constantly. This makes the art of healthy eating much more complicated.
On the contrary, intermittent fasting is an extremely effective method of losing weight. The time saved is astonishing, having neither to prepare, nor to eat, nor to clean one's meal. This is to avoid eating for specific periods ranging from 15 to 24 hours or more. You can find information about this in this letter on fasting .

13) you are not drinking enough water

Drinking water can help you lose weight.
In a twelve-week study, people who drank half a liter of water half an hour before each meal lost 44% more weight than others. 32 ).
Drinking water has also been shown to increase the amount of calories by 24-30% over an hour and a half. 33 ,  34 ).

14) You drink too much alcohol

If you like alcohol and want to lose weight, it is better to drink brandy mixed with a non-caloric drink. Beer, wine and sugary alcoholic beverages are very high in calories.
The cocktails are the worst of all.
Also remember that alcohol itself contains 7 calories per gram, which is huge.
That said, studies on alcohol and weight are contradictory. Moderate drinking seems not to be a problem, while alcoholism and heavy alcohol consumption are correlated with weight gain. ( 35 ).

15) You don't eat mindfully

A technique called "mindful eating" could be one of the most powerful tools in the world for losing weight.
This involves stopping, sitting at the table, meditating for at least 30 seconds before you start eating, savoring each bite, while listening to the natural signs that tell your brain that you have enough eaten.
Many studies have shown that eating mindfully can lead to significant weight loss ( 36 ,  37 ) and reduce bouts of binge eating ( 38 ,  39 ).
Here are some tips for mindful eating:
  • Eat zero distractions, just you and your food, sitting at a table;
  • Eat gently and chew carefully. Try to become aware of colors, smells and textures;
  • When you feel the signals of satiety, drink a full glass of water and stop eating.

16) You have a medical problem that makes it difficult

Certain medical conditions can influence weight gain and make it much more difficult to lose weight.
This includes hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, and sleep apnea.
Certain medications also make it harder to lose weight, or can even make you fat.
If you think you are, discuss the issue with your doctor.

17) you're addicted to junk food

According to a 2014 study, about 19.9% ​​of people meet the criterion of junk food addiction. 40 ).
People with this junk food problem are in a situation similar to drug addicts. 41 ).
If you are addicted to junk food, eating less or changing your diet may seem absolutely impossible. In this case, get help (Naturally Slimming program).

18) You have been too private for too long

It is not necessarily a good idea to go on a diet for too long.
If you've lost weight for several months at a time and you've hit a glass ceiling, then maybe you just need a break.
Increase your calorie intake by a few hundred a day, get more sleep, and do some strength training to gain strength and gain a little more muscle.
Aim to maintain your body fat for one to two months before you start trying to lose weight again.

19) Your expectations are unrealistic

Losing weight is usually a much slower process than most people think.
Although it is often possible to lose a lot of weight at first, very few people continue to lose weight at the rate of 0.5 to 1 kg per week.
Another major problem is that many people have unrealistic expectations about what it is possible to achieve with a healthy diet and exercise.
The point is, not everyone can look like a model or a bodybuilder.
The photos you see in magazines and on posters are almost always enhanced with Photoshop - nobody literally looks like that.
If you've already lost weight and feel good about yourself, but the scales don't seem to be moving any further, maybe you should start working on accepting your body as it is.
There is a point where your weight will reach a level which corresponds to the comfort zone of your body. Trying to go beyond it is not worth it, and may even be impossible for you.

20) you are too obsessed with the diet

Diets almost never work in the long run. Either way, studies actually show that people who go on a diet gain more weight in the long run. 42 ).
Rather than approaching the problem from a diet perspective, your first goal might be to become a happier, healthier, and fitter person.
Work to nourish your body rather than inflict deprivation on it, and make weight loss a natural (and welcome) side effect!

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