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Why You’re Not Losing Weight on the Weight Watchers Diet

It’s not a big surprise that you’re not losing weight on the Weight Watchers diet, as you’ll see with these scientifically proven reasons diets don’t work.

Maybe instead of trying to lose weight, you can focus on accepting your body the way it is and looking thinner in the clothes you have?

“The beauty of this [not looking fat] is that it’s not just one magic piece [of clothing] that’s going to make a difference,” says Krupp, author of How to Never Look Fat Again. “You probably have most of these things in your closet. You just have to weed your closet of all the things that are making you look fatter than you are.

Here’s why you’re not losing weight on Weight Watchers….

You don’t have the right “weight loss personality” for Weight Watchers

Research shows that people doing the same amount of exercise and eating the same types of food lose different amounts of weight. If you can’t lose weight on the Weight Watchers diet, it may be because you’re just not built to lose weight that way. Maybe you need to enlist the support of a “diet and exercise buddy”  — but it’s important not to compare your food intake or caloric output to your friends, family, or famous celebrities on diet programs.

Here’s one of my favourite articles on losing weight: What is More Important When You Want to Lose Weight – Exercise or Diet?

Diets cause weight gain

“Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people,” said Traci Mann, UCLA psychology professor. She and her colleagues analyzed 31 long-term diet studies and found that up to 66% of dieters gained extra weight within four or five years. “[Dieters] would be better off not going on a diet at all. Their weight would be pretty much the same, and their bodies would not suffer the wear and tear from losing weight and gaining it all back,” said Mann. If you’re not losing weight on Weight Watchers, it’s because diets don’t work.

You can’t lose weight on Weight Watchers because you’re programmed to resist weight loss

The dreaded plateau occurs when you stop losing weight even though you’re still counting calories and exercising regularly. “There appears to be little at this stage to predict the onset, duration, and frequency of the plateau,” said Dr. Neil King of Queensland University. Though our bodies are programmed to resist weight loss, we can outlast the plateau by trying new fitness exercise programs or incorporating intervals (short, fast bursts of activity that are recently shown to be effective). This weight loss secret can help you with long-term fat loss – if you can outlast the plateau!

You’re consuming artificial sweeteners

In a recent study at Purdue University, psychologists found rats who ate yogurt sweetened with saccharin consumed more calories and gained more weight than the rats who ate yogurt and table sugar. All artificial sweeteners confuse your body’s attempt to keep track of caloric intake and don’t raise core body temperature the same way sugar does. Even for healthy women, this leads to overeating later and more difficulty burning calories. To lose weight without spending money on Weight Watchers, eat smaller portions of healthy foods.

You haven’t made it past the first three patterns of weight loss

Yale researcher Diane Berry found six patterns in maintaining weight loss. Study participants who maintained their weight loss made it to the sixth pattern. The first three patterns are: self-consciousness/unawareness of food habits, a decision to make changes, and taking control of the problem. The second three patterns are: incorporating new behaviors, a support system to reinforce change, and increased confidence and self-control. “The women who maintained their weight loss were more aware of their trigger foods, and they all exercised regularly,” said Berry. To lose weight without Weight Watchers, find a fitness exercise program that suits your personality and lifestyle.

You’re eating too much meat (vegetarian diets lead to weight loss)

Vegetarians tend to be slimmer than meat-eaters, and have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. “There is evidence that a vegan diet causes an increased calorie burn after meals, meaning plant-based foods are being used more efficiently as fuel for the body, as opposed to being stored as fat,” says Dr. Neal D. Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Vegetarian or not, the best wayis one that includes plenty of fresh, healthy foods.

To learn more about vegetarian eating, read Vegan Diet Plan – 5 Meals to Make Veganism Easy and Healthy. Don’t be scared by the term “vegan”!

You’re cheating on your diet and eating more because you’re exercising

Dr Neil King believes there are two reasons people eat more after they exercise: biology and rewards. Biologically-driven compensators are hungrier and instinctively eat more to make up for the energy they’ve used. Rewards-based compensators deliberately choose to indulge in their favorite foods. Weight loss is more difficult for both, even for healthy women. This weight loss secret for fat loss requires you to remember that you’re driven to eat more after exercise…and stop treating yourself with chocolate for doing physical activity!

You’re not losing weight on Weight Watchers because you’re eating for emotional reasons

If you eat when you’re lonely, sad, or bored you’re more likely to gain weight than if you eat for external reasons, such as a birthday party or potluck dinner. Eating smaller portions and exercising regularly won’t help you lose weight if you sabotage yourself for emotional reasons. To achieve your weight loss goals,  make sure you’re taking care of not just your physical body, but your emotional and spiritual needs, too.

Why do you think you’re not losing weight on Weight Watchers? Comments welcome below…


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