Summer is around the corner, and some of us still want to lose those last few pounds of “winter weight.” Despite calorie restricted dieting and increased physical activity, the pounds don’t always come off easily. Instead of giving up in despair, consider the following reasons why you may not be seeing results.
Overcompensating with exercise
Dripping with sweat, you may feel a small sense of victory as you step off of the treadmill. So now that you’ve burned 450 calories, you can at least have a bag of chips which is only 130 calories right? Wrong. The body doesn’t work tit for tat, and calories burned doesn’t translate to calories eaten exactly. Nutritious foods can be used as fuel for the body more efficiently than junk foods lacking nutrients, which will be stored as fat. Post workout lean proteins and wholesome carbohydrates will be used for muscle repair and recovery while your metabolism is still revving from your workout.
Eating too much healthy food
Healthy calories are still calories. It’s counterproductive to replace your ice cream sundae with a cup of high calorie “healthy” trail mix. In order to lose weight, there must be a calorie deficit. Popular “diet foods” such as protein bars used to replace less healthy foods can be helpful aids for weight loss, but they should not be eaten in excess. Take note, protein bars that have close to 200 calories and over 10g of protein are a complete meal and should not be eaten in addition to a sit-down meal.