The reasons you're not losing weight

When it comes to losing weight there are all kinds of things that can get in our way and stop us from dropping the kilos.

While most people know that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise is a great place to start, there are other things that can affect the way your body loses weight.

Cutting out

We all know that you should cut out the junk if you want to lose what’s in the truck, but it’s not always as simple as saying no to chips and chocolate.

Fruit juices – They may be natural, but they’re full of sugar which ends up turning into fat in your body. Experts say that people who cut out soft drinks and fruit juices from their diet see the kilos drop off in a matter of weeks.

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Nuts – They make a great snack thanks to their protein, but they’re packed with calories. A small handful once a day is fine, but avoid snacking on them for morning, afternoon, and post-dinner snacks.

‘Health foods’ – Many of the so-called health foods are actually chock full of calories and sugar. Muesli bars, bliss balls, smoothies, gluten-free sweets and chips are all packed with lots of calories that can add to your waistline despite their health claims.

Managing time

When you eat and exercise is nearly as important as what you eat. Doctors say it’s important to establish rhythm in your day with your meals spread out evenly across the board. Eating a balanced breakfast within the first hour of waking is best, followed by a little exercise like a brisk walk to get your metabolism pumping.

Most experts recommend eating six small meals throughout the day and eating your last meal no later than 8pm every night.

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It’s not always about cutting out particular foods, sometimes it’s about increasing other parts of your diet. Fruit and veg are a no-brainer, but there are other things to think about, too. Use more herbs and spices in your cooking as many of them (especially the spicy stuff) are natural metabolism boosters and contain plenty of anti-oxidants and nutrients.

Up your water intake to at least 1.5l per day. The more water you drink, the more hydrated and full you feel be throughout the day.

Talking to the experts

There are always other things you can do to help the process along, which your doctor or a nutritionist can help you with. Things like eating for your blood type, adjusting diets for your thyroid, and choosing exercises to suit your body type are all things an expert can help you with and that could help you shift those extra kilos.

How do you manage your weight? Do you struggle to lose weight?