Wondering why you aren't seeing results 4 weeks after kicking off your new healthy routine? We have some tips!
So, it’s been 4 weeks since you ditched the constant snacking and excess calories, but maybe you aren’t seeing the results you thought you would by now. This could be down to a number of reasons, and although some may be obvious, you may not of thought of them until now. If you’re one of those people thinking “why am I not losing weight?” then read on to find out.
Check nutritional information
How many people can say they check the nutritional information on the back of food packets, tins and cartons before buying or eating it? It’s a good habit to get into, not only to see what ingredients are in the foods we buy but how many calories are in them too. We try to make it easy for you, with your calories and macros up front on all our packaging!
When checking the nutritional info, it’s important to check the fat, saturated fat and calorific content to make sure you aren’t going over your daily limit. If you are, look at the recommended portion sizes and you might need to use only a portion of the packet and save the rest for another day, which takes us to our next point.
You may think you’re eating “healthy” foods, but if those portion sizes start to get out of hand, it can be the undoing of all your hard work. Serving sizes and portion control can go a long way when it comes to losing weight by helping us to consume the correct amount of calories, making it just one of many great weight management tools that don’t cost a penny.
As we’re so used to over eating, it may be difficult to know the correct portion sizes for one person and how much food is needed. You may be surprised to learn just how little food we actually need on our plates to make us full. Using your hand to measure the correct portion size is a quick and easy way, as well as using specially designed portion control plates. You can read more about portion control here.
Another reason why you may not be seeing results on the scales is because of your TDEE or Total Daily Energy Expenditure. When we want to lose weight, it’s important we keep our bodies in a calorie deficit in order to do so. To do this, you need to make sure that your energy (calorie) expenditure is higher than your energy (calorie) intake.
Following the tips laid out above is a great way to do this, as well as exercising daily to burn off those extra calories. To read more about TDEE, click here.