Are you dieting but not losing weight? Have you been stuck at the same weight for a few weeks despite the fact that you seem to be doing all the “right” things? It is so frustrating when your weight loss comes to a stop even though your routine hasn’t changed much. This happens to a lot of people and is commonly referred to as a plateau — meaning a flat place.

There are a couple of different reasons why the scale isn’t budging. With a few tweaks to your routine, you’ll find that you can start losing weight again. Take a look at some of the most common reasons why you may be dieting but not losing weight:

1. You’re underestimating your calories. When you start a diet, you’re probably quite strict about counting your calories. You may even use a scale or measuring cups to make sure that you are eating the right portion size. However, as time goes on, you tend to get less rigid, eyeballing portions instead of being accurate. This could be adding extra calories without you realizing it.

2. You’re overestimating calories burned. If you’re following the calories burned guide on the exercise machine or relying on estimates from the internet, you may be overestimating how much you are burning when you work out. The only way to truly tell is with a heart rate monitor.

3. You’re not eating enough. People that are more active need more calories just to survive. If you eat too few calories, your body thinks that it’s starving and it tends to hold on to the fat. You should be eating at least 1200 calories a day. People that are larger, more active, or breastfeeding may require much more.

4. Your body is in a rut. Our bodies are made to be efficient. If you’ve been doing the same exercise routine since you started a diet, your body may have adjusted to the activity, so that it is not burning as many calories as when you first started. To remedy this, try switching to a different aerobic exercise.

If you don’t think that any of these reasons apply to you, you may want to discuss your concerns with a doctor. Be sure to keep a detailed log of your foods and activities so that your doctor can get a better idea of the whole picture and see why you are dieting but not losing weight.

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