The X Diet Not Working

Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

There are a number of reasons why we become overweight or obese.  Eating too much fat and not exercising is pretty straight-forward, but there are many, many more reasons why we are doing all the right things, but are not losing weight any more or can’t even start!

Here, I have documented the several main reasons why some people battle or have problems, but this list is by no means the full set of issues that put a spanner in our dieting efforts.

  1. You are more insulin resistant than you thought. This means that you have so much extra insulin in your blood that your body is in ‘storage’ mode, and is opposing fat loss, even though you’re doing everything right.The best thing to do is to first ascertain if your waist circumference is big enough to warrant us needing a blood test for you: Women: >88cm Men: >102cm. If your waist circumference is higher than these  given values, it may just be worth you clicking here for a blood test request form.You can print it out, fill in your details and head off to your nearest lab for a fasting blood glucose and insulin ration test (this is called a HOMA index, and although is controversial in terms of direct diagnosis, if gives us a good idea if your insulin is too plentiful and thus needs extra help).This test must be FASTING (try going first thing in the morning without having eaten or drunk anything from 22h00 the previous night except water). Once this is sent to me, and/or your GP, and we can have a look and see if there are issues that need extra addressing.
  2. You are eating too many High GI carbohydrates and not focusing on the Low GI carbohydrates. In people who are insulin resistant, the main battle is to lose fat, in order to reduce this problem.By eating many High GI carbohydrates (see GI list), you are stimulating your metabolic rate nicely, but you will not be losing fat effectively, because High GI carbohydrates put your body into ‘building’ mode – building lots of muscle when you eat correctly and exercise.Unfortunately, it also puts you into ‘fat-building’ mode. Although you’re not actually eating any fats to be added to your stores, your body will find it difficult to override this ‘building’ or ‘storing’ message in order to lose fat. In a nutshell, you may be gaining a bit of weight on the scale by eating predominantly High GI carbohydrates, but this will not be fat (if you are eating fat free).It will be muscle (yayyee for long-term metabolism!!) and a bit of water perhaps (not so attractive), but you need to focus predominantly on Low GI carbohydrates to effect fat loss and maintain metabolism. Check out our abbreviated list of the GI of South African carbohydrates most commonly enjoyed.
  3. Food monotony. If your food choices are the same from day to day, your body will have very little challenge. So, it will settle down into a nice little ‘rut’ with its metabolism, in much the same way as you have done with your food!Also, if the food always tastes the same (all food is steamed or boiled, or always has a tomato base) then the body will also start craving differing flavours, and you will find that not only does your interest in eating generally wane, but your body’s interest in losing fat will also slow down!Make all of your food taste different: don’t keep putting your vegetables into the same stew – keep them all separate and make each one a unique flavour experience!
  4. Exercise monotony. Doing the same kind of exercise every day will keep your body fit and healthy, as well as all of the other benefits. However, we do know that someone who has just started jogging will lose fat much faster than someone who has been running 5km per day for 5 years.You see, when we start something new and challenging, our bodies have to work much harder at adapting to this new thing. So, it works hard and this extra challenge drives the body into making changes itself, so that it can cope. Once it has learned how to do this, it can simply settle into a nice ‘equilibrium’ and no ‘alteration’ needs to occur in the body to adapt.It has already done this and has become ‘fit’ (adapted suitably to continue efficiently). When you are at this stage, change your type of exercise to something that is not easy for you and which is new for your body. This way, you will be presenting a new challenge to the body, which will cause it to have to change things to adapt, and thus lose fat again in that process.