Not Losing Weight in Calorie Deficit? Here’s Why.

Imagine your body is a gorgeous, sexy, eye-catching metallic blue lamborghini which, in normal condition, has the ability to run to 124 mph within just 8 seconds. 

But there’s a problem: its oil tank is leaking, its signal lights are broken, and its engine doesn’t run properly. You can press its gas pedal as hard as you want, but it may either not budge at all or run into one big and small accident after another. 

If you’re not losing weight in calorie deficit when you are trying hard to, it’s likely because your body makes you feel hunger and cravings constantly while retaining energy that’s supposed to be burnt. Following a calorie reduction diet is like manually trying to push a broken car forward. You’ll be wrestling against 5000 pounds of resistance from the weight of the car, and just pushing it one inch forward will exhaust you. 

Oftentimes the real problem is a body which is programmed to prevent solutions. And not knowing this is the reason why 98% dieters regain weight shortly after they lose it.

The truth is that once you’ve turned your body into working FOR you from working AGAINST you, the magic shifts happen on weight naturally. 

So here’s the question at the core: why is your body working against you? 

Not Losing Weight In Calorie Deficit?

There are various reasons. For the starter, let me give you five most commonly seen ones: 

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First, if you’ve been starving yourself constantly through dieting, your body may have been in the starvation mode all the time, holding onto more energy than usual because it assumes the scarcity of food coming ahead and wants to keep you alive by storing energy. 

Second, if your body has a significantly higher body fat content, unlike muscle which burns energy, fat actually attracts energy, making your body retain energy on its own.

Third, if you determine your food intake mainly or purely based on calories and have been ignoring the hunger and satisfaction senses within your body, throughout time you may not feel them anymore. Without these basic senses being active, you won’t be able to learn natural, intuitive moderation which is key to real, sustainable weight loss. Instead, you’ll rely on numbers, track the calorie amount manually meal after meal, and very likely deprive yourself more. Based on what I wrote earlier, this will further undermine your metabolism and sensitiveness to hunger and satisfaction. 

Fourth, constant dieting and the stress that diets induce can impact your digestive system, preventing your body from absorbing nutrients as efficiently as it should be. Because of this, your body’s overall performance is impacted on multiple levels — from your energy level to your immune system, digestive system, hormones, and metabolism etc. Without healing and nourishment, it can’t do its basic jobs including burning fat.

Fifth, if you’ve been overweight for a long time in your life, you could have developed chronic inflammation. This condition, as scientists have found out and unanimously agreed upon, is at the core of almost every chronic disease from heart disease to cancer. It impacts weight loss in a major way by interfering with your hormones which control your metabolism rate, feeling of satisfaction, sugar cravings, and stress level, etc. It’s natural that you aren’t burning the level of calories, have cravings all the time, feel even less satisfied, and have greater stress which creates more overeating instances. 

Simply put, when your body is working against your weight loss effort in every way, trying to lose weight without changing removing that barrier is a lost cause from the get-go. 

And a diet based on creating calorie deficits, instead of nourishing and rebalancing the body, stresses and exhausts it even more while reinforcing most of these conditions mentioned.

It keeps you working against your foundation and prime your body and its senses to keep its current status. If you find it’s been harder and harder for you to lose weight after many rounds of dieting, this is the reason. 

Meanwhile, your mind may be trained to sustain weight gain.

Remember weight loss and building a healthy relationship with food is at least 50% a mind game, and it requires psychological transformation to be made within yourself regarding your self-view and food-view: 

In general, the subconscious beliefs and thought patterns you’ve developed around food, cravings, and stress determine how you’ll use, experience, and feel about food. You probably aren’t aware of them all the time, but they really run your life in the background of our mind.

Are you obsessed with thinking about food? 

Are you dealing with excessive cravings?

Do you believe to lose weight, you have to be on some sort of food restriction plan?

Are you psychologically hardwired to weigh yourself everyday to feel secure? 

Throughout dieting, you’ve been reinforcing a thought pattern which is centered on fear and stress. I call this mindset a “dieter’s mindset” and diets have been the root cause of it. 

Having a dieter’s mindset means you can’t help but overthink about calories, every piece of chocolate you’ve had and are about to have, and every bite of pizza you missed. And because of the extreme self-deprivation, you may have been struggling with food addiction, obsession, or standing right at the verge of an eating disorder. 

This “dieter’s mindset” fuels and expands itself with the negative emotions it creates in you. I have a client’s husband telling her that “your weight and diets are literally dictating our marriage.” That’s how consuming it can be!

And one thing you definitely need to know is: 

What a “dieter’s mindset” manifests for you is a dieter’s life — with all the yo-yos, tension, anxiety, and insecurity about food being natural components of it. Is it really the kind of life you want? 

If you can see what I’m saying, it’s time to break the pattern.

Enjoying food - not losing weight in a calorie deficit, here's why

Real, sustainable weight loss is a very different experience from a diet regimen. It involves an enjoyable, body-nourishing, and mind-liberating process, and the result always matches the process through which it’s created. It makes sense since after all, you can’t create a free, happy, and confident person’s life by following the path of fear, self-sabotage, and insecurity. These are two different personas and states of being. 

So at this moment, instead of focusing on how to diet better, start thinking about how you can free yourself from this self-sabotaging pattern, and start creating weight loss results based on freedom, peace, balance, confidence, and enjoyment because these are what the Future You can have abundantly.

If you’ve read my personal weight loss story ‘How I Lost 50 Pounds Without Trying’ and seen videos and  testimonials from my clients, you’d know this is definitely doable through a transformational approach. (I talk more about it on The Ultimate Freedom Approach Page.)  

The problems you are facing may seem discouraging at this moment. However, it’s really a simple, steady calibration process to remove them — and oftentimes, it’s the small hinges that move big doors. That’s why my clients see record-breaking results in weeks without talking about weight loss in their mind or following any diet rules. 

Summary

Real, sustainable weight loss isn’t about math at all. The diet industry and shows like the Biggest Loser want us to believe that it is—but there is more to it. 

 

On one hand, it’s about your body. Is your body capable of realizing your weight loss goal at this moment or has it been constantly preventing solutions and attracting, retaining fat? 

 

What I’ve seen from my clients experience once and once again is that as soon as they’ve transformed how their bodies work on some basics, a lot of the addictive cravings are gone, a lot of the bad habits no longer persist, and a lot of the stubborn weight vanishes on its own. Everything falls in place in this natural, holistic, organic process. 

 

Actually, one thing that you may find hard to believe is that when you experience real weight loss based on these transformations, it actually happens FAST. 

 

On the other hand, is your mind making you gain weight, indulge, lose control and self-sabotage? Remember the ability to lose weight is deeply connected to our emotions, belief in ourselves, and our psychology

 

So your real barrier to losing weight sustainably isn’t the ice cream, soda, donuts, pizza, or chocolate…nor is it your presumed lack of willpower, especially when the game you play such as dieting sets you up for failure from the get-go. 

 

Instead, the real barrier for the dieters is actually the lack of clarity on what the real problems are, which keeps them working in the wrong direction for decades without achieving any real success.

 

Now I hope this article has bridged this gap in your understanding of why you’re not losing weight in calorie deficit. Ready for automatic weight loss and a liberating relationship with food in the next 60 days? Wanna learn how to stop emotional eating forever? Apply for a 1:1 call here by filling out this form here. After submitting the application, pre-select a time on the calendar that shows up the next. Once I’ve reviewed your answers and determined that we are good fits for this conversation, I will confirm the call. 

 

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Sources:

Psychology of Eating

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