7 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Weight

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When you first set out on your weight loss journey, you may find that it doesn’t take a lot of effort for the initial pounds to fall off. After a while, however, you may not lose weight as easily. In fact, you may stop losing weight altogether. There are numerous reasons that may be inhibiting weight loss, the most common of which are detailed below.

 

Consuming Too Much Alcohol & Sugary Drinks:

Alcohol and sugar are your enemies if you are trying to lose weight. The calories and sugar content will differ depending on the type of alcohol and what you mix it with. Mixing alcohol and soda is an absolute “no no” if you want to lose weight. Not only does alcohol and sugar slow your metabolism, but they also damage the liver. Excess sugar consumption can lead to fat storage around the midsection, so try to avoid drinking or drastically limit your consumption.

 

You Are Not Consistent With Exercise:

Whether you like it or not, exercise is an integral element of weight loss. Fitness experts recommend about an hour of physical activity each day if you are trying to lose weight. For those who take part in high-intensity workouts, 30 minutes is the target number. You don’t have to follow those rules of exercise, but it is important to be consistent and to challenge yourself every day. Don’t let the body get used to a workout regimen. Find different activities to do so that workouts are enjoyable, not stressful.

 

You Aren’t Keeping Track Of What You’re Eating:

Most people aren’t aware of how much food they actually eat. If you are trying to lose weight, keeping track of the calories, nutrients, and types of food is paramount. Research suggests that 1,500 calories a day can help you lose weight, but this number can change slightly if you are exercising a lot. Try keeping a food diary, controlling your portions, and taking pictures of your meals to know what you are putting in your body.

 

Eating Foods That The Body Doesn’t Agree With:

Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and more are becoming more popular because people are realizing that they have food sensitivities or intolerances. It may take an elimination diet to make yourself aware of which foods negatively affect your body. These aren’t the same as allergies and continuing to eat the same foods, to which you are intolerant, can cause hormonal imbalances, weight gain, acne, and more. If you eat dairy, for example, take it away for a month and see if you have an easier time losing weight.

 

You Aren’t Eating Right After Exercising:

This is a common mistake, but people want to reward themselves after working out. If you keep eating the wrong foods after exercising, the effort you exerted and calories you burned will be for naught. You’ll be on a hamster wheel until you eat the right foods after exercising. Part of losing weight is fueling the body with what it needs during the recovery period after a workout.

 

You Aren’t Sleeping Well:

A good night’s sleep has more of an effect on your body than helping you feel less groggy in the morning. Studies have shown that a poor sleep pattern is high on the list of risk factors for obesity. Adults who don’t sleep well have a 55% greater risk of becoming obese. Your metabolism can slow when you aren’t well rested, and staying up too late promotes unnecessary and unhealthy snacking.

 

You Aren’t Drinking Enough Water:

Water helps to flush waste and fat from your body via urine. Not drinking enough water can cause the body to hold onto excess fluid and fat. One study found that people who drank 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before their meals lost 44% more weight than people who didn’t drink water before eating. Sufficiently hydrating yourself works to reduce your caloric intake and increase the number of calories you burn.

 

Sources:

https://www.verywellfit.com/not-losing-weight-heres-why-1231606

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-reasons-you-are-not-losing-weight#section13

https://www.thefitimpact.com/2018/05/03/10-reasons-why-youre-not-losing-weight/

2018-10-01T14:28:14+00:00

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    Q: I am in need of cleansing my body and weight removal! (Removal and not loss because I don't want to find it again)! I need to remove about 80 pounds of unhealthy weight from my body and would like to do so in a natural way. I looked at both your Female Cleanse and the Full Body Cleanse, but don't know which is a better option for me to follow right now? I eat a lot of organic foods, I juice (some) but need to increase my water intake (A LOT). I don't drink much soda at all and when I do it is organic carbonated lemonade. I realize carbonated drinks are not good for us and limit how much I drink. My body lets me know when I have eaten something that is not good for me by causing my hands and feet to swell. To reduce this I drink water. I am allergic to wheat and try to stay away from it as much as possible. I have few ailments and have started working out again (cardio and weight training). I also looked at your weight loss products, but thought I should maybe detox first. What do you think? Any assistance you can offer on your products and which ones I should take is of great appreciation.

    A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

     

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    Q: I am 6'0 starting day 1 at 246, on day 4, I hit 236. But for 3 days I am at the same weight. Do I need to workout to lose more weight, if so what are some good workouts for my body type. Most of my weight is in the midsection.

    A:

    Hi, thanks for the question.

    Your body does not like rapid changes in weight and will fight you along the way. These are called plateaus. It's too early to panic and by the time you get this email I am pretty sure your weight will have shifted again. You cannot spot lose weight. Your body picks and chooses where it gains weight and where it loses weight. sometimes they aren't the same places.

    Working out always helps the process. Here is a blog I wrote, Three Successful Fitness Habits for Sustained Weight, on three successful habits for sustained weight loss.  

    Fitness for weight loss is interval cardio training and circuit weight training.

    Example of both would be:
    Interval training on bike.
    3 minute warmup
    30 seconds of high speed
    1 minute of recovery
    repeat for 15 minutes till 30 minutes.

    Circuit training (five rounds-1 minute rest in between rounds)
    Mountain climbers x 20
    Pushups x 20
    Squats x 20
    Bent over rows x 15
    Crunches x 25

    Without knowing your body type, sports history, and health history I cannot recommend any specific exercise. I run a highly successful internet fitness/health coaching company www.theveganeffect.com. If you would like a free consultation you can fill out the health history form on the main page and I will have one of my fitness coaches contact you.

     

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLCE

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    Q: Hey Gary here are my challenge I'm 43 been trying to lose weight, I start on a program and stop once I don't see any results. I tried the Detox I think I lost about 5 pounds, I work at night and have a part time jobs seeing private patients in the day so my sleep pattern is little maybe I get 4 hrs of sleep I'm having problems getting this weight off. I also want to mention when I do exercise my joints swell so I try to keep it low impact. I also have sweet tooth so I get these cravings here and there more so when I'm at work at night. Hopefully you can help me. Thanks....Lakeisha

    A:

    Hi, thanks for the question.

    Lets go through one thing at a time. Your overall schedule and lifestyle is not healthy and will likely sabotage your health goals. Receiving so little sleep will prevent major weight loss because your body cannot cleanse and cannot recharge. You must repay your energy debt before you can properly lose weight. Your body is always in a state of playing catch-up to the workload you are giving it. It stores fat because it doesn't have the
    energy to properly function. I understand crazy schedules but they will not get you the results you desire. I would focus on trying to find a more balanced or healthier schedule before adding the stress of losing weight to an already overworked body.

    Your body has been come toxic and inflamed from a toxic lifestyle. A high carb-high raw vegan diet will help ease your suffering the most. A high carb (fruit based) diet will help replenish your energy stores and reduce
    nutritional stress. To learn more about how a healthy vegan diet can help you reach your goals please consider the following eBooks found at Dherbs.com.

    "Go Vegan the Healthy way" or
    "Lose weight the healthy way"

    As far as your mindset is concerned an all or nothing approach rarely breeds success. Especially when it come to regaining health or losing weight. It takes time and patience. I would recommend checking out the DVD
    "fat sick and nearly dead". It's a fascinating look at how you can quickly go from a health zero to a health hero in the shortest time. Every single person on the planet has a sweet tooth. Those who say they don't usually are hopped up on caffiene or other drugs and pharmaceuticals. Every cell in the body runs on glucose. The brain eats up a small apple and a half worth of glucose every hour. Eating a high carb-lower fat diet will give you an energy abundance, reduce overall stress, and help you lose weight.

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLCE

    www.theveganeffect.com

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    Q: I want to start the raw food diet, but do not want to lose weight has i am under weight already. I need tips to gain or at least maintain my weight. I do lift weights as part of my exercise routine.

    A:

    Thanks for the question,

    Losing "weight" on a raw foods diet is a definite probability. But the weight might be excess fat and water retention due to detoxing. By weight I am assuming you are talking about muscle. It is not that complicated to keep muscle while on a raw food diet. The Vegan Effect diet program I created is 60-90 percent raw. Raw before dinner if that helps. I allow myself one cooked meal a day. For the most part the diet is a Low fat/high carb/high fruit/high alkaline diet. 

    The most important thing to remember is getting enough calories. My athletes (including raw body builders) typically eat 1000 calories of fruit for breakfast in the form of a green smoothie. Usually post workout. You need to eat roughly 3000 calories to maintain or grow muscle mass. Some of my mass building athletes eat as much as 5000 calories. Albeit at a higher fat ratio than our standard 70/10/20 carb/fat/protein ratios. 

    Please refer to my blog on building muscle ona vegan diet found here: http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach1.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2012/05/building-muscle-on-vegan-diet

    There is a raw organic food bar with 22 grams of protien that can be found here http://www.organicfoodbar.com/products/. *Note: I am not affiliated with them nor do I sell any supplements*. It is however a great bridge to meals. 

    Besides getting enough calories make sure you are getting around 20 grams of protein 5 times a day to maintain muscle mass. Sprouting beans, nut butters, seeds, and nuts help.

    I run a 6 month online health coahcing program that includes lessons on sports nutrition and include a individualized fitness plan. I am currently running a ridiculous half off special to fill spots. If you are interested visit www.theveganeffect.com and contact me there.

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: Hello, I've always heard that people can't "Spot loose" when it comes to weight, however, I've done it but don't really know what it was that cause the "spot weight" lose. My question and dilemma is: I tend to gain weight in my breast area and mid section but no where else. I am apple shaped. I know it isn't good for the heart and I want to loose mostly my breast. What would you recommend eating or not and what type of exercise would you recommend. Thank you!

    A:

    Spot losing is a myth or sorts. I'm not saying it can't happen but it's highly unlikely and completely uncontrollable. Your body picks and chooses where it gains/loses weight and they are not always in the same spots. Some people gain weight proportionately and some gain it in certain spots (hips, thighs, breasts, belly). I do get asked this question a lot from women "How do I lose weight in my gut or hip area but not in my breast?". The truth is that there is no real answer for that.  Your own spot loss was probably just luckiness and apararently exactly where you needed it to.

    As far as eating is concerned nothing causes the body to fat more than these two things. One is a high nutrient density, high alkaline, high raw, low fat, vegan diet. The other is juice fasting. Both are extremely helpful.

    Foods know and studied to cause weight loss are beans, greens, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, raw apple cider vinegar, oatmeal, and fruits and veggies. Noe of which have been conclusive in causing the body to lose fat in certain spots of the body.

    I run a highly successful health, nutrition, and fitness coaching company. I have coached many people to a vast number of health goals. Weight loss is one of my specialties. My 6 month program is designed to give people all the tools they need to reach their goals. My six month program includes lessons on weight loss, juice fasting, alkalinity, meal planning and meal timing, and also comes with a 90 day fitness plan. To see if my program is right for you fill out this health form found here (http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/forms) and claim your free first consultation.

    The best and most efficient exercises for weight loss are cardio exercises. That is however only part of the equation. Learning how to interval train is your most efficient way to burn fat. You may burn more fat at 60 percent of your maximum heart rate but if you interval train where you change your intensity and heart rate you burn more calories in less time and more fat. Also with low intensity cardio the burn effect ends when you end your training as where interval training keeps your metabolism stoked for hours after training maximizing your burn.

    Here is an example of interval training

    4:30 seconds warm up (moderate speed)

    30 seconds sprint

    4:30 seconds recovery (moderate speed)

    30 seconds sprint

    4:30 seconds recovery (moderate speed)

    Continue intervals for anywhere from 20-30 minutes

    The second best way is to do high rep, low - moderate weight exercises. Circuit training where you go from one exercise to another with as little as 30 seconds rest in between sets.

    Here is an example:

    Jumping jacks 1 minute

    Crunches 1 minute

    Pushups 1 minute

    Squats 1 minute

    3 sets of 12 alternating lunge to shoulder press

    3 sets chest press x 12

    3 sets of bent over rows x 12

    3 sets of bicep curls

    3 sets of triceps extensions

    1 minute of jump squats

    1 minute of Lunge and press

    You want to focus more on exercises that move more than one muscle. Focus on compound exercises (squats, pushups/chest press, pull-up/lat pull downs). Also focus on exercises that make you move like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, and burpees.

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT

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    Q: A friend of mine purchased the Full Body Cleanse for me but I am a little hesitant about starting the cleanse. I am afraid that I won't be able to go through with it and that maybe I am doing it for all the wrong reasons.I used to weight 140 pounds in high school, but after I went away to college stress and poor eating habits I gained 50 pounds.I have tried a few different things and when I did not notice results I stopped them. Will it be different this time? Will I actually lose weight? I was also considering trying The Female Cleanse after the Full Body Cleanse. Would that also help with weight loss?

    A:

    If you follow the diet and take the herbs as recommended you will 100% loose weight. Not only will you be expelling toxins from your system with help of the herbs but you will also be adapting to a raw vegan diet. The diet alone will help you loose weight.
    The Female Cleanse is not design for weigh loss. If weight is what you are focused on then you should perform the Weight Release Cleanse, once you have performed the Full Body Cleanse that is. Never hesitate to call us at 866-434-3727, we would be more than pleased to walk you and guide you through the process.

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    Q: I am a young lady who is trying to lose weight. I usually stabilize around 130-135. however, I would like that to be 10 pounds lighter. Whenever I get below 130 though, my body feels like it goes into binge mode. Any suggestions or herbs that can help me stop eating to so much and instead help me lose weight?

    A:

    To keep the weight off, We recommend a daily regimen of Weight Release Formula and Bowel Motion.

     

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    Q: I would like know do your WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA really help to lose weight. Also, will I be able to use this product with my medication (such as high platelets medicine)?

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    Yes the Weight Release helps you to maintain reduced weight! We don't recommend the use of herbs with drugs/medication (poisons). Herbs cancel out poisons!

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    Q: I received the herbs I ordered from you - thanks so much! I have a couple of questions about them. My husband will be taking the Adrenal Glands Complex - it says to take three capsules/day - should they be taken all at once or one at three different times? Also, for the full body cleanse: Having done detox programs before where I eat mainly fruits, juices, and salads, I am a bit concerned about losing weight. I have been a vegan for 3 three years (50-75% raw), am already at the low end of normal weight for my height (using BMI), and do not particularly want or need to lose weight. Do you have any suggestions?

    A:

    1. The Adrenal Glands Complex should be taken all at once (3 capsules at once is better) though he is free to spread the capsules out throughout the day.

    2. Your body will only lose the amount of weight that it needs do. If your body does not need to, it will not. The Cleanse only performs to restore your body to its optimal weight and state. Also, on our Full Body Cleanse, you are able to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables, and raw nuts and seeds as you wish. Have plenty of healthy fats like avocado and coconut products  for more sustenance.

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    Q: I want to get this for my mother as she is trying to lose weight and keep her sugar level and blood pressure under control and not be in any danger from taking this. Her sugar was in the 300's and we got her to keep it down between 140 and 180. She was diagnosed with Diabetes last year and is working on eating right. I will order once you answer this. Should she talk to her doctor first or can she try it first?

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    It's her choice! What can or will a doctor who has an interest in DRUGS tell her about herbs that he/she doesn't get a kickback from??????

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    Q: I would like to know if the WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA helps you lose weight and also does this supplement comes with a diet plan.

    A:

    THE WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA ONLY HELPS YOU TO MAINTAIN WEIGHT RELEASED FROM THE BODY. IT DOES NOT COME WITH A DIET LIKE THE WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN DOES.

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    Q: I recently completed the Full Body Detox, which I loved. Now, 2 months later, I am very interested in the weight release program. Last year, I lost 40 lbs in 8 months, in the most healthy way (good nutrition and exercise). This year, I slowly started gaining weight back, and 1 year later, I continue to gain weight much more quickly. I am still working out regularly, and eating well. Would you recommend the Weight Release Kit? I am looking to take off 20 lbs at the most. Is that realistic for this formula? However, I want to build muscle and strength as well. Can I maintain the results of the program with the directed nutrition plan, and add white meat for protein (chicken, turkey, tuna). I am also wondering if the formulas simply release excess weight, or can I expect to lose inches and lower my body fat percentage? Thanks for your time and dedication to natural health!

    A:

    Glad to hear about your success with the Full Body Detox!

    I would highly recommend the Weight Release Kit and Regimen. NO MEAT though! Try vegan alternatives if you must have something - but no meats!

    You will release weight (waste)! Your weight is nothing but waste!

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    Q: Good morning. I tried the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and followed the diet. I must say that I am amazed at how good I feel. Energetic and focused but alas, I only lost 3 pounds in the 3 weeks. I am 5'5 and currently at 181 pounds. My body is extremely resistant to weight loss. I have done several different types of detox including the IZO juice cleanse in the last year and had not lost weight. I don't even seem to respond to a very low calorie diet. I do have elevated liver Enzyme levels and a recent blood test showed low B6 vitamin and not proper protein digestion. I exercise 3 times a week and I eat rather health and mostly organic. Please HELP. Thanks

    A:

    This means that your body focused on another area that was of more importance than weight release. your mind wanted weight reduction but your body intelligence focused on something else. Go with the flow of the body intelligence and trust it. You apparently have an energetic block that prevents you from physically releasing weight (since you've tried other programs). Consider scheduling a consultation so we can get at the energetic/emotional root of your problem. Simply stop worrying about "losing" weight. Focus on what you desire (to see yourself in the size you desire). Don't focus on what you don't want (i.e. to lose weight).

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    Q: Thank you for your responds to my letter. The reason why I want to gain weight is for a health reason not for looks. Society has nothing to do with me gaining weight. I'm 5'11 1/2" almost 6' and my weight is 137 lbs. Now to me I'm underweight for what I used to weight in my 20s. I was 150-160 lbs then but as I'd reached my 30s and having a lot of stress weigh down on me my eating habit as well my weight decrease to 120 - 130 lbs. So as you can see I had lost about 30-40 lbs. So yes I want to gain my weight so I can be happy and healthy. I understand that "gaining weight is gaining waste" if you are doing for the society or physical appearance. But that's not what I'm looking for, I'm doing it for my health. So if there a way for me to put the weight on; do you have a suggestion. I will appreciate it if not then thank you for taking the time to read my letters.

    A:

    THE BEST WAY TO PUT THE WEIGHT BACK ON IS VIA EXERCISING (WEIGHT LIFTING), PERFORMING VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES (SEEING YOURSELF WITH THE WEIGHT ON YOU) AND PERHAPS OVEREATING GOOD VEGAN FOOD

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    Q: I have a friend who had contacted me in helping her with a sickness she has. The doctors can not find anything wrong with her, except they told her she couldn't have wheat gluten. She says she has been sick for over a year. Her weight at one time was 138, that would be a little heavy for her 5' height. But she is down to 80 lbs....and can not put any weight on. This is under weight, and unhealthy as she is a meat eater. I can certainly recommend a cleanse, and can help her with a great diet...if she is willing....But what possibly could be keeping her from gaining any weight? Any information is helpful.

    A:

    Sounds to me like your friend has a serious parasite infestational problem. Parasites could be stealing her food and nutrition. I suggest the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the PARASITE AND WORM CLEANSE AND REGIMEN.

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    Q: What can I do to get rid of rendition of water? I am losing weight but I am always bloated every morning and during the day?

    A:

    CUT OUT SODIUM ( TABLE SALT), USE SEA SALT! EAT MORE CELERY OR PARSLEY. GREAT DIURETICS! CLEANSE YOUR COLON (CONSIDER FULL BODY DETOX).

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    Q: If I follow the raw foods diet with the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, I could possibly lose 30-40lbs. Is that safe? How much could I lose if I don’t eat all raw foods??

    A:

    You will release weight to the amount you need to release weight and depending on what you eat. Raw foods are best and will give the best weight release!

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    Q: Hello I'm trying to lose weight I had a baby 8 months ago and only lost 10 pounds ever since. What are some foods I can eat to burn fat while exercising as well?

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    Hello I'm trying to lose weight i had a baby 8 months ago and only lost 10 pounds ever since. what are some foods i can eat to burn fat while exercising as well?

    Hi, thanks for the question. Here is a blog I wrote on 5 foods that ramp up your metabolism. Good luck on your journey!
    http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach1.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2012/09/qa-5-foods-that-ramp-up-your-metabolism

    -Gary Gibson HHC CPT

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    Q:

    A: The Full Body Cleanse is beneficial in more ways than just weight loss. It's a detox program that cleanses all of your major organs, boosting your energy levels and immune system. The purpose for cleansing is to eliminate waste and toxins that accumulates over the course of time. Your body has it's own intelligence. It won't allow you to lose necessary weight when you're already at the appropriate weight for your height. We recommend eating the foods in the diet that are high in fat such as avocados, almonds, sunflower seeds, pecans, pumpkin seeds and coconut.  

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    Q: Hello, I am really interested in losing weight/ inches from a healthy and safe way. For the past year I have been retaining a lot weight, but I have been doing the same activities since my freshman year. I just want to know about ordering something that is specifically for me and what t I need. Can you help me?

    A:

    Try our BOWEL MOVER, FLUID BUSTER, SUGAR BUSTER, WEIGHT RELEASE TEA.