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Why Am I Not Losing Weight? (The Truth About a Calorie Deficit)

Person counting calories for weight loss.

Has this scenario happened in your life? You want to lose weight and start by researching on the internet. This results in you restricting food intake and moving more to obtain a calorie deficit. You’ll see progress at first, but eventually, you’ll hit a plateau. This likely leads to you feeling like you need to drop your calories even more. Eventually, you’ll end up binge eating because you’re hungry all the time and can’t stop thinking about food.

You might find yourself wanting to tear your hair out and asking why you aren’t losing weight.

For people interested in making improvements in their habits, health coaching has become a popular choice. If you’re looking to lose weight, manage chronic symptoms, or support yourself mentally, a health coach provides support and guidance for your journey. 

Health coaches address the underlying cause of your weight issues, which is why they’re highly effective. Weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all process; it’s not as simple as being in a calorie deficit. There’s more to it than what you eat and your activity levels. 

A health coach creates a personalized diet and exercise plan for each client, instead of prescribing a standard diet culture fad. Additionally, they provide motivation, accountability, encouragement, and key resources along the way. A health coach teaches you to create sustainable lifestyle tweaks that end in long-term results.

A Calorie Deficit May Not Always Work

The weight loss model, in theory, is easy: a healthy diet, regular exercise, and maintaining a caloric deficit. However, sometimes a calorie deficit isn’t the “holy grail” of weight loss. You likely end up hungry, consumed with thoughts about food, and more likely to develop an eating disorder. Not to mention frequent binges that leave you feeling awful about yourself. 

A calorie deficit means you burn more calories than you take in throughout your day. This approach is scientific, adhering to the first law of thermodynamics. Many people find a calorie deficit effective. However, others can’t lose weight despite being in a deficit. Or, certain health conditions make it virtually impossible to stay in a sustainable deficit. For example, insulin resistance, diabetes, chronic stress, and PCOS complicate your ability to stay in a calorie deficit. 

You may feel like you’ve been doing all the “right things” and yet you still can’t lose weight. If so, you’ll benefit from a qualified health coach. They’ll get to the root of why you can’t lose weight and come up with a personal plan to help you achieve your goals. 

What Is a Health Coach?

A health coach is a wellness expert. They’re your guide, partner, and personal cheerleader in achieving health goals. You can expect to feel supported and respected by your health coach as they work with you to help you reach your health goals. 

A health coach will outline your goals and your desire for making changes. Then they’ll create a custom plan to help you achieve your goals. 

Health coaches are your partners in your healthcare journey, communicating via phone call, email, text, or in-person appointments. They’ll help you tweak your mindset, stay motivated, and feel supported throughout these lifestyle adjustments. 

Health Coaching for Weight Loss

Achieving your weight loss goals is a complex process. With a health coach, you’ll receive a detailed plan, regular check-ins, and personal support along your journey. 

Diet and exercise changes aside, your health coach will help you uncover other aspects of your lifestyle that contribute to your weight loss. For example your sleep habits, alcohol use, and stress levels all impact weight loss. If you don’t know why you can’t lose weight, these factors may be to blame. 

With this holistic health approach, you’re more likely to achieve your weight loss goals and improve your general health and well-being. No more fad diets and general diet culture solutions targeted at the masses. 

If you have an underlying condition stopping you from losing weight, these methods aren’t helpful for you. You’ll only end up tired, hungry, and consumed with thoughts of food. Even if you see results at first, they’re unlikely to last; most people gain their weight back after stopping a diet. Perhaps worst of all, most fad diets result in obsession with appearances and food, and you may even develop an eating disorder.

Health coaches consider your unique biological makeup as they guide you through lifestyle changes. That way you can lose weight sustainably and keep it off for good.

Work with a Salt Lake Health Coach

Ready to begin working with a health coach to help you lose weight? Schedule a consultation at Novis Health in Salt Lake today. We have dedicated, highly trained health coaches for weight loss. They’ll work with you to create a personal lifestyle plan so you can achieve your health goals!