Why have I put on weight when I am dieting and exercising?

There are many reasons why you might have put on weight despite eating healthily and working out.

Read on to see 5 most common reasons.

1. Having the ‘all or nothing’ approach

The first problem that ‘all or nothing’ approach to food that might see you eat clean during the week and then binge eating every weekend.

Its perfectionist trait – where you’re super clean Monday to Friday and really rigid and structured is fine if maintained.

But with the vast majority of people who starve themselves all week, by the time Friday hits, all hells breaks loose and they just blow out all weekend and start again on a Monday.

This issue is extremely common among women, who bring up their weekly calorie average by quite a dramatic amount with how and what they eat on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


They hit Monday morning and all that weight loss and hard work they’ve done during the week is gone.

It’s that combination of perfectionism and cheat days that holds so many people back.

The ideal solution for this is to adopt a more balanced approach Monday to Sunday, whereby you allow yourself a little of what you love every day, but never go overboard.

2. Falling victim to ‘health craziness’

The second problem is thinking that just because something is healthy, they are allowed more of it.

If there is a Paleo, sugar-free, gluten-free, wheat-free brownie and you’ve had four pieces of it, you’ll probably find that you could have just had one normal brownie and been satisfied.

So often, we over-eat food just because it’s ‘healthy’ – from pints of ice cream that say you can eat the whole tub for just 400 calories to special shakes from health food cafes that end up being extremely calorie-laden.

It’s so easy to get caught up in these health halos and forget that portion size actually matters when it comes to fat loss.

You’re far better off eating a normal portion-controlled amount of something that doesn’t necessarily market itself as healthy than over-eating things like protein balls and ‘healthy’ brownies.


3. Mindless eating at home

While many of us might be good throughout the working day, but by the time people get home, they start mindlessly eating food, which can quickly add up.

Whether it’s a little bit of the kids’ lunchbox leftovers or some rice crackers with hummus, often by the time we sit down for dinner, we’ve basically already eaten a dinner.

A lot of the time this is so mindless, you might not even really think you’re eating.

But it’s things like picking at the kids plates when you’re clearing up that really leads to weight gain.

4. Eating too much at night

In the same way that we often eat more than we think at home, the same is true of how much we get through at night in front of the TV after dinner.

So many people have a healthy breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner – and then they like to reward themselves.

But they don’t just have a couple of squares of chocolate or a little bit of ice cream.

They have a glass of wine and some chocolate, and then they might pick at something else in the fridge over the evening.

This grazing approach completely undoes all of the good work you have done throughout the day, and needs to be avoided as much as possible.

5. Your body has got used to your training

Finally, many people overestimate how much exercise they do in any given day and underestimate how much they are eating.

If you’re someone who goes to the gym a little bit and does the same thing or relies on walking, your body can get used to the training quite quickly.

If you’re not getting some really good heart-rate-raising training into your routine, then often it’s just maintenance.

It’s important to remember that nutrition is king and exercise is queen when it comes to fat loss.

Most of us overestimate how much activity we’re doing and under-estimate how much we’re eating by as much as 25 per cent.

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