I eat really healthy and walk about 3-5 miles a day.I am not losing weight. For breakfast I eat 2 pieces of healthy life bread 2 egg whites and a piece of chees.For lunch I have a salad with carrots,brocilli,sugar snap peas,tomatoes,chickpeas,with either chiken or salmon and light olive oil dressing. My dinners are 2 days a week I have salmon, 2 nights I have chicken, 2 nights I have whole wheat pasta. My snacks are pita chips with hummus or popcorn, I drink grren tea,water or vitamin water,v8 juice. Why am I not losing weight, I had my throid checked but it was fine.What would you recommend?
It can be very frustrating to not see the scale move when you are trying very hard! However, since many factors can affect weight change, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact reason why you are not seeing the scale budge. The best way to identify what possible factor(s) are affecting your weight would be to see a dietitian who can determine what your calorie intake and expenditures are, and make individualized recommendations for you. You can find a local dietitian in your area by going to www.eatright.org.
Some general tips you might consider would include:
Monitor your portion sizes to be sure they are consistent with what is recommended for your age. You can use www.mypyramid.gov to determine how many calories you need per day to maintain your weight, how many servings of each type of food you should consume and what the portion size is for that food. It’s a good idea to measure your foods occasionally to make sure your portions are what they should be.
Identify possible sources of calories that you may not be aware of. Keeping a food diary is a great way to do this. Sometimes we are not aware of how much we are really nibbling, and how the calories can add up. Don’t forget the calories that may be added to food in cooking and seasoning.
Read food labels to identify the calories in the foods you are eating, making sure you are counting calories for the portion that’s given on the label.
If possible, try to incorporate different activities into your exercise program, or change your walking program to be a little more strenuous, such as walking a little faster or including hills in your walk.