You’ve been sticking to a fiber- and protein-laden diet, you’re exercising diligently, and you’ve been working to move more during the work day. In short, you’re doing everything you can to lose weight. So it’s really frustrating when any attempt at losing weight doesn’t show up on the scale. You may be making some mistakes you didn’t even realize were mistakes. Check out these five reasons to see why you’re still not seeing the scale tip.
1. You think about how healthy your choices are
We all know the power of positive thinking, but your feel-good thoughts can be detrimental when it comes to diet. Alia Crum, a Ph.D. candidate and researcher at Yale University, told Health her work has shown simply believing your meal is lighter can lead to a spike in ghrelin, a hormone that makes you feel hungry. This means even the most satisfying salad loaded with grilled chicken and sliced avocado could still leave your stomach rumbling. The publication went on to say focusing on the more indulgent parts of the meal — think cheese or a little bit of bacon — will help you feel more satisfied.