Are you finding your pairs of jeans fitting a little more snug than usual? It could be because your glutes are growing from all that weight training you've been doing.. or it could be from an increase in overall weight gain. So, you start eating healthier, drinking more water, and even jumping on the treadmill for 30 minutes a day. One month later-still nothing. The damn scale won't budge and your pants are tight as ever. What gives? Here are 3 secret reasons why you may not be losing weight: 1. Your diet is inconsistent. People often believe that you can eat good during the week and eat like a king on the weekend. However, diet inconsistency can be the number one reason why those pounds are sticking to you. If you are trying to make a dramatic change, it will be best to leave the "cheat meals" alone-at least until you reach your goal, and then re-introduce them back in gradually and in a more controlled manner. My biggest piece of advice? Keep a food journal for at least ONE WEEK. Track every little morsel that you put into your mouth, even gum (if it has calories of course) and write down the calories next to the food name. Also, be sure to clarify whether your food was a snack, breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. After the period of one week, you will be able to see easily how many calories you consume and what type of food you are eating. It may even open your eyes to what types of foods have what amount of calories! 2. You aren't sleeping enough. Sleep is not easy. If it were, most of us would be capable of falling asleep within minutes of lying down for the evening. Ever since becoming a mom, I have found sleep to never be the same anymore as it was pre-baby. I literally have to shut my mind off at night instead of running through tomorrow's to-do list and worrying about my son. But the truth of the matter is that when we sleep, our body rests -yes- and it also repairs itself. We need, on average, 8 hours per night - some people can function off less and great for them! However, a lack of sleep can lead to weight gain can increase that nasty little hormone we mentioned above-yup, Cortisol. Other than that, insufficient sleep makes you hungry because you are awake for a longer amount of time. This throws off your entire feeding schedule! YIKES. The number one way to fix this is to find out why you aren't sleeping. It could be stress, a sleeping disorder, an improper wind down for the evening, a BABY lol, too much caffeine before bedtime, etc. Limit and try one thing at a time to find out the cause of why you aren't sleeping. 3. STRESS. Whether it is your work or a personal relationship in your life that you're stressing over, all stress is negative stress and it affects you the same way by releasing an overload of cortisol. Research shows that high levels of cortisol cause the body to hold onto fat and boost appetite, making you gain weight without even realizing. Not only that, Cortisol has also been known to increase depression and mentall illness, which can also be a precursor to unwanted weight gain. If you want to lose weight and are super stressed, the best thing that you can do first is find relaxation. Get a massage, take a warm bath, listen to music, have some alone time, or do what makes you happy.