You may be doing everything by the book. You may be doing more than the people around you, yet you still can’t seem to lose the extra few kilos you need to have the body you want. I’m sure you’ve always wondered what more you need to do to reach your goal.
Well I’m here to tell you, it’s not rocket science, and there are 5 very simple explanations to you not losing weight.
- Are You Eating Healthy?
A good diet is always a topic of concern when trying to lose weight. Have you tried to go on a diet before? I bet you have. Everyone does. But maybe you need to know a bit more about a healthy diet before you go on one.
It’s easy to cut out unhealthy foods from your daily intake, but you must be careful in what replaces the unhealthy food options. Many people make the mistake of replacing every meal and snack with a healthier choice and calling it a diet. But, healthy calories are still calories. You can’t get in the mindset of thinking that because you’re eating a muesli bar, that you can have 2 or 3.
At the same time, you can’t stop eating or reduce meals completely. It is just as unhealthy to remove meals from your diet as it is to eat unhealthy foods. Missing meals can send your body into starvation mode and cause your metabolism to slow down to conserve energy.
Get the balance right, and eat healthy nutritious food, full of protein and less in fats! It also helps to pick foods that are not only healthy, but also seem like a treat.
- How Much Water Do You Drink?
Sometimes it’s easy to mistake an empty stomach to a thirsty stomach. Have you ever heard someone say to you, “drink water if you’re hungry”? The chances are that you have. There’s a very good reason for it. Often thirst can be mistaken for hunger, and just by drinking one or two cups of water, you can easily feel full.
Apart from water being a great ‘substitute’ for a snack, it also helps to speed up your body’s metabolism and help your body burn calories and use them for energy. It seems staying hydrated is very important in a healthy diet!
- Are You Stressed?
Stress has always been a big issue in terms of individuals mental and physical health, but in recent times, it has become a big issue in weight loss. Whilst stress increases cravings and bad habits, it also increases stress hormone levels such as cortisol.
Increased Cortisol Levels Can Lead to;
- Increased fat retention
- Insulin resistance
- Slower Glucose Metabolism
Not being able to process glucose properly, means that carbohydrates are more likely to be stored as fat rather than be used for energy. A higher cortisol level is proven to lead to having more weight around your stomach and middle region of your body.
- Do You Get Enough Sleep?
Often when we think about weight loss, we don’t associate sleep with it. More often than not, we deprive ourselves of sleep to get those extra few hours a day to exercise or work. All we are doing is harming our body’s ability to fully recuperate and refresh itself for the next day.
The average adult needs roughly 8 hours of sleep per night. This is vitally important because during this time, our bodies can release hormones that regulate appetite and fat storage. Without this process, our bodies will wake up craving calories more than the day before.
- Do You Exercise Enough?
I understand that for many people, there isn’t enough time in the day to exercise for an hour. It can be hard to find the time. But you can’t just rely on your diet to lose weight. Exercising is all about burning calories. Don’t waste time thinking about exercising, when you can be exercising!
To lose weight it’s important to try and commit to a routine which allows you an hour each day for physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity. It’s a great way to improve your overall fitness, physical health, and help with your social life through sporting activities and fitness groups!
Exercising doesn’t allow you a free pass when it comes to your diet. It’s not tit for tat. It’s important to remember that. Calories burned shouldn’t translate to calories eaten. It is great to eat post workout, but make sure it’s protein packed nutritious meals with carbohydrates, and not containing fats. This will help with muscle repair and recovery while your metabolism is still accelerating from your workout.
If you can achieve 60 minutes of exercise a day, and have a healthy balanced diet, then you will be well on your way to losing the weight you always dreamt of losing.