Losing weight for many can be a disappointing task, and one that at times can leave you feeling very frustrated! In my humble opinion, no one should ever start a ‘diet’, but rather adopt a healthy way of eating for the rest of their life. But for those of you, who are trying to adopt such a healthy lifestyle in the hope of losing weight, you just may be impeding your progress with some of these little known facts. So, what are they? Let’s take a look…
10 Surprising facts why you don’t lose weight
1)You’re not exercising
It’s a well known fact that people who exercise will lose weight (and keep it off) far quicker than those that do not. Exercise is an important ingredient not only for weight loss, but to also increase your fitness levels. Your weekly routine should ideally include High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT for short. Shorter, but more intense workouts have been proven to be more effective in weight/fat loss than long steady exercise. The same goes for your cardio sessions. Training this way will also mean your body will burn more calories at a higher rate for the rest of the day.
We all love a good night’s sleep, but were you aware that lack of sleep can actually affect your weight loss? Getting less than 6 hours sleep for long periods of time can cause a pre-diabetic state, making you feel hungry even if you’ve already eaten, causing you to consume more unhealthy foods which can wreak havoc on your weight. A lack of sleep really does make you fat: Sleep deprivation can cause weight gain of 2lb in under a week.
3)You’re drinking too many soft drinks
It has been experimentally proven that soft drinks are one of the prominent reasons for obesity. The weight gain is directly related to the amount of soft drinks that a person consumes. With every single can, people unknowingly add many extra calories to their daily consumption. As much as 8 teaspoons of sugar in just one can!
4)You’re drinking too much alcohol
Alcohol contains empty calories and has no nutritional value. Alcohol is metabolised in your body extremely quickly and because this process over rides the metabolisation of fats and sugar it can cause your metabolism to slow down. This can lead to weight gain, as does the empty calories of alcohol. A double whammy!
5)You’re not getting enough ‘good’ fats
Did you know that by consuming good ‘essential’ fats you can actually lose weight and burn the body’s stored fat! By eating the healthy fats like Omega 3,6 & 9, your body starts to use fat as a fuel source, which not only makes you healthy and provides cells with nutrients, but also enables you to lose weight!
6)You’re eating too many carbohydrates
Eating too many carbohydrates can stop you from losing weight and actually make you gain weight! Excess carbohydrates like breads, pasta, rice, potatoes and cereals get converted into fat by the hormone insulin and then is stored in the body. This is why people gradually gain weight over several months or years.
7)You don’t eat enough protein
Every athlete and fitness/muscle competitor will tell you that in order to lose weight and get lean, protein consumption is a must. Protein takes longer to breakdown in the stomach so therefor the body burns more calories while keeping you fuller for longer. Also, there is no conversion to fat with any excess protein and fewer insulin spikes, so less cravings.
8)Too much stress
Are you aware of the impact on your health too much stress can produce? The hormone cortisol is released every time your body is under undue stress. Excessive and prolonged stress can cause the body to produce too much cortisol, which can play a role in craving “comfort” foods, overeating, feeling fatigued, and storing excess body fat. Cortisol can also suppress thyroid functioning and cause blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycaemia, which can make it extremely difficult for your body to shift those extra pounds.
9)You have a thyroid problem
An under-active thyroid is not usually serious, but symptoms can include tiredness, depression, dry skin and hair, aching muscles and weight gain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it maybe worth while seeing your GP to be tested as this could be another reason you’re not losing weight.
10)You don’t eat enough
The problem with reducing calories and eating less is firstly very bad for your body. Your body needs several vital nutrients daily to function at a healthy level, so if we reduce too many calories, we can’t support normal functions in our body. Secondly, our body is very clever and knows how to keep us alive so when we eat less frequently, our body’s metabolism slows down as it is adapting to what it believes is a starvation period and will begin to hold onto any fat stores in order to see you through this lean time. And this is of course bad for weight loss. So when we feed the body lots of nutrients and regular meals, it speeds up its metabolism and is happy to shed excess fat, therefore keeping you slim and lean!
To your health & longevity