If you’ve been counting your calories and making time for exercise, but still not seeing any significant weight loss, then it can be extremely frustrating. Many people don’t realize it, but our weight is influenced massively by factors that aren’t so obvious to the naked eye. Here, I’ve listed some of the less obvious reasons why you’re not dropping pounds like you want to.
You Always Eat Healthy
No, that isn’t an excuse to forget about your careful diet decisions! If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll naturally stick to low carb recipes and healthier alternatives to sugary snacks. The issue here is your knowledge of what you’re doing. Interestingly, when we know we’re going with a “light” choice of food, it causes your brain to produce more of a hormone called ghrelin. When there’s more of this hormone, it can cause you to feel less full, and in turn make your metabolism slow right down. It can take some practice, but keeping your ghrelin levels under control is simply a case of focussing on the more indulgent, satisfying parts of your meal. For example, the nuts or cheese in your salad, rather than the leafy greens.
You’re Not Catching Enough Z’s
If you don’t get a healthy amount of sleep, your body will automatically enter a carbs and fats-craving survival mode. Recent studies have found that adults who get far too little sleep for their age will eat significantly more calories and fats the next day. Obviously, you may have a lot you want to fit into your waking hours. However, are any of those things really more important than your physical health? If you give it the opportunity, your body will naturally adjust to the correct amount of sleep you need. To get yourself back on track, spend a week going to sleep seven and a half hours before you need to be out of bed. If you wake up and feel ready for the day before the alarm goes off, then you may be able to get by with less sleep than the marker. If you instinctively press “snooze”, that’s your body telling you that you may need eight, or even nine hours of sleep to stay healthy. Getting your sleep cycle right will have you waking up refreshed, recharged, and in a great state to burn fat.
Getting Too Stressed
A demanding professional life, the responsibilities of being a parent, and various other stress factors can often be at the root of your weight-loss issues. This is mainly to do with a stress hormone called cortisol, which can increase the amount of fat which your body stores. Many studies have linked this hormone with the concentration of visceral fat on a person’s body. If you’ve considered everything else, simply making more of a point to relax and unwind could be the secret to burning more fat. Try to stay away from alcohol and TV-binges, and explore more healthy methods of stress-relief, such as gentle exercise and meditation.