So even if you are eating well and exercising, doesn’t necessarily mean that extra pounds will fly away. Why so? Have you ever experienced the fact that weight just won’t budge? Unsuccessful attempts to lose extra weight can lead to stress and depression, especially for women.
The majority gets caught in some kind of a vicious cycle – you blame yourself for not taking control of your body processes and shift from one diet to another creating additional stress for your body and nervous system. Then we binge or take our diet to an extreme (never healthy) and the cycle continues…
Good news, no need to starve yourself to death. Sometimes the reasons can be not so obvious yet result in hitting the wall with your weight. Let’s dig deeper and learn what they can cause it.
1. Hormonal imbalance.
If your menstrual cycle is irregular, you are fatigued or suffer from PMS, your hormones might be unbalanced. This can cause depression, anxiety as well as the difficulty of losing weight. The right step to take is to consult with a nutritionist or address your therapist and find out whether your hormones are ok. If there is some problem, the doctor will guide you to recovery. In any case, it is healthy to check in from time to time.
2. The lack of vitamin D.
Not only vitamin D is essential for keeping immune system healthy and maintain strong bones and teeth, but it also contributes to the metabolic processes. Overweight people usually have a low level of this vitamin, so think how much time you spend in the sun per day. Check with your doctor on how to fix the situation.
3. Your exercising is wrong.
The most common mistake of those to decide to get lean body is rushing to intensive workouts right away. In such case you are giving your body a shock therapy. Don’t overexercise and try to mix different types of training to find out what works for you better – yoga, pilates, jogging. Be kinder to your body and let it become healthy and slim step by step.
4. Not enough movement.
Ok, I get it, office jobs keeps us sitting half of the day. But the thing is – the body does not like it, it needs motion. Just be flexible and invent new ways to move more throughout the day – skip the elevator, make short walks during lunch, etc.
5. Too much food (even healthy, yeah).
The fact that healthy food contains lots of minerals, vitamins and sometimes minimum calories does not mean you can get crazy in consuming it. Your stomach has a certain capacity and can not cope with huge portions at once. Let’s say, ¼ of the plate should be protein, ¼ carbohydrate and ½ veggies. Try to split your meal into 5 to 6 small meals a day. You will soon feel that you become full faster than before.
6. Not chewed – not digested well.
First of all, the chewing process is the very first step for proper digestion. When you chew you absorb nutrients from food, the more the better. Try to chew your food to the liquid state each time because it will improve the digestive performance and help you lose weight.
7. Stress factor.
The influence of stress on weight gain is not overrated. Long term stress means high levels of cortisol, which is linked to blood sugar imbalance and weight gain around the mid-section.
8. Not enough sleep.
Your body needs to sleep proper number of hours to restore and repair. Less sleep = more stress.
9. Eating out too often.
There is no way you can be sure in the quality of the products the café/restaurant is using to cook your food. They can use the worst vegetable oils, heavy amounts of butter and oil, and poor-quality produce. Unless you’re dining at a place that claims healthy cooking and uses healthy produce, learn to love your kitchen!
10. Limited good fats.
Don’t be scared of good fats! They are very important for your brain and for the hormonal balance so important to your brain and for making hormones. The body actually uses the good fats and they will help to lower your LDL cholesterol.
11. Your liver is sluggish.
If your diet contains alcohol, coffee, sugar and you are feeling low or tired, and moody, you need to give your body a break. When your liver is sluggish, it struggles to process substances/toxins/hormones efficiently and this leads to toxic build up and this will inevitably cause weight gain. You might benefit from a seasonal cleanse.
Hopefully, this information will help you on your way to the healthy body and beautiful curves.