Why is it so hard to keep off the extra weight? I’m sharing 3 reasons why you may be struggling with your weight.
#1: Chronic Dieting
Yes, dieting – that thing everyone does to lose weight – actually makes you fat. When you reduce your normal daily intake of food, your body enters a “famine state.” Your body believes that there is not enough food, so it holds onto the one thing that provides the body with the most energy- fat.
And if you’re on the type of diet that restricts you from certain types of food, your body becomes deprived of essential nutrients. Often this will cause us to overeat because your body is trying to get back into balance.
This is precisely why people who diet don’t lose weight, or end up putting on more weight than before they started! In fact studies show that up to 95% of people who lose weight through dieting regain the pounds soon after the diet ends.
#2: Lifestyle Stress
You know stress is unhealthy, but did you know it also makes you fat? Regardless of whether your job or personal life is bombarding you with emotional stress, physical stress, or mental stress, your body reacts to it in the same way: it releases a stress hormone called cortisol into your body, which makes you gain weight AND stops you from losing weight. The most common type of weight gain from cortisol is belly fat. This is also the worst place to gain weight because of the increases risk of heart disease associated with belly fat.
While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, it’s important that the body’s relaxation response to be activated so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, our bodies have not adapted their reactions to modern-day stimuli. Our bodies release excess cortisol because they can’t tell the difference between a life-or-death situation or a missed deadline at work, resulting in a state of chronic stress.
#3: Inadequate Nutrition
This one’s no surprise – a bad diet can give you massive weight problems! More specifically, inadequate nutrition leads to insulin resistance, which leads to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. A major factor in the development of insulin resistance is obesity — especially abdominal obesity or belly fat. Obesity promotes insulin resistance and negatively impacts insulin responsiveness in a person. Weight loss can improve the body’s ability to recognize and use insulin appropriately.
Insulin resistance causes extreme highs and lows in your blood sugar, which gives you irresistible sugar cravings and hunger pangs sooner and more often than you would get if your blood sugar was stable.
Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight as well as increasing physical activity can help the body respond better to insulin. These lifestyle changes can also reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease.
The problem with most weight loss approaches is that they focus on fad diets, and they don’t address the underlying reasons for weight gain. If you adopt a holistic mind-body approach you can lose weight and improve your health and happiness.