4 Surprising Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight
We all know what leads to weight gain. Yet, sometimes it can feel like you are doing everything right— watching what you’re eating and working out—and yet you can’t seem to get the results you want.
What gives? The answer may be some of the things you do over the course of an average day—those daily habits that have seemingly no connection to weight loss, but may in fact be sabotaging your efforts.
Now, I don’t really like focusing on weight as a measure for success in my coaching programs, but if your clothes are feeling a little more snug than usual and you seem to be doing everything right, here are some of the reasons you may not be losing weight.
1. You are stressed out
Think about how many times you told someone that you were stressed out today? When you are dealing with chronic stress, your stress hormone levels go up. Cortisol is one of those stress hormones, and it can make the body store fat – particularly around your waist. This is the most dangerous place to gain weight, as it can lead to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease. Cortisol also makes us hungry. If you are dealing with a lot of stress in your life, look at ways you can reduce the stress by finding better ways to cope with it. Things like deep belly breathing, yoga and meditation are all great stress reduction tools. I incorporate a lot of stress busting techniques in my programs, and I tool that I offer to help with stress reduction is Reiki. You can read more here.
2. You aren’t sleeping well
Sleep is so important for your overall health and wellbeing. Not only does a good night’s sleep mean you have more concentration, it also affects your ability to burn calories. One bad night’s sleep can increase the body’s ghrelin levels (which is the hormone that makes you feel less full and slows down your metabolism). This is often why when we haven’t slept well, we crave sugary processed foods. It also reduces leptin (which is the hormone that helps make us feel full), which causes us to overeat the next day. As you can see, getting a good night’s sleep is important. However, it’s not just about the amount of sleep, but also the quality of your sleep. Try and get at least 7 hours of good quality sleep a night. Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, “white noise” machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices.
3. You are consuming excessive calories without realizing it
Sometimes “healthy” food can be filled with excessive calories. The worst thing is, because you think it’s healthy, you tend to eat more of it. Foods like granola, protein bars and juice smoothies are some of the worst culprits for this, as they are high in sugar. Another common food people tend to overeat are healthy fats, like nuts and avocados. Yes, they are good for you, but if you aren’t sticking to one portion size , then you could be increasing your daily calories drastically. Be mindful of what you are eating, stick to appropriate portion sizes and read the ingredients on packaged foods.
4.Your eating is triggered by emotions
How many times have you grabbed the chocolate, ice cream, chips or pizza because of an emotion? Maybe you were bored, upset or lonely? If you eat for reasons other than being hungry, check in with yourself. Knowing what true hunger feels like can help you recognize when you’re eating for other reasons. If you can’t avoid the specific triggers that cause you to eat when you’re not hungry—and there’s no way to avoid them all—it’s important to learn some new strategies. “Stuffing down your feelings” with food isn’t going to make the problem go away – you may be better off trying to deal with any issues head-on. Call a friend, take a brisk walk to blow off some steam, or write your thoughts down in a diary instead.
When you embark on a health and wellness journey, there will be times that can be frustrating, especially when you aren’t getting the results you want. Remember, sometimes what works for someone else may not always work for you. That is why it’s so important you learn to listen to your body, be patient and keep going.
If you can’t stick to a diet and you’re sick and tired of feeling like a failure, I offer a customized holistic approach to weight loss and wellbeing – it’s not a diet, it’s A Diet AlteRNative TM.
Ready for a sane approach? Contact me today for you free consultation and get started on the road to better health today!