You’ve been working out regularly, you’ve overhauled your diet – yet you still can’t meet your weight-loss goals.
For starters, you’re not alone. It’s hardly an uncommon dilemma, and the good news is there are plenty of reasons – and solutions – for this issue. In some cases, you may have never realized that they’re sabotaging your goals.
Here are several reasons why losing weight are so difficult:
1. EXERCISING WITH BAD FORMS
While you may be walking on that treadmill or stair climber at a steep incline, you’re also holding onto the handles. By doing so, you’re making it easier on your body – and burning less calories than you may think.
2. TOO MUCH CARDIO
Yes, too much cardio may actually have a negative impact on your efforts to lose weight. Why? Excessive cardio endurance workouts have been shown to increase your body’s level of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. In turn, cortisol can make you feel hungry and prompt your body to store more fat.
Many experts say interval training is optimal for weight loss, and the nice part is that you can train less in a shorter amount of time. They also say that limiting your cardio workouts to a few times a week is wise because of their physically and psychologically demanding nature.
Here’s something we recommend: Burn three times more fat in three times less time by doing short but intense interval sprints last 15-20 seconds.
3. YOU’RE SLEEP DEPRIVED
Getting proper sleep is often a key factor in weight loss. Cortisol is a culprit here, as well, because it rises with lack of sleep – as does your blood sugar and insulin (which also make you feel hungry).
Research has also shown that lack of sleep causes insulin resistance, which makes it easier for your body to store fat.
We advise that you shut down your TV, computer and smart devices at night to help you wind down properly.
4. TOO MUCH ‘DIET FOOD’
This one may have you shaking your head – “Wait, eating too much diet food is bad for my diet?” – but we’re talking about food that’s labeled as ‘diet food’ but is actually junk food in disguise because of artificial sweeteners, fake sugar and chemicals.
Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners increase hunger, making you consume more calories throughout the day.
Here’s something we recommend: Focus on eating real food with just one ingredient. If you want sugar, don’t reach for a piece of candy, reach for a piece of fruit.
5. CONSUMING TOO FEW CALORIES
That’s right, low calorie diets can derail your weight loss efforts because they can throw your metabolism way out of whack. By doing so, your body is going to hold onto fat at all costs.
We suggest creating a calories deficit the right way, through exercise and eating wisely – instead of depriving yourself.
6. TOO MUCH STRESS
When you’re too stressed out, too often, your levels of cortisol will rise, making your feel hungry and reducing your body’s ability to burn fat. Cortisol also breaks down muscle and lowers serotonin – which makes you crave sweet foods.
Here’s yet another negative impact of cortisol: It lowers stomach acid, which means you won’t digest effectively and will be left feeling even hungrier.
Take it from us – relax, breathe, laugh, have fun and enjoy life. It’s sometimes easier said than done, but the positive impacts are immeasurable.
7. TOO MANY PROCESSED CARBS
Measuring your calorie intake vs. the number of calories you burn isn’t that simple. You need to consider the macro-nutritional breakdown of food – the amount of protein, fats and carbs – and how it creates a hormonal shift that will burn stored fat for energy.
Focus your diet foods high in protein and healthy fat, as well as vegetables and some fruit. This will help your body burn more fat.
We’re confident that all of the above suggestions will help you eliminate the frustration of working hard without losing the weight. You’ll be well on you’re way to creating the body you’ve dreamed of.