Trying to lose weight but can’t? Yeah, I’ve had that problem, too. There could be numerous reasons your weight just won’t go down, and maybe you’re even gaining some. I have studied nutrition and holistic health for years, and these have opened up my eyes to some of the ways in which you can combat that plateau.
During sleep, our bodies heal themselves. We also continue burning calories even when we sleep. A lack of sleep does just the opposite. It causes illness, weight gain, stress and more. Try going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning. Six to eight hours of sleep at night is the average for an adult.
Want to find out how much sleep you need at night? Three nights in a row go to bed at the same time each night and allow yourself to wake up naturally in the morning. Don’t stay in bed. Just get up and start your day. The time you wake up on that third day will help you calculate the amount of sleep you need. Just use the amount of sleep you got that night as your needed amount!
Food Intolerance and Sensitivity
Certain foods can aid in bloating, like cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower) and beans. But there are reasons some other foods, like milk and wheat, can cause bloating and keep you from losing weight. Some food sensitivities can cause even more serious illnesses too.
You can recognize food intolerance and sensitivity if you keep a food journal. Things that make you gassy, upset your stomach and/or cause diarrhea may be ones you have an issue you. If dairy, wheat products or soy products cause any of these issue try replacing them with comparable foods. There are other grains and other products with calcium out there.
Thyroid changes can cause weight gain and weight loss. Hypothyroidism is a reduction in thyroid gland activity, which slows down your metabolism. This can cause unexplained weight gain. More iodine in your diet can help. So can a visit to the doctor!
Stress is a killer, and it makes you fat. Stress raises the levels of cortisol in our bodies which adds to the fat around our waists, which then adds to our risk of heart disease. If stress is a factor in your inability to lose weight there are things you can do. Exercise is one great way to relieve stress. Fitness releases dopamine, a feel good chemical in our brains. Another way to relieve stress is to meditate, It allows you to be calm, clear your mind and relax.
Lack of Physical Fitness
A general lack of physical fitness can cause weight gain. But if you’re still working out and unable to lose weight, or gaining some back, it means that you need to do more. Our bodies get used to doing the same routines over and over, and sooner or later that routine is no longer enough. Add an extra 15 minutes of cardio, or some extra time on the weights. Switch up your weekly routine so you aren’t doing the same thing every time you exercise.
Hopefully these tips will help you get back on the weight loss track!