5 Reasons you can't lose weight
We’ve all heard it before – to lose weight we just need to eat less and exercise more! Right? Maybe not! So many of you say, “I know what I should be doing but I am just not doing it”. Putting on weight may be the result of something other than just eating too many sugary, fatty things.
These 5 factors may affect your ability to lose those extra kilos of fat.
1. You’re not getting enough sleep!
A lack of sleep may be stopping you meeting your weight-loss goals. Lack of sleep slows your metabolism and affects the hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin.
Leptin tells your brain to stop eating, but ghrelin, produced in the stomach, stimulates hunger. Research suggests inadequate sleep is associated with low levels of leptin, high levels of ghrelin and weight gain.
Fix: Turn off your phone and laptop. Instead, go to bed early, make sure your room is dark and cool and avoid having caffeine or alcohol too close to bed time!
2. You are counting calories instead of nutrition
While we do need to ensure we are not overeating, we also don’t want to be obsessed with counting calories. Instead w need to focus on what types of food we are eating and the health benefits of the nutrients in those foods.
One example I like to use is this: As a calorie counter I could eat 1 packet of Tim Tams for my day’s food. That would be over 1000 calories, so a good amount to lose weight. However, those Tim Tams are full of sugar, fats and not much goodness to nourish the body and have it working to its maximum potential.
Fix: Think Real LIVE Foods. Don’t just focus on the calories. Instead, choose nutrient rich foods and nourish your body with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in fruit, vegetables and whole LIVE foods.
3. You’re eating hidden sugars
Hidden sugars are everywhere. There are many foods we consider to be healthy options, but some of the worst foods include muesli bars, breakfast cereals, sports drinks, sauces and spreads. Added sugars are now considered to be more damaging than dietary fat to your weight and overall health, contributing to conditions including diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Fix : Read labels and avoid products with high amounts of added sugar. It may be listed as corn syrup, sucrose, malt, glucose, molasses, fructose, maltose or fruit juice concentrate. Remember the ingredients are listed in order of biggest to smallest amount, so if sugar is number 1 or 2 on the list, best to avoid it.
4. You sit down too much
Watching TV, doing sedentary jobs and scanning Facebook is not what our bodies were designed to do Think back to our ancestors, with hunter/gatherers out and about all day. You may think you’re too busy to exercise, but the reality is we are meant to move. If you have time to stalk on Facebook you have time to exercise!
Fix: Move! Park the car further from work or the shops and walk, take the stairs, get up and walk around the office. Use the ad breaks in your favourite show to pump out an exercise – you still get to stay up to date with your favourite shows, but you can get 20 mins of workout in too! Do pushups one break, situps another, squats another and some lunges and keep mixing it up.
5. You don’t have time to cook
We are all busier, and have loads of fast food options available. This has resulted in less food preparation in the home. Grabbing breakfast on the go or takeaway for dinner is not good for your waistline.
Fix: Plan and organise in advance. Work out some easy, low fat healthy meals that can be made on the weekend, and cook up a storm, storing meals in the freezer. That way you can grab one for lunch on the way to work, or take one out to warm up when you get home late from work.
A shake with a clean lean protein powder and the works like baby spinach, kale, ½ banana, frozen berries etc is great too.
No need to order take away!
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