If you’re doing all the right things and still struggling to lose weight, here are five things that could be holding you back.
- Not sleeping enough – Lack of sleep makes it more difficult for your body to metabolize carbohydrates. Also when you’re tired, you’re more likely to make poor food and drink choices for a quick burst of energy.
- Not managing the stresses of life – Cortisol is a hormone that helps your body become even more effective at producing glucose from proteins, and is designed to help quickly increase your body’s energy in times of stress. But excess cortisol may stimulate glucose production. This excess glucose then typically is converted into fat, ending up as stored fat.
- Not eating real food – Pesticides and chemicals in processed foods dramatically increase your body’s toxic load. Your liver removes toxins from the body, but when there are more toxins than your liver can handle, it goes into overdrive to get its job done. When your liver spends all of its time removing toxins from your body, it can’t do its part in helping you burn calories. If you eat the same number of calories from “clean” foods (fresh, unprocessed and preferably organic), your metabolism will be much more efficient.
- An unhealthy relationship with alcohol – It’s probably not a surprise that drinking alcohol can make you hungry. That’s because alcohol lowers your blood sugar. Alcohol not only increases your appetite, but it adds calories to your diet.
- Not eating enough or skipping meals – It’s tempting to think that the less you eat, the more weight you’ll lose. But if you try to lose weight by skipping meals or dramatically restricting calories, you will probably gain weight in long run. When you don’t eat enough, your body goes into starvation mode and begins to wonder where your next meal is coming from. Your metabolism slows down to a crawl in an effort to make the most out of each calorie. If you eat six small meals a day instead of three large ones, your metabolism will be working all day at maximum capacity.
By: Jill Plourde Vira Creative