Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Why is losing weight so hard?

What is more frustrating than the washer eating your socks? Losing weight! I hear it ALL the time and I want to talk about some things that people don't consider when losing weight. You might be eating right, working out, and even taking time to consult in a fitness professional. But what gives? Many of us can relate to this but food and exercise only has a "partial" impact on your weight loss efforts. There are more reasons that you might not be losing weight so read this list and see if you can identify any of them to your life!
#1-Your hormones play a huge impact on your weight loss efforts. When your hormones are balanced, they work properly in unison. Your hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, growth hormones, etc. are needed to maintain balance, otherwise it can lead to weight gain, lost muscle, increased fatigue, water retention, and a whole other mess of issues. How can you fix this? at healthy food and proper supplements to help your body to restore an imbalance. Get enough exercise and sleep to help your body to function properly.
#2-Thyroid function is important. To lose weight, having a thyroid that is under control and balanced is also important. Did you know some foods can slow the function of our thyroid, and a slow thyroid will result in a slow metabolism. If you are experiencing weight gain, fatigue or depression, your thyroid can be out of wack. To make sure you are not functioning with an imbalanced thyroid, be sure to see a doctor and they can help test for your levels of optimal regulation.
#3-Starvation or low calorie diets. Believe it or not, your body is meant to eat food. Limiting your food intake to severely low levels puts you at risk for a damaged metabolism. Many people I talk with cut calories dramatically and this is doing more harm than good. If you are not eating enough, your body will STORE fat and eat muscle. This is all bad news for weight loss. What you need to do is eat foods in the proper macros for your specific body. If you have a professional work with you, I promise you will be eating more and losing weight!
#4-Insulin is a hormone that is VERY important for a good metabolism. However, when insulin is too high, we can gain a lot of fat and are at risk for diabetes and many other metabolic diseases. A good rule of thumb is to eat foods high in fiber and to eat every few hours to keep your insulin regulated.
#5- Last but not least is stress and cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that we produce when we are stressed. Cortisol is necessary for many body functions, but it can be dangerous if it’s too low or high. When we live a stressed life and have a high cortisol level, our body stores fat and gains body weight. If this seems like you, practice meditation or yoga. Also getting in regular exercise is important for you mind and body!
If you are having a hard time losing weight, don't give up just yet. Make sure you know what your body is doing and rule out all the possible outcomes such as the above listed. If you are having problems, go to a doctor and get checked out for any major issues !

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