You have been counting calories, working out every day, and doing everything right. So why aren’t you losing weight? It’s a frustrating truth of weight loss that it doesn’t always go as planned. If you have found that you have plateaued with your weight loss, you may be making some mistakes that are preventing you from losing weight. In this blog, we will go over some reasons why you may not be losing weight.
You aren’t drinking enough water
You may not realize it, but how much water you drink has a big impact on how much weight you lose. You may be aware that water helps suppress your appetite, so drinking a glass of water before you eat is a good idea to promote weight loss. You may not know that being dehydrated can actually prevent you from losing weight. This is because without enough water, your kidneys do not properly function, causing the body to use the liver more for support. The extra work your liver puts in means that when you consume fat, it is stored in your body instead of burned off.
You don’t eat enough protein
Another factor that may be preventing you from losing weight is lack of protein. A high-protein diet has been shown to result in more weight loss, likely because protein helps you feel fuller for longer, and helps you build muscle while losing fat. Additionally, metabolizing protein takes more effort from your body than carbohydrates, so you burn more calories when you eat a high-protein diet.
You are sitting most of the day
Many people spend all day sitting at a desk to the detriment of their health and weight loss goals. Unfortunately, even if you are exercising every day, when you are sedentary the rest of the day, your body begins to stop making lipase, a fat-inhibiting enzyme crucial for weight loss. Therefore, if you are struggling to lose weight, it may be because you are simply not moving often enough. Make a point to get up and walk around for a couple of minutes every hour, or use a fitness tracker or pedometer to ensure that you are getting at least 10,000 steps a day.
You’re stressed out
When we experience stress, our body releases cortisol, a hormone that stimulates the appetite. It also stimulates the brain chemical neuropeptide Y, which causes carbohydrate cravings. If you are stressed out, you may be comfort eating, and therefore, not losing any weight. Even if you are not giving into the cravings, cortisol slows your metabolism and can cause fat to be stored in the form of stubborn belly fat. If you’re stressed out about losing weight, you may be killing your efforts. Exercise can provide excellent stress relief, as can journaling, talking to a supportive friend, and meditation.
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