Having trouble losing weight even though you’re exercising at least three times a week and meticulous with what you eat? Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, we could have the answer you’ve been searching for.
- You have a mind like a sieve
Yes, you might have eaten healthy most of the week, but you have a tendency to forget about the buffet dinner out with friends or the cans of fizzy drink you scoffed when no one else was looking. Just because no one saw you do it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Track your food to avoid having moments of food amnesia.
- You skip meals
If you are the type of person who simply can’t seem to stomach breakfast and makes up the difference at morning teatime with a muffin, or eat on the run, it can wreak havoc on your metabolism. Suddenly you body thinks, uh-oh I’m not going to be fed and goes into famine mode, so it slows down how many calories it burns. This happens every time you skip a meal, so while you might be high-fiving yourself about the number of calories you’ve missed out on by starving yourself, you body is prepping for starvation mode. To avoid this, try eating four to five times a day and eat at regular intervals.
Everyone gets stressed. Kids drive you to drink, not enough money to cover the bills, demands at work etc. Except it’s not the stress so much as the way you handle stress. If you are a stewer (a person who fixates on problems and just can’t let it go), your body releases a hormone called cortisol, also referred to as the fat storage hormone. Increase stress levels can also lead to emotional eating – ie: skipping meals because you simply can’t face food or craving salty, fatty and sugary foods
- Working shifts
Our bodies weren’t designed to work at night, but due to the demands of modern day society and sick people who need 24-hour care, it’s become unavoidable. Bad news for all your night shift workers or those who do split shifts, but working nights and sleeping days affects your natural body rhythms. It is believed shift workers tend to put on more weight than your average nine to fivers as food is more effortlessly digested during the day and your metabolism slows down at night when it’s supposed to be resting.
- Inadequate level of exercise
Sure you might be walking every day, but how much effort are you really putting in? Be truthful. You may even go to the gym every day, but you aren’t doing yourself any favours by not pushing yourself. Your body gets used to the amount of exercise you are doing and you will need to push beyond your comfort levels to a change. Add in another set of weights or a few more reps. Walk that last one last kilometre as fast as your legs will carry you. Do something that makes a difference.