3 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Fat
Have you been working out and eating right but still not getting the results you want?
I keep seeing plenty of women struggle from stubborn fat that they just can’t seem to lose.
I’ve been there, done that. But don’t lose hope, boo.
Once you find the root cause and make some changes in your lifestyle, you’ll be seeing and feeling the difference.
I want to share with you 3 reasons that may be keeping you from your fitness goals:
Not Getting Sleep
This is not the first time (and not the last) that I’ll be talking about the role sleep has when it comes to weight loss and fitness.
Yup, you called it. Sleep deprivation can stop you from losing fat despite your hard work because your metabolism just won’t work properly.
Not only that – it can even cause weight gain. Yikes!
This is because when you lack sleep, the hormone that suppresses your appetite goes down.
What’s worse is if you’re feeling a little sleepy at work, you may be tempted to reach for a cup of coffee or something sweet for that quick shot of energy. You may even get some take-out instead of cooking a healthier meal because you just don’t have the energy anymore.
I’ll say it again – good sleep is one of the most important factors for your weight (not to mention, overall physical and mental health), so go get that beauty sleep!
It’s Your Hormones
Picture this: you’re sticking to your workout regime, eating the right meals, and sleeping enough, but you’re just not losing that unwanted belly fat. That’s because, often, the real key to losing fat (and feeling much better physically and mentally) lies with your hormones. Your hormones ultimately control weight loss because they control your metabolism.
People who struggle with weight often also battle hormone imbalance. It amazes me how easier weight loss becomes once your hormones are back in their sweet spot.
That’s because they control how efficiently a calorie you consume makes you fat. If you fail to address the hormonal issues, like excess cortisol, insulin and/or leptin blockage, and estrogen dominance, your workouts and diets will all go to waste.
Visit your doctor to check if this is something that you’re dealing with. But make sure to still pay attention to your habits. Eating right and working out goes hand-in-hand to keeping your hormones at a healthy level.
Manage your stress
Let’s face it, problems and our ever-growing list of things to do make it hard to relax. Something is always happening and our schedules are often full. Yes, stress is normal, but when trying to lose fat, learning how to manage stress can make all the difference!
Stress does not only cause sleeping and hormonal issues but affects you in so many ways. When you’re under stress, you will often feel the urge to overeat or crave sweets or fast food.
I mean, I’m sure you’ve experienced stress eating, right? This is because your body goes into survival mode and thinks that it burns calories while dealing with your stress, but it actually hasn’t.
I know how hard it is to manage your stress sometimes but there are a lot of things you can try. How about meditating? And when was the last time you took a break between work and other responsibilities? Go for a walk or go to the spa. Find ways to relax. There are so many things that you can try. In fact, check out my list of how you can manage stress here.
In the end, weight loss is more than just eating right and exercising. It’s an entire lifestyle. Becoming aware of possible hindrances can help you make the most out of your fitness journey.
Do you think one of these is causing your weight issues?