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So you’ve started eating better. You joined a gym. You’ve been working out for weeks, and yet, the pounds are not coming off. What could it be, and why? Well, if you’re struggling to shed those pounds despite your best efforts, here’s some hidden reasons that might be holding you back, and your weight, up.
You’re A Night Owl
Not a morning person? Well recent studies have shown that on average, morning people weigh less than night owls. Researchers believe it’s because getting a dose of the morning sun helps synchronize our body’s internal clock, which in turn, regulates our metabolism. Also, sunlight contains vitamin D, which is an effective fat burning vitamin.
You’re Sleep Deprived
Night owl or not, if the amount of sleep you’re getting is not enough, you’ll have a hard time shedding those pounds. Those who don’t sleep well are hungrier, and those that are hungrier eat more. It’s a chain reaction that those who get at least 8 hours a night don’t have to suffer.
You’re Drink Diet Soda
Don’t let the name fool you; diet soda is not for those on a diet. Research has proven that all the artificial sweeteners they put in there actually promotes weight gain. One study even showed that those who regularly drank diet soda gained more than triple the abdominal fat over a nine year period, than those who didn’t drink it at all.
You’re Stressed Out
Stress is a killer. And it especially kills your weight loss program. It messes you up by causing you to eat for comfort, as well as increasing cortisol levels, which sends weight to all the wrong places – like your hips, thighs, and face.
Your Diet Lacks Protein
More than build muscles, protein actually helps with weight loss. When you’re not eating enough of it, you lack energy, which in turn, has you turning to carbs – the very thing you want to avoid in excess. Eating protein helps keep you feeling satisfied longer.
We can’t stress enough how important drinking lots of water is. Water is essential for every process your body needs to make. And when you don’t drink enough, you body often confuses a lack of water for a lack of food, thus making you hungrier.
You’re Skipping Meals
You might think eating fewer meals is the best weight loss move you can make. Well think again. By skipping meals, in effect, causes you to binge later. And nothing is worse to a weight loss plan than pigging out on a huge meal, right before bed no less.
Despite following your diet to a T, it’s possible you’re not losing weight due to an underlying health issue. Those with diabetes for example, often have an extremely hard time keeping the pounds off. Others have a thyroid problem that also gets in the way of losing weight. If you aren’t losing weight and suspect it could be a health issue, speak to your doctor today.
Exercise is a weight loss staple. However, many think that because they’re working out, they can eat as much as they want. When it comes to weight loss however, exercise is only a small component. Over 80% of your results will come from your diet. So don’t think exercising gives you a license to pig out afterwards.
You’re Eating Too Fast
It takes your brain approximately 20 minutes to figure out if you’re full or not. Eating fast then, essentially piles more food into your stomach in a shorter period of time. If you want to lose weight, then wait, and take your time between bites – drinking plenty of water in between to fill you up more.