When it comes to weight loss, people all have their struggles. Although it might seem like others can drop pounds without blinking, that is rarely the case. After all, losing weight isn’t something the body is always happy about. It fights back, which means, even if you can lose weight without effort at first, it does get much harder. If your weight loss successes have plateaued or you’re having trouble, then you have to reassess. Here are six reasons why you may not be losing weight.
1. Picking Low-Intensity Exercises
Everyone knows that exercise is crucial in weight loss, as well as fitness. However, the type of exercises you pick is important. If you watch Netflix while taking leisurely strolls on the treadmill, you shouldn’t be surprised that no weight is coming off. A high-intensity workout is what’s needed for weight loss. Unless you commit to working out hard, you won’t burn any calories.
2. Drinking Too Little Water
While the 8×8 rule for drinking water is dated, you must stay hydrated regardless. The human body is made up of mostly water, so it needs plenty of it to function. As well as maintaining happy homeostasis, drinking lots of water will help with portion control. After all, you usually feel less hungry when you’re hydrated. Carrying a water bottle is a good reminder to drink regularly.
3. Missing Out On Protein
Protein enhances the feeling of fullness, making it easier for you to control food intake. This helps with weight loss. Because of this, you must make sure that you eat plenty of protein each day. Learn how to make chicken fried steak and eat eggs for breakfast instead of cereal. Just remember that increasing your protein intake won’t help unless you fix your unhealthy diet too.
4. Staying Up All Hours
Even if you’re happy with just a few hours sleep every night, your body isn’t. Lack of sleep has been linked to a number of harmful health conditions. In fact, it’s known to be one of the biggest risk factors for obesity. For this reason, you must make sleep a priority. Try to get into healthy sleep habits, like going to bed and waking up at the same time. You should also avoid caffeine.
5. Taking The Wrong Medication
All medications have side effects, with a common one being weight gain. Sometimes, this is a direct consequence of the drug, while other times, the drug increases your appetite or reduces your motivation to exercise. If you’re struggling to lose weight, take a look at the side effects of your medications. Your doctor may be able to prescribe you an alternative drug to try.
6. Letting Stress Build Up
We all have stress to deal with now and then, especially when trying to lose weight. That being said, it could be stress itself that is making the process so difficult for you. The stress hormones your body release directly affect weight gain and fat storage. Rather than allow yourself to become overwhelmed, you must find ways to manage your stress and reduce it.
Hopefully, with the advice above, you’ll find it easier to lose weight.
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