You feel as if you’ve tried everything and it’s never enough. The weight you’ve tried so hard to lose is as stubborn as it is disheartening. During weight loss efforts there might be seemingly innocent and minute reasons you aren’t losing weight. Picking up on them and shifting small habits around now may alleviate that constant struggle and lead to actual results.
1. Health Issues
Sometimes this is the most obvious and difficult reason to handle for diminished weight loss. Before taking on any weight loss plan, you should consult your physician and ask for advice. There may be underlying health issues such as hormonal imbalance that affect your thyroid gland. For example, one of the top symptoms of hypothyroidism (under active thyroid gland) is that you have a weight gain or you find it very difficult to lose weight.
2. Sleep Deprivation
I’ve written in the past about the dangers of sleep deprivation, and one of them was weight gain. Fatigue makes people hungrier, and people who don’t sleep enough hours tend to consume hundreds of calories more a day. Recent studies (both in humans and animals) have linked insufficient sleep and a tendency to gain weight. Sleep duration affects the hunger and satiety, as well as the production of various hormones and affects directly the metabolism of the body. In addition, it was found that people who don’t sleep enough are less active the next day and burn fewer calories. It was found that 8 hours of sleep provide the best metabolism. You can read more in my article about the top 10 factors that affect your metabolic ratewhich sleeplessness is one of them.
3. Lack of Protein
Proteins do much more for your body than simply building your muscles. When people don’t get enough daily protein they are missing out on other benefits of weight loss. These include an increase in overall energy, preventing excess carbohydrates from being stored as fat, and feeling full for longer periods, which prevents overeating.
4. Lack of Water
By now the importance of water in your body should be obvious. It fuels and purifies your body and a lack of it could lead to weight gain. A dehydrated body will send signals to the brain that are commonly confused with hunger. Sometimes when you think your body wants a snack it’s really just asking for a glass of water. Also drinking a glass before your meal will help curb your appetite and keep you from excess calories.