We’re betting you are thinking to yourself, “What am I doing wrong, I’ve tried everything!’ and there could be many reasons why you are not losing weight and we have 16 of them! Nutrition, not moving enough are two but thinking in only that paradigm is not getting to the root of the problem. Sleep Deprivation, Cortisol & Stress, Snacking, Over Exercising, Hormones, Allergies and more are factors. Here we share 3 reasons why.
Reason #1: Sleep Deprivation
Only 35% of Australians get the recommended hours of sleep a night of 7-9 hours. It is said that only 4-5 hours sleep per night can cause insulin resistance. It can also cause high glycemic variability which can lead to diabetes, appetite cravings and of course dreaded weight gain. So, don’t eat late, have a cup of tea or bath before bed and don’t use your phone or computer 1 hour before sleep.
Reason #2: Not Moving Enough
Calories in vs calories out. The truth is that sitting 8 hours a day you do not expend enough energy to counter-balance food you eat throughout the day. If we don’t exercise and the body is sedentary for long periods of time, your blood sugar levels become confused. A sedentary lifestyle puts us at risk of developing a metabolic syndrome i.e. type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease or an overall shorten life expectancy. Solution? Get up and move more!
Reason #3 Stress and Cortisol
Stress is multilayered and has a very real effect on our bodies. When you are stressed your body releases more cortisol that is an essential function for survival. BUT if you have prolonged elevated cortisol levels it can lower your immune function, result in disordered digestion, muscle breakdown, poor digestion, weight gain, diabetes and more. Some of the daily stressors include: The death of a loved one, relationship conflicts, employment or academic stress, boredom, anger, depression, anxiety, pressure to perform and limelight from social media. A way is to measure your heart rate variability (HRV), the amount of time between each heartbeat; the higher the HRV, the less stressed you actually are!
If you are looking to lose weight, our view is to look at you as a whole. May you be fitter, healthier & happier.
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Jean-Claude, Linda and the ALTA Fitness team