5 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight
So you're going along with your busy life, thinking everything is going alright. Then it happens. You see a picture of yourself. And you are a lot bigger than you realized.
Gahh! That is such a discouraging realization. And it's these moments that people realize they need to make a change. But change isn't always easy. Here are the top five reasons that you aren't losing that weight.
You've been warned about dehydration since you were a child. But did you know that it can keep you from losing weight? Water acts as a delivery system of everything good and a detoxifier of everything bad. It also speeds up your metabolism which is a huge win. If you are drinking under 64 oz. per day, you are probably dehydrated. The goal to shoot for is half of your body weight in ounces.
2. You're not being honest with yourself
I've had a lot of clients come to me in frustration saying that they've been doing everything right and still keeping on the pounds. I then ask them to track a week of eating and exercise. This is where we find out that maybe they weren't doing everything that they could and were indulging a little more than they realized.
3. Too much exercise
Exercise is fantastic. I'm obviously a big fan of it, considering what I do. But over exercising releases cortisol, the stress hormone that causes weight to be maintained in the midsection and thigh area. It also puts you at a weak point for injury. Like I always say, the name of the game is balance. Too much of something is usually as bad if not worse than too little.
4. Wrong kinds of nutrients
You may have cut calories, but what kinds are you putting in your body? A lot of people stay carb heavy with refined flour and sugar, even when they cut calories. Or they eat a lot of salads with little to no protein. The key to weight loss is building a foundation of lean muscle mass. This can't happen if your body doesn't have the nutritional tools to build this.
If you've tried everything else and still haven't been able to lose the weight, hormones may be the cause. Hormonal imbalances are very common in the women that I work with and are a barrier in weight loss. If you think you might be dealing with this, I recommend seeing a doctor and asking for your sex hormones, cortisol, thyroid and blood sugar to be tested. If at all possible, a good naturopathic hormonal specialist is the absolute best for fixing these issues.
Let me know how your journey goes! Have you found other issues to be barriers? Have you dealt with any of these issues? I want to hear from you.