Here Are 6 Reasons Why You Are Not Losing Body Fat
One common problem that we face when trying to lose weight is not seeing results despite our valiant efforts. We’re going to the gym and eating healthy foods, basically doing the things the books say, but the fat is not dropping. This can be demoralising to say the least.
It’s also the reason most of us quit. Not seeing any results make all attempts seem futile and pointless. The fact of the matter is that even if the weight on the scales does not drop, exercise and eating healthy is beneficial to us.
That being said, there are a few common mistakes that most of us make without even realising it. I have made a list of the errors I often made in my attempts to lose fat, before I found the solution to permanent fat loss. Check it out and maybe you can avoid making some of the mistakes that I made.
1. Consuming Too Many Carbohydrates
The most important thing to do on a diet is restrict our carbs and get most of our carbs from vegetables. Cut right back on rice, pasta, bread and other refined products. This one mistake alone is responsible for most people seeing stagnant results. Some people are carb sensitive and their insulin levels spike with just a little carbs. So ideally, it’s best to really limit your carb intake. This doesn’t mean eliminating carbs altogether, just making a choice to eat less carbs and replace them with more lean protein instead to avoid hunger.
2. Skipping Meals
A big mistake we make in order to lose fat is skipping meals. We think that because we skip a meal we are consuming fewer calories, which will lead to fat loss, right? Wrong. Skipping meals leaves us feeling hungry; hunger inevitably leads to bad choices. As soon as we become hungry we are placing ourselves in a very vulnerable situation. When we are hungry we are much more likely to choose foods that are high in calories and high in fat. There is also the tendency to snack continuously or to overeat at meal times in order to make up for skipping breakfast.
3. Lack Of Sleep
We need our rest. Getting enough sleep is crucial to fat loss. When we don’t get enough sleep, or have a poor sleeping pattern, we are prone to overeat and to gain body fat. Developing a good sleep pattern will help to regulate the two hormones that affect normal feelings of hunger and fullness, help to control food cravings and will help to reduce stress. Losing sleep leaves us feeling lethargic, unable to concentrate, reduces our problem solving skills and causes feelings of stress and anxiety.
4. Too Much Stress
This is something that people are not aware of. Stress releases cortisol in your body. This indirectly leads to weight gain.
5. Thinking Coffee Is A Dieters Friend
It is a big myth that coffee can help you lose weight. Coffee is a stimulant. It prompts the body to release cortisol, which floods your system with sugar and will get stored as fat if you don’t use it up. Caffeine automatically releases a flood of blood sugars and will probably store some as fat. Although coffee is 0 points it should be taken in moderation. Replace your cups of coffee with water or herbal teas, and see the results.
6. A Poorly Functioning Digestive System
This could be another reason that is holding back our fat loss. If you have bad bacteria, inflammation or low stomach acid, it will be a problem that affects your ability to lose weight. Get yourself checked by a doctor. The blood test will tell you what you need to know.
Finally, weight loss can be achieved if you stay the course and constantly stay alert while checking your progress. That is the only way you can track if you’re on the right track and losing weight. Keep what works and discard what doesn’t.
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