When you are doing everything right, eating healthier foods and avoiding junk food, then it is frustrating when you don’t lose weight even after trying so hard. Here are some important reasons why this may be happening:
You are eating wrong foods
What you eat daily plays an important role in whether you lose weight.
The best rule is to stick to all natural, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Eating healthy foods can improve your health and help regulate your appetite.
Avoid processed foods, such as bread, chips, cakes, and biscuits, which have a high content of salt, sugar, and fat. Energy drinks, sweetened juices, sodas etc. are also loaded with sugar and can contribute to weight gain.
You don’t eat enough protein
Protein is by far the most important nutrient when it comes to losing weight. Protein increases the feeling of fullness. Those who eat a high-protein breakfast or meal feel less hungry and therefore eat less throughout the day.
Moreover, your body spends more energy to burn off and digest protein compared to other foods, so a high-protein diet will help you burn slightly more calories.
You should consume at least one source of protein with each meal, such as oats, legumes and beans, soy chunks, tofu, etc.
You eat too much, even if it’s healthy food
If you have already made positive changes to your diet, and are yet not losing weight, then you may possibly be eating too much. Even if you eat healthy foods, the calories still count. Extra calories result in weight gain.
Vegetables, fruits, and grains are good for health, but also contain sugar and carbs. Nuts, whole wheat pasta, olive oil, and dark chocolate are all healthy, but they are not free of calories.
So, you need to watch how much of the good stuff you eat. Have controlled portions of healthy foods in order to lose weight.
You skip meals to save calories
When you skip meals, the body thinks it’s being starved, and as a result instead of burning off fat, it stores it.
Moreover, skipping a meal can also upset your metabolism, which slows down, and is not able to burn off all the calories you eat in your next meal. These extra calories may end up as extra weight.
Therefore, skipping meals or eating too little is not only unhealthy, but it can also damage your metabolism beyond repair.
You eat without thinking
Having meals in front of your computer or the TV or while checking your phone can hurt your weight-loss goals. Sometimes you don’t even realise how much you’re eating when your mind is somewhere else.
Eat your meals at the table away from any technology that could distract you. Focus on what you are eating, chew your food well, and fully enjoy the smell and taste of your food. As a result, you are likely to eat less.
You don’t drink enough water
Drinking enough water can have benefits for weight loss. Water keeps you hydrated, cleans your body of waste, and also helps to control appetite.
Drinking sufficient water before a meal helps reduce hunger, therefore you are less likely to overeat. Also, eating foods that contain a lot of water (and fibre), like fruits and vegetables, will fill you up faster, causing you to eat less.
You don’t sleep enough
It is important to get enough sleep if you’re trying to lose weight. A lack of sleep increases hormones that stimulate appetite and increase hunger. This makes you crave for more high-calorie junk foods, resulting in weight gain.
Less sleep also slows down metabolism, making it more difficult to lose weight. Aim for at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
You are stressed
A busy schedule, challenging job, family pressure, whatever is the reason for your stress, it can be the underlying cause of your weight gain. When you are stressed, you are likely to eat more.
Moreover, cortisol (known as the “stress hormone”) is released in response to stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep. Cortisol can increase the amount of fat your body stores away. Even worse, excessive stress causes fat to be stored in the abdominal area, which is harder to lose.
So, try to relax. Do yoga, read a book, see a movie, or practice simple meditation.
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