Living a healthy lifestyle has numerous benefits aside from weight loss, but let’s be honest, most of us start eating healthy and working out in order to lose weight. Typically, you start out and you start to see results pretty soon after making the lifestyle change. However, it’s typical to start to see yourself plateau. Even though you feel as if you’re hitting your workouts hard and you’re eating clean, there are some habits that you may be practicing that are causing you to hit that plateau. Instead of getting frustrated and quitting, it may be helpful to take a look at your life and see if any of these aspects are affecting you more than you think they are.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is such an easy thing to put on the backburner. From working out, eating healthy, keeping up with your job, and just regular life events, it truly feels as if there aren’t enough hours in the day, making it easy to push sleep to the side. However, no matter what your fitness goal is, sleep is extremely vital. If you’re not getting enough sleep your body is not getting the proper time to rebuild and recover from the exercise that you’re putting it through. This can lead to poor lifting quality, which can actually be very dangerous. It puts you at a higher risk for an injury, which can lead to permanent damage too.
If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s important that you are eating in a caloric deficit, but that doesn’t mean that you should be skipping meals. Skipping meals leads to stronger and more intense hunger cravings, which can significantly increase the likelihood that you give in and binge on those cravings. Ultimately we know that food is one of the most important aspects when trying to transform your body, which is why it’s important to fuel it. Your body can’t work at its top potential without proper nutrition. Think about it, you wouldn’t expect your car to get you through a four-hour road trip with only a quarter tank of gas right? Well, your body is no different. It needs food to survive and grow. Evenly spacing your meals out throughout the day may be a great way to help you feel fuller longer. This also allows you to maintain a stable blood sugar and energy level that can also help prevent those intense cravings.
Drinking Your Calories
Many times were very conscious about what we’re eating, but we tend to neglect that the things we drink may be adding to our caloric intake. While many of us love our fancy coffee, alcohol, fruit juices, sports drinks, and soft drinks, all of these have one thing in common. They contain high amounts of sugar, carbohydrates, and calories and contain very low macronutrient levels, giving them no real nutrition. These drinks are also very easy to consume mindlessly. While a glass of wine with dinner or an occasional treat latte won’t break any progress, if you’re consuming these daily, they can add up and may be keeping you from shedding those extra pounds.
No matter what your fitness goal is, you should be drinking water and using that as your main form of hydration. Water is something that your body needs to survive and keeps your body going. It also doesn’t contain any calories, making it extremely diet-friendly.
Stress is inevitable, and unfortunately, no matter what you do, it’s something that is always going to be present in your life. However, if you are experiencing extremely high levels of stress at all times this can deter your ability to lose weight. When you’re stressed, your body releases a flood of cortisol, which is a hormone that increases our amount of energy, alertness, and motivation. Sounds great right? Well, while this can help you in certain situations, constant levels of cortisol can become a problem. When a person’s cortisol levels rise and remain elevated, your body will start to breakdown muscle tissue, decrease fat burning, and your body may start to store more fat, particularly around the midsection.
Stress also tends to give your body more frequent and intense hunger cravings, especially for unhealthy foods. These can start to sabotage your ability to burn fat and lose weight. Instead of reaching for that bag of chips when you start to feel stressed, find new and healthy ways to cope with that stress. These can be simple things like going for a walk, reading, meditating, drinking a cup of tea, the possibilities are endless.
Speak With An Expert
If you’re reading through this article and you’re still confused as to why you’re not losing the weight, it may be time to consult an expert. These can be anyone from doctors to nutritionists and personal trainers. At Shredd KC, we are here for you and want to see you succeed in your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. We offer a wide variety of programs at our gyms which are tailored and designed to help you. Through expert personal training, classes, customized meal plans, and coaching, we’re here to help you. We take the time to create plans that fit your needs and lifestyle, which is why they work! Connect with us today to learn more, we can’t wait to help you on your journey!