You are on a diet and follow up a regular sports activity, and still you can’t successfully lose weight. Believe us, we have heard it a lot, and because of that we have done some research.
There are many factors that impede the successful weight loss among which are bad eating habits, body characteristics, genetics, slow metabolism, improper thyroid function, etc.
Nonetheless, these are the common reasons that hamper your weight loss even when working out.
10 Reasons Hampering Weight Loss
- Focusing hard on diets
Most draconian diets focus on the lower intake of calories depriving your body from the needed nutrients. In such cases the body is being starved which leads to frustration and making you more prone to all processed and fast foods. As a result of that the yo-yo effect is inevitable which can contribute even to more weight gain. In order to successfully lose weight you need to introduce a healthy and balanced diet containing all the needed nutrients and as well as calories.
- A specific medical treatment
If you are on a certain medical treatment, then it is a great possibility that these medications can cause weight gain. The intake of these medications can elevate your appetite, and in that way interfere with your slimming goals.
- High intake of sweet beverages
The intake of sodas or energy drinks is very unhealthy for your body. They are a great source of calories that will inevitably lead to weight gain.
- Lack of proper body hydration
Water is the essence of the body’s survival, but as well as for the weight loss process. Its intake can act as suppressant preventing all that unnecessary snacking between meals. Plus, a glass of water prior meal can prevent excessive intake of food. As per a conducted study on weight loss and released in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, good body hydration is closely linked to weight loss. The consumption of water prior each meal not only will prevent weight gain, but as well reduce the build-up fat in the body. Additionally, proper water intake will efficiently eliminate the toxins from the body that impede the weight loss.
- Improper sleeping patterns
If you do not sleep enough, you will be hungrier the next day needing the energy and thus opt for more caloric meals. Sleeping lowers appetite during the day, especially if it lasts 7 to 9 hours. Thanks to the proper sleep you will be more physically productive and choose on foods that are more nutritious. In the case of sleep deprivation, a hormone that elevates the appetite “ghrelin” gets more secreted, and the “leptin” that offers the satiation will get lowered.
- Too much stress
The reaction to stress differs in people, some have lower appetite and some eat even more. When a person is too anxious and stressful it immediately reaches for the comfort foods that are packed with sugar and fat. These foods stimulate the secretion of serotonin known as “the hormone of happiness” which helps in the fight against depression. On the other hand, chronic stress is the root for many food cravings that on the long run will lead to weight gain. Therefore, you should try to remove stress form daily life or find ways to annihilate it by introducing relaxing techniques like yoga or meditation.
As the body ages the muscle mass starts to decrease which leads to burning of fewer calories than before. After the age of 45, around 10% of the body muscle mass is being lost. Plus, as we age the body’s metabolism is slower which can lead to weight gain, especially if we continue with the high calorie intake that the body does not need any more.
You should be aware of the fact that there are around 60 genes that intervene in the appearance of obesity. Plus, there are the special eating habits of our family that can contribute to weight gain if you continue to follow them.
- Hidden anomaly or condition
You may experience certain undiagnosed disease that can prevent the weight loss. For instance, depression, can cause weight gain as the affected person cannot control the appetite and lacks the energy and motivation to do so or for that matter to take control of his or hers life.
- Healthy lifestyle
In order to have a successful weight loss you need to incorporate a healthy and balanced diet along with a regular physical activity. This is the only way to lose weight and keep it for a long period of time without experiencing the yo-yo effect. This is also the only way for a healthy and happy body; the slim silhouette is only a bonus.