We have all been in that situation where we plan on losing weight for a good number of days, and then there’s finally a day when we actually execute it. While we are all aware that weight loss is a process and doesn’t happen overnight, you definitely expect to see results at least within ten days or so.
Healthy weight loss takes time. And while you may be really patient on waiting for effective results, there could be reasons for not losing weight even after dieting and regular workouts. Perhaps, your workouts and healthy eating are well-balanced, but there’s another underlying condition that’s affecting your body’s ability to lose pounds. Here are a few…
Are you getting enough sleep?
When you don’t get proper sleep, you tend to feel tired. This stressed feeling signals the body to skip exercising or even regular movements affecting your daily activity and dietary choices. Lack of sleep makes you feel hungry even when you are not. Cortisol, a stress hormone that also helps in the regulation of your appetite, is produced in excess when your body is sleep-deprived. Now you know why you kept going to the refrigerator every now and then to simply look for something to eat?
Are you overwhelmed?
A little change from the normal routine, or another hectic day at work, and before you can manage them all, your free time is gone. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stress could be the reason behind your weight loss measures getting sabotaged. Cortisol is a stress hormone released when your mind feels under pressure. The more is the regulation of the hormone, higher are your chances of fat storage inspite of you feeling hungry all the time.
How good is your Dieting scene?
When talking about including majorly healthy foods in your diet, it should be well balanced. If you thought to grab a prepacked detox drink or smoothie aids in your weight loss journey, you may have been misled. Just for your information, including whole, single-ingredient foods like wheat flour, oats flour, fresh fruits with low glucose-content, freshly made salads and anything that has no nutrition label on the package is better than any packaged food. They improve health while providing necessary nutrition like vitamins, minerals, and fiber while helping you stay full for a longer duration.
Did you cut down on Caffeine?
For those of you addicted to a good dose of Caffeine throughout the day, it’s easy to just sip, charge up, and forget. Just in case you notice yourself replacing caffeine by fruit drinks or dairy products, know that Diet Drinks or artificially-sweetened drinks also contain some amount of sugar. Not only that, if you think of giving yourself some break on the weekend and grab a mug of beer or alcoholic drink- maybe you should think again.
What does your workout routine include?
Exercising is one of the most vital elements of weight loss. Often weight loss experts advise sixty to ninety minutes of exercise each day. However, if you engage in a high-intensity workout, the duration drops to thirty minutes. It is important that you understand the concept of a structured exercise routine. Working out for one hour doesn’t erase the fact that you end up sitting for about seven to eight hours. That could be one of the reasons you’re having a bad time losing weight. Take regular breaks, go for short walks, stretch, allow movement on your elbows and shoulders.
Too much healthy food in your diet?
Weight loss is all about consuming your calories and using them to give your body the energy to physical strain. Too much healthy food is as bad as too little of it. Calorie intake differs from person to person, just like no two bodies can be the same. We recommend using a basic meal guide for weight loss, initially i.e. lean protein, complex carbs, and veggies sautéed in Olive oil. Also, always check the amount of nutrition you’re consuming before eating anything.
Lastly, if none of the above work, it would be in your best interest to get a medical check up done. Underlying medical conditions like Hypothyroidism, Corticosteroid medications, borderline Diabetes or any other lifestyle-related condition.
When you have a set Diet plan and are following all the workout schedule regularly, your weighing scale should show a drop when you step on it. Even after giving enough time, if it doesn’t you need to reassess and analyze a few unexpected reasons why you are not losing weight.