Spring is here!
You’ve been working hard to fulfill that weight loss resolution you made for the New Year when, all of a sudden, your hard work isn’t helping you lose any more weight!
You may have hit a weight-loss plateau.
Here are some common reasons why you may not be losing the weight you want:
- You’re not getting enough sleep
This can cause one to feel hungrier in the morning and increase your cravings for dense, high-calorie foods. Seep also causes one to feel fatigued throughout the day, which can make you feel less motivated to get up and go to the gym.
- You’re stressed out
Believe it or not, your stress levels can affect your weight-loss efforts. According to WebMD, an increase in stress means an increase in the cortisol hormone levels, which causes higher insulin levels. Higher insulin levels will cause blood sugar levels to spike and then drop, causing one to crave sugary and fatty foods. To help prevent this, learn what triggers your stress and take 5-10 minutes every day to practice deep breathing or learn about simple meditation.
- Your portion sizes are too big
You may be eating more than you think so, unless you’re counting every individual calorie, you aren’t going to lose weight if you’re consuming more than you’re burning. Since the calorie intake will need to be adjusted from when you first set your weight-loss goals, try further cutting your calories and matching them to your body’s current needs for weight loss.
- Your metabolism has slowed
The metabolism can slow down for a variety of reasons, but one of the main reasons is due to age; especially if you aren’t preserving your muscle mass. Try incorporating high-intensity training (HIIT) to challenge your body and help boost your metabolism.
- You don’t stick to your workout plan on the weekend
Eating healthy all week can cause you to want to cheat on the weekend and cut back on your exercise routine, both of which will hurt your weight loss goals.
Instead, give yourself a few treats and incorporate some moderate exercise in your day. Going on a walk or playing sports with a group of friends are two easy and enjoyable ways to get your body to move.
- You do the same workout every day and you’re doing too much cardio
When you do the same workout every day, your body adjusts to the exercise you’re doing. Hence, you will not see as many weight-loss benefits from your workout like when you first started exercising. Try switching up your workouts every two to five weeks to beat the plateau and see maximum results from your exercise regimen.
These were just a few reasons why you may not be losing the weight you want.
Read more here for more reasons why you may not be losing weight.
Don’t become disappointed when your weight-loss results suddenly decrease or come to a sudden stop. Instead, focus on everything YOU HAVE accomplished from your hard work. Hopefully, with a little extra push and finding out what is causing your plateau, you will reach those end goals you have been striving for.