Despite keeping on the straight and narrow – counting calories, getting enough exercise, and resisting temptation, many people find that they’re not losing weight as efficiently as they’d like. This can be extremely frustrating and confusing, and obviously, you’ll want to get to the root of the issue. Though many people aren’t aware of it, their failure to lose weight might be tied in with a number of seemingly random things they do throughout the day.
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You’re Constantly Eating Healthy
Annoyingly, focusing on making healthy diet decisions can be the reason you’re finding it hard to hit your weight-loss goals. If you think of the food you’re eating as a light choice, it can cause you brain to produce more of the hormone ghrelin. A higher concentration of ghrelin can make you feel less full than you are, and cause your metabolism to slow down significantly. Although a well-planned fast or cleanse to lose weight can help you towards your dieting goals massively, if you push denying your appetite a little too far, it can hurt, rather than help. In order to keep your ghrelin balanced, make a point of focussing on more indulgent parts of the meals you eat. Savor the nuts and cheese in your salad, rather than the leafy greens and tomatoes.
You’re Thinking About Exercise a Lot
If the next run or session at the gym is constantly on your mind, then on the surface, this can seem like a good thing. Unfortunately though, the reality is a little more complex. Studies have shown that simply thinking about exercising can cause you to eat up to 50% more than you usually would. This is rooted in a psychological trigger developed by people who try to lose weight over a long period of time. You think, through no fault of your own, that the upcoming workout you’re thinking about gives you a free pass to snack. This can cause certain calorie-rich foods to slip through the net, holding you back from the weight-loss goals you’re struggling towards. Make a point to avoid excessive munching regardless of how much you’re going to exercise in the near future. One of the best ways to do this is planning out some pre-exercise snacks, keeping to 150 calories or under.
You’re Not Catching Enough Z’s
A lot of people dissociate sleep from their exercise and weight-loss goals, but the amount of shut-eye you’re getting has a massive effect on these aspects of your health. Failing to sleep enough will push your brain into a carbs and fat craving survival mode, which in turn causes you to eat more. As busy as your schedule is, make a point to get enough sleep. For a week, go to bed seven and a half hours before you need to get up. If you wake up before your alarm goes off, then you can get by with slightly less sleep. If, on the other hand, you’re jerking awake and slapping the “snooze” button, you may need to start getting another few hours.
This is a contributed post.