4 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight
There’s lot of reasons you may be having a difficult time losing weight. There is confusing and misleading information when it comes to the subject. Some people may be trying to take advantage of you to sell you a product or service. Others may just be repeating wrong information they’ve learned in school, from a professional or online. I’m here to set the record straight. Here are my top 4 reasons your not losing weight.
- You’re not eating the right food.
There is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to what to eat. There are diet foods, diet sodas that claim they can help you lose weight. The truth is most of them may actually make you fatter. There is a misconception that calories are the most important factor when it comes to weight loss. That weight loss is just calories in vs calories out. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The kind of food you eat plays the biggest role in weight loss. 1200 calories of soda and 1200 calories of spinach do different things to your body and hormones. The sugar in the soda would raise your insulin levels. Insulin is the fat storing hormone. Spinach on the other hand is packed full vitamins and minerals that will support weight loss. To keep it simple you should be eating real whole food or like your grandparents called it food. The average American diet is highly processed and not actually food. It’s more of a food like substance. The majority of your diet should be organic vegetables, organic grass fed protein, wild seafood, healthy organic oils and a limited amount of organic fruits and starches while trying to lose weight. The government got it wrong with the food guide pyramid years ago by putting grains, breads, pasta and cereal on the bottom of the pyramid suggesting that you should get more servings of them then anything else. We now know that this category should actually be near the top, if at all on the pyramid, and vegetables should be on the bottom.
This is the old pyramid.
This is an updated version from Dr. Mark Hyman-Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine http://drhyman.com/blog/2016/02/26/how-our-government-made-us-fat-and-sick/
- You’re not exercising to maximize weight loss
Like I said it’s not just calories in vs. calories out. Over training or over stressing your body can make you gain weight. Hormones like cortisol are released during times of stress and make it very difficult to lose weight. There is a lot of misinformation on exercise and it can be very confusing. Many people think cardio is the best way but it is actually resistance training. Specifically lifting heavy weights will release hormones to release your stored fat to use as energy. Squats and deadlifts are two of the best exercises to lose weight and build muscle. Another great type of exercise is hiit training. Hiit stands for high intensity interval training. The key is to push your self as hard as you can for usually a short amount of time, like sprinting as fast as you can. You shouldn’t be doing this type of training every day though. More isn’t always better. You need lower impact days or rest days. Listen to your body.
- You’re not getting enough sleep
Sleep is when your body heals itself. It is when it recovers from the exercise you did that day. You don’t get in shape at the gym you get in shape when you’re sleeping. Sleep is an anabolic state. That means it builds you up and repairs you. Hormones that burn fat and give you energy are released during sleep. There are studies that show that people who get less than 6 hours of sleep lose less weight and body fat than people who get at least 8 hours of sleep.
- You need to drink more water
If you’re even 2% dehydrated you can experience fatigue, weakness, muscle cramps, dizziness and headaches. These are the less serious symptoms of dehydration. Your metabolism will actually slow down if you are dehydrated making it harder to lose weight. Your blood is made mostly of water and makes it flow through your body faster allowing your body to function optimally. You need to drink extra water when: you exercise, drink caffeine or alcohol and when it’s hot outside. You also want high quality water. Spring water is best.
Follow these tips and get back on track to losing weight. For questions or a free consultation contact me at sincitytraining.com
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