When you’re trying to loose weight, sometimes it’s not the extra serving that’s causing you to plateau. Do you consider yourself a healthy individual but are not dropping the extra lbs. no matter what? Consider that it may not be food getting in your way. As previously preached, a healthy lifestyle and shredding excess weight is a whole-istic job. Although food and it’s quality & quantity are huge, check out the 5 sneaky factors that could be putting the kibosh on your efforts:
They’re in the air, in our beauty products, cleaning products, and most importantly in and on our food. And guess what? TOXINS LIVE IN FAT and your body will not get rid of said fat if there are toxins needing housing arrangements. So lower the housing demand by lowering your toxin intake. While we can’t control airborne toxins or live in a bubble, we CAN choose to buy organic, non-gmo, high quality foods and products. In addition, help your body evict toxins by adding naturally detoxing foods and habits into your routine. Want the list? Sign-up for email updates and you’ll get it in the next newsletter.
You snooze, you loose…weight! Sleep deprivation elevates your levels of ghrelin (the hunger hormone), lowers leptin (the ‘I’m full’ hormone), and increases cravings for decadent treats. Lack of sleep also effects memory, ability to absorb/retain information, lowers libido, increases signs of aging, gives you the blues, and more. Bottom line: make sleep a priority and experience magic.
Stress increases the release of cortisol, the hormone that puts our bodies in ‘fight or flight’ mode. And while there are tons of claims that cortisol gives you belly fat, it also fires up our bodies to burn fat — so which is it? Well because cortisol can cause people to reach for high carb foods to counteract the stress feeling with a dopamine release, it contributes to weight gain and retention. The answer is to decrease stress overall. Try meditation, breathing exercises, yoga and/or journaling to feel centered, steady your cortisol levels, and lower stress-driven cravings.
Not only does sitting decrease the activity of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL), which helps burn fat, but recent studies have found that it actually shortens your life! Even if you hit the gym, your risks include high blood pressure, bone density loss, cardiovascular disease, and more. If I may be so bold, I believe regular, consistent daily movement is more impactful on weight-loss than fewer, short intense workouts. Try walking or riding your bike to work, taking the stairs, using a standing desk, taking active work breaks, anything to break up a day of sitting.
How good is your relationship with yourself? Do you speak to yourself with kind loving words of encouragement and understanding? Pay attention to not only what you are saying but also to the general tone of your inner dialog. In addition, make an effort to focus on all the GOOD that’s around you instead of focusing on what’s bad or going wrong. Positive thoughts release happy hormones, lower stress (see #2), and increase overall well-being.
After reading this list, it seems like it all should be second nature, right? Sometimes the hustle and bustle can lead us astray from “treating ourselves” to something as necessary as a good night sleep or a mid afternoon stroll. It’s up to you to take back your health by making sure you are giving enough TLC to your body, mind, and spirit. I invite you to try or up these suggestions and let me know what you change or notice in the comments below- I would love to hear from you!