You’ve been cutting down on fatty foods, controlling your carbs and exercising diligently five days a week. So why aren’t you losing weight? It can be incredibly frustrating to keep checking the scale and discovering that it just hasn’t budged! From physical factors (age and genetics) to self-sabotage (eating mindlessly), here are 10 things that will derail your quest for a leaner, healthier body.
The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Fat and muscle tissues ‘eat up’ those calories all day long whether you’re running or sleeping. That is why men burn calories a lot faster than women; they have more muscle. What to do? More weights. You don’t need to get HUGE, but building and maintaining muscle yields better results in the long run.
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Genetics do play a role in our weight status. If both parents are obese, you are much more likely to be obese. That doesn’t mean, however, that you ever stop trying to find the right plan for your body type. Losing even just a few pounds makes you healthier and less likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer, The bottom line? You don’t have to be super-slim to improve your overall health.
You’re not getting any younger…
Gah! Those dreaded words! Sadly, our metabolism does indeed slow down the older we get. Leading a more sedentary lifestyle does not help, either! The first step? Get moving. Be aware of habits that lead you to slumping down in front of the T.V, or slouched over a desk for long periods of time. Even the smallest changes help – and in time, they can be good habits that help to boost your metabolism! Look out for foods and drinks that help to boost your metabolism naturally.
A variety of drugs that treat diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, inflammatory disease, birth control and more affect weight regulation. Some will make you even hungrier, while others stimulate your body to actually store fat. If you suspect that your meds are to blame, ask your Doctor or health care provider if an alternate drug or a lower dose could work. However, don’t change or stop your medications without discussing it a professional first!
You may simply be underestimating your portion size. What you may think may be a snack – may actually be closer to a whole meal! If you are unsure of your portion size, hold yourself accountable. Use measuring spoons, measuring cups and a food scale to guide you. Write down your daily intake. When you eat out, divide your meal in half, then see if you really are still hungry for the rest, or if it could be eaten the next day! Pay attention and read every food label for serving size and calories!
Stay healthy and beautiful!!
***Please consult with your doctor or health care advisor before embarking on any exercise or dietary changes.
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