You seem to be doing everything right. You’re logging everything you eat in a food journal, you’re keeping track of caloric intake, and you’re exercising regularly. However, much to your frustration, you’re still not losing weight! Could there be another factor at play, that is impeding your success?
Actually, yes. There are several reasons that following a solid weight loss plan might not result in the changes you hoped to see. One of the following factors could be interfering with your plans.
Stress. When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that encourages body fat storage. And since cortisol has been linked with other serious health issues, you should really take the necessary steps to reduce your stress.
Sleep problems. Speaking of cortisol, getting enough sleep will reduce the levels while also increasing production of certain growth hormones. Now, we know what you’re thinking: “I’m not trying to grow!” But in adults, “growth hormones” simply refers to those that encourage fat loss, support your immune system, and help organs function properly. Sleep also impacts hormones that control hunger, so when you’re sleep-deprived it can be harder to stick with your dietary plans.
You don’t eat enough fiber. Fiber keeps you feeling full, making it easier to stick to a lower-calorie diet, and also aids digestion. Most Americans are lacking in the types of fiber found in fruits and vegetables, so remember to stock up in the produce section or at the farmer’s market.
Water intake. Yes, you’ve heard it a million times, but we’re saying it again. Water supports digestion, kidney function, and liver health. Without enough water, your liver can’t metabolize fat efficiently. Make water consumption a high priority in your weight loss plan.
Digestive issues. Gut health is linked to a number of health problems, and we don’t even fully understand all of them yet. We do know that a healthy gut can help you lose weight, clear up your skin, and boost your immune system. Schedule an appointment with us, and we can review your diet and health needs. A few changes can go a long way toward developing a healthier digestive tract, and support your weight loss goals.