Having trouble losing weight? Trying everything under the sun and it’s just not happening or you?
Are you seeing a ‘yo yo’ up and down with your weight?
Here are some recommendations and reasons why it may not be working for you
1) You’re under eating or have tried too many low calorie/starvation diets
This is mistake that a lot of dieters make. Just because you’re on a “diet” doesn’t mean you have to eat tiny morsels for each meal. Eating very little makes your body store whatever you eat as fat — just the opposite of what you want. It also causes your metabolism to slow down, making it more difficult for you to lose weight.
You could be just not eating enough to support your energy requirements, or tried so many diets in the past which are so low calorie that has now negatively affected your metabolism.
I recommend you seek professional help from a qualified nutritionist & naturopath like we have on our Hormone Empowerment program who can teach you how to heal your relationship with food, and to help you nourish your body with real natural whole foods.
If you would like to chat to me about exercise and let me know what you are currently doing and give me an idea of your current lifestyle, I can also help you with that and we can see if your current exercise is helping you or not.
2) You’re too stressed
When you are stressed your body going into the ‘fight or fight’ response. When this happens regularly your body releases cortisol, a fat storing hormone. It’s important to put aside 10-15 minutes each day for yourself to unwind and de-stress! Many of us say we aren’t stressed – but stress doesn’t just come from emotional stress and triggers, it can come from foods, drinks, suppressed emotions, over exercising. So it’s a whole picture of things that we look when we assess your health.
3) Hormonal Imbalance
Hormonal imbalances can hugely affect weight loss. Conditions such as PCOS for example can cause insulin resistance which can cause weight gain, making it harder for you to lose weight. Your Thyroid could also be the problem, we do hormone testing in our program so we can get a complete picture of what is going on so we can then fix the issue.
Absorbing environmental oestrogens is another factor to consider which can lead to ostrogen dominance. Environmental oestrogens are known as xenoestrogens, these are synthetic chemicals found in plastics, fertilizers, detergents and cosmetics. It is believed that these xenoestrogens can mimic our bodies natural oestrogens. Excess oestrogen can result in weight gain in both men and women.
Ditch the plastic drink bottles (including BPA free ones!) and lunch containers and opt for glass or stainless steel instead would be a good start.
4) You’re not getting enough sleep
A lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep may be hindering your weight loss goals.
Get a solid 8 hours of sleep each night if you can. Create a healthy sleep routine. Turn off devices and phones etc just before bed, drink a relaxing herbal tea, read a book, get some ‘down’ time before bed and relax – it’s not the time for stimulation.
5) You’re over-exercising
Exercising is still important for weight loss but if you are a busy, stressed or an anxious person, and you’re not getting adequate sleep your body’s stress response will be increased, then if you do stress exercise (i.e. do a HIIT session) regularly – your body is going to pump out even more cortisol (hello fat storage) preventing you from losing weight.
Try limiting HIIT to 1-2 days a week and for no longer than say around 20 minutes. On other days do restorative practices such as yoga, walking, pilates, or strength training (so important to strength train!)