Watch This Video To See Why You May Be Weight Loss Resistant
You have been working out consistently, eating the right foods, but the scale doesn’t seem to budge. Honestly many of us have been there, and it can be extremely frustrating. When you aren’t getting the results you want even though you are putting in the effort, it’s extremely discouraging.
You’ve tried everything and nothing seems to be working. So what’s the solution? Well, to fix the problem you need to know the cause. Figuring out why you’re stuck can be a bit tricky, but there are a few common reasons. Here are some common reasons why you might be weight loss resistant.
#1: You’re Undereating
This one may be surprising to many of you, but it’s a major reason why some people are weight loss resistant.
If you’re consuming too few of good quality calories your body essentially goes into starvation mode and receives the message that it needs to protect itself. This means holding onto weight for protection’s sake.
The body perceives reduced calorie intake as a stressor. When we are stressed we produce high levels of cortisol and adrenaline. These stress hormones cause our bodies to slow down the rate at which we burn calories. Stress hinders not only our metabolism but the efficiency of our digestion, as well.
So consider taking a look at what, how and why you’re eating. Are the calories you’re taking in nutrient dense? Are you choosing the foods that will keep your blood sugar in check? Are you honoring your hunger, tuning into your body and stopping when full? Doing so, you’ll be caring for yourself in a way that will help you to experience sustainable results.
#2: You’re Over Exercising
Those rest days are just as important as those gym days, so make sure not to skip them! Just like under eating, over-exercising can cause you to hang onto weight due to an increased amount of stress hormones in your body.
Everyone is different. We all have unique bodies and diverse capacities for exercise. So what works well for one person may not work well for you.
Tune into your body. Exercise should leave you feeling energetic, clear-headed and focused. If you find yourself feeling depleted every single day, one place to look is your movement. How long do you exercise? What type of exercise are you doing?
If you’re consistently overtired consider incorporating restorative movement rather than intense exercise into your day. Restorative movement includes slower types of exercise such as walking, yoga, tai chi or swimming. Experiment to find your sweet spot with movement – incorporate just the right amount so you stoke your metabolism rather than burning it out with stress hormones.
#3: Deficient in Essential Fatty Acids
Fat is not the enemy. In fact, fat is essential for our bodies to function properly and well. If you’re someone who is over-focused on a fat free lifestyle you just might be getting the opposite of what you are seeking – inability to shed pounds.
Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are fats that our body needs for proper health and function. Common food sources include cold-water fish, such as salmon, herring and mackerel and vegetarian sources such as almonds, flax, hemp, walnuts, dark leafy green vegetables, whole grains and olive oil.
Lack of essential fatty acids in the body can trigger the body to store weight and resist weight loss. In fact, inability to lose weight has long been known to be a symptom of EFA deficiency. EFAs are the building blocks of many hormones in the body. Avoiding fat negatively impacts hormonal health and, therefore, challenges your metabolism. The bottom line is weight resistance can result from too little fat, not too much of it.
While these aren’t the only reasons you may be weight loss resistant, starting here and adjusting these areas may put you on the right track. Try your best to identify the root of the problem and then go from there. Everyone’s body is different, your stressors are different, your story is different, even the microbiome in your gut is different; all unique to you. so experiment a little.
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