Losing weight is tough; there’s no doubt about it. Once we gain a few pounds, it can seem like they hold onto our bodies and refuse to let go almost no matter how hard we try to work them off. It can be more than a little discouraging, and sometimes it can even feel downright impossible.
While we often think that we are doing everything we can in order to lose those stubborn pounds, we are sometimes keeping habits that are negating the weight loss process. Take a look at these surprising and unexpected ways that you may be unintentionally sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
You Have a Lot of Stress
Stress is bad for more than just your mind. It can physically harm your body as well. When your stress levels are high, your hormones get a little out of whack. Specifically, your stress hormone sees a significant rise, and because of it, your body doesn’t have the proper ratio of hormones. This can cause significant weight gain, especially in the stomach area. If you can’t lose weight, and are also stressed at home or work, try making stress relief a tactic and see if the results change.
You Aren’t Sleeping
A lot of people don’t realize how important sleep really is until it becomes a problem. Your body cannot do without sleep. It needs it not only for rest, but also for the body to function properly. When you don’t get enough, the entire body can slow down. Things like the immune system and metabolism might take a nose dive. If your lifestyle is otherwise healthy, but your sleeping habits are askew, try setting a bedtime and sticking to it to see if your weight loss efforts see a rise.
Your Workout Routine is Predictable
As you probably already know, our bodies plateau from time to time. We may be making significant gains only to find ourselves reach a point and then stop moving forward. While this happens and is natural, you may find that your particular plateau is lasting much longer than you want or anticipated. When this happens, take a look at your workout routine. Is it extremely predictable? Are you doing the same things in the same order over and over again? If so, try changing it up. Your body needs new challenges from time to time. It needs to be worked and pushed to its limits. Though you might be working out religiously, not changing it up often enough can lead to a decline in weight loss efforts.
For those on the path to weight loss, it can sometimes get discouraging. Luckily, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Use these ideas to look at your own lifestyle to see whether you are getting in the way of your own efforts. If so, make a plan, and get to it to see some real and lasting results.
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