You may be doing everything right when it comes to dieting, but, still not losing weight. Here are some things that can keep you from losing those pounds!
- You’re not drinking enough water: When you don’t drink enough water, your body retains it. That means extra weight and bloat. If you can’t seem to remember to drink your water, download a hydration app and drink up!
- You aren’t getting enough sleep: Our body produces two important hormones while we sleep -- leptin and adiponectin. Leptin is a natural appetite suppressant, and adiponectin helps regulate insulin in the body. If you don’t get enough sleep, you end up craving fat and carbohydrates that can’t be processed properly.
- You're stressed: Stress produces cortisol, and cortisol is responsible for visceral fat in the body – the bad fat that usually makes its home around your midsection. Stress can also cause cravings and emotional snacking.
- You're working out too much: Exercise also produces cortisol, because it causes stress in your body. If you exercise too much -- combined with your stress -- your body can start holding on to water and fat because there is just way too much cortisol in your system.
- You aren’t weight training: Cardio is great for burning calories right away. But if you don’t build muscle, you can’t improve your metabolism and enjoy a continued calorie burn -- even at rest.
- You're overeating after working out: Working out is not an excuse to eat more. Make sure you are tracking your food intake -- because even that protein shake after a workout could be adding more calories to your diet than you realize.
- You’re not eating enough: If you don’t eat enough your body will go into starvation mode and your metabolism will slow way down -- making it next to impossible to drop weight. (Guest of a Guest)