Here are 3 reasons you’re not losing weight despite eating healthy and exercising:
Hormone Imbalances – When your hormones are out of whack, so is everything else. Hormonal imbalances such as excess estrogen or low progesterone or testosterone, insulin resistance, or cortisol dysregulation can all contribute to your inability to efficiently lose weight and can even cause weight gain.
Non-Restorative Sleep – Lack of sleep or poor sleep can cause your hunger hormones to go crazy, resulting in an increased appetite and frequent sugar cravings. If you give in to those cravings, you could easily intake more calories than you need for effective weight loss. In addition, poor sleep makes you miss out on adequate exercise recovery and prevents you from building muscle.
Uncontrolled Stress – Stress is a major factor for ‘unexplained’ weight gain. If you’re not handling stress well, it can drive up your weight, especially in the belly area. Be mindful to take breaks, meditate, and off-load things when you can so you can keep your stress in check. Remember, no is a complete sentence.
Many women believe it is strictly calories in vs. calories out when it comes to effective weight loss. But that’s only part of the picture. Having a high-functioning metabolism and healthy hormones, getting good sleep, and managing stress influence the rate at which you achieve your results.
What steps have you been taking to manage your stress, get more sleep, or keep your hormones in balance? What questions do you have about doing these things more effectively?