| Starving and Exercising and still nothing?! Feel like you're in Puffy Jail?
I found this in Mind Body Green and know that some of you have been voicing frustration at how hard (applause!) you are trying outside of class and the scale still isn't budging.
Are you eating well and exercising, but your weight just won't budge? Or it's going up? Desperate attempts to lose weight can be so frustrating and create a real stress in our lives. Oh, and stress makes us gain weight or hold onto the weight we want to shake! AARRGH!
Here are 14 reasons you may be hitting the wall with your weight...
1. Your hormones aren't balanced.
If you are fatigued, suffer from PMS
, experience irregular menstrual cycles, find it hard to lose weight, feel depressed or anxious, you may have a hormonal imbalance. See you Dr. to test it out
2. You're not getting enough Vitamin D.
A huge number of the population have low Vitamin D, which is associated with weight gain and several metabolic processes. If you spend much of your life indoors, get your Vitamin D checked with your doctor.
3. You're exercising, but not in a way that's benefiting your body!
You are either exercising too much or you need to mix it up a bit and give the body a bit of a shock. (Funnily enough, most people I see who over exercise tend to put on weight easily.) Enjoy a variety of workout techniques: weight training, Pilates, yoga
and interval training. Quick and hard bursts are good. And weight training is very helpful to raise your metabolism.
4. Your digestion and absorption is not optimal.
You are not what you eat; you are what you digest and absorb
! Our gut health will determine our overall wellbeing. The bacteria that lies in our gut helps us to fight disease, process our food, make nutrients and make hormones etc.
5. You're sitting on your ass all day.
6. You're eating too much.
7. You're not chewing your food.
Chewing your food until it's liquid will really help with weight loss
and better digestive performance.
8. You're stressed and not finding balance in your days.
Stress can impact your weight in a number of ways. Long term stress = high cortisol, which is linked to blood sugar imbalance and weight gain around the mid-section.
9. You're not sleeping enough.
Sleep = repair. When your body gets enough rest, it's able to perform.
10. You're a fad dieter.
11. You're eating out too much and not cooking at home.
12, You're not adding protein to your plate.
Protein is the satiety macronutrient that helps us to balance out blood sugars and therefore helps to control our weight
13. You're scared of good fats.
Don't be! Good fats are so so important to your brain and for making hormones. The body actually uses the good fats
14. Your liver is sluggish and you need a good cleanse!
If you're feeling low, tired, and moody and your diet contains alcohol, coffee and sugar, you need to give your body a break. When your liver is sluggish, it struggles to process substances/toxins/hormones efficiently and this leads to toxic build up and this will inevitably cause weight gain. You might benefit from a seasonal cleanse
(*Note - starvation isn't a cleanse, starvation holds onto food)