Despite eating healthy, exercising most days, and already losing some weight – you just can’t seem to reach your target weight. What more do you have to do?!
Whilst these steps would help most people get to their desired bodyweight, for some people it simply isn’t enough. There may be many things that you do not even realize effect your weight loss plans, but here are 10 of the most common ones…
- . Being Sleep-Deprived.
You should be getting at least 7-8 hours of good quality sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, your blood sugar and insulin levels go up, along with your stress hormone levels! All of this can cause food cravings, becoming hungry, and insulin resistance.
- Using a Workout Session as an Excuse to Eat.
Eating whatever you want after a workout because you’ve “earned it” is simply an excuse that will get in the way of your weight-loss efforts. Rather plan your meals in accordance with your workout routine: Eat a healthy meal before your workout to use as fuel, then have a healthy snack afterwards for recovery.
- Issues With Your Thyroid Function.
Thyroid problems are some of the most undiagnosed problems that can prevent weight loss. If your thyroid function is not working right, it can have a massive impact on your metabolism, which can hinder weight loss even if you are following a healthy lifestyle.
- Eating Too Much Sugar Without Even Knowing It.
You might have cut out all the obvious sources of sugar like cake, cookies, donuts, and candy; but what about the sneaky sugar? Oftentimes there is sugar in foods where you’d least expect it. Yogurt, smoothies, and “healthy” snacks are often jam-packed with hidden sugars and can cause you to struggle with weight-loss.
- Being stressed out.
Being under constant stress releases high amounts of cortisol, which is the stress hormone. This can break down muscle mass, and also cause you to crave sweets and unhealthy foods. High cortisol levels also lowers stomach acid, which makes it difficult to digest food effectively.
- Training too hard.
However difficult this might be to get your head around, there is actually such a thing as training too hard. This often happens when you overdo a certain type of exercise, like cardio. It is best to stick to interval training, as this helps you maintain shorter, more powerful training sessions.
- Not eating enough fat.
Contrary to what many people believe, fat does not make you fat – that is if you are eating the right fats! Healthy fats like the ones found in avocado, fish, farm butter, coconut oil, and olive oil are great for your body and its functions and can help you lose weight.
- Being vitamin D-deficient.
Vitamin D is actually a pro-hormone that helps with many of the body’s functions and without it, you can’t burn fat. Eat plenty of vitamin D-rich foods like salmon, sardines and cow’s milk.
- Eating too late.
Eating too close to bedtime can be a weight-loss killer since your body has to store all of the energy from the food as fat seeing that it is not able to use it for any sort of activity. Make sure that you eat or snack no later than 3 hours before you go to bed.
- The yo-yo diet
Hopping on and off of the latest diet fads might help you lose a few quick kilograms, but in the long run the weight does not stay off, and you might actually end up gaining weight. A healthy, sustainable lifestyle is the way to go for successful weight loss.
For a healthy alternative to weight loss, follow the Manna Diet, but include the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets to each meal, because this product can help to control cravings and appetite without any side effect.
The first section of the free Manna Diet e-book explains why you might struggle with weight loss and what to do about it.