You might think the only way to lose weight is to burn off the calories you consume with exercise and daily activity. While that formula is scientifically proven and does work, it doesn’t account for other reasons your workouts aren’t helping you to lose weight. Here are 5 other potential reasons you’re not seeing results:
“Oh, it’s just stress,” we say, like stress isn’t a bad thing. But mental stress can actually prevent you from staying healthy and maintaining your ideal weight. Try balancing stress out with meditation, yoga, long walks or music.
Lack of Sleep
Most people need 7+ hours of sleep a night to stay healthy, cognitively productive, and energetic. But according to the CDC, 35% of Americans are getting less than that. Without sleep, you won’t have adequate time to repair muscle, reduce stress or keep from getting sick.
In some people, foods like gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, and sugar can sometimes cause weight gain, bloating, skin issues, and gut issues. When eaten regularly, certain foods like these can lead to several health conditions. Look into the content of your food and consult your physician for more information.
When you’re surrounded by friends or family who like to indulge, it’s hard to say “no.” But with the right mindset and goals, respond to peer pressure with things like, “Thanks but I’m excited to stay committed to my new healthy living program,” or “Thanks but I’m actually full right now.” Stick to your goals and let your people know how important that is.
Lack of Support System
Even if you don’t like training with others, we all need a support system. It’s important to have friends, family, gym friends, nutritionists, therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists or even your boss on your team. Without a cheer squad, it can be that much easier to quit or go easy at the gym.
Caloric intake vs. outtake isn’t the only way to lose weight. Take a look at your stress management, sleep, diet, overall mindset, and your support system. This 360-degree approach will give you the motivation you need to make it happen!