Taking Too Long
Although losing weight can take time, there are many reasons why the process might be taking more time than it should. Alternatively, you could have started losing weight at a steady pace but at some point, the pace slows down or stops altogether. Weight loss is a process that combines physical activity and diet. You may be doing enough workouts but you’re not burning the required amounts of calories to achieve weight loss. Or perhaps you could be working out regularly, and eating a proper diet but you have a medical condition interfering with your objectives. Whatever the case, it’s worth visiting a medical spa in Hamilton and discovering what changes you need to make to get your desired results. Here are a few things to consider.
Lack of sleep could be contributing to increased weight. Many researchers have found a connection between sleep and obesity. An individual’s sleep pattern affects his or her hormone production. Leptin hormone affects appetite while ghrelin affects the rate at which calories are burnt, thus poor sleep patterns trigger weight gain. Additionally, people who sleep less tend to feel more tired, which affects their rate of workouts. Sleep deprivation tends to make you cranky, irritable and reduces your activity level, as well as food choices. Losing sleep may also make you feel hungry even if you’re not.
To make changes, consider going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, and avoid stimulants such as tea before bedtime.
Stress and weight gain go hand in hand. Being constantly stressed can contribute to a number of health problems, which include cravings, skipping exercises, and raising cortisol levels. Just like sleep deprivation, too much stress causes the overproduction of the cortisol hormone, which not only increases appetite but also causes additional abdominal fat storage. Being constantly stressed increases your craving for “comfort” foods, which are usually high in sugar and fat. Additionally, feeling tired and stressed makes exercising too daunting a task, as you’re already fatigued.
Make changes by constantly checking yourself and lowering tension levels to deal with stress. Try to be aware of your thoughts and if you catch yourself at a bad place, redirect your thoughts elsewhere. Mindful meditation is also a great way of calming your nerves. A counselor can help you identify stressors in your life, and how to manage them.
One of the determinants of weight loss is how many calories you’re burning compared to how many you’re consuming. Without tracking your eating habits, you may find yourself consuming more than you thought you do. Many people underestimate how much they eat, especially when going out. Find out how many calories your body needs and calculate how much you should consume. Keep a daily food diary and write down what you eat. You can use an online tracking program or your own notebook if you wish. Do this for at least one week, being as specific as possible about your portions, food labels, and additional nutritional information.
You Take Weekends Off
It’s quite common to find people following their diet and exercise regimen during the week, only to relax over the weekend. Treats are fine while on an occasional break, but letting go consistently every weekend could be harmful to your weight loss goals. Losing calories during the week and gaining them back over the weekend is akin to taking two steps forward and one step back. Avoid rewarding yourself with food and keep moving throughout the weekend.