You’re watching what you eat. You’re skipping the splurges. You’re going to the gym. But, you’re still not losing weight. Does this sound familiar?
The solution isn’t extensive fasting and backbreaking workouts. That kind of crazy extremes might give you results momentarily. Unfortunately, they typically lead to extreme regression. You could end up putting on weight rather than losing it, as has been the case for many of the Biggest Loser participants!
If you’ve made a resolution to lose weight in 2017, that’s great! Just don’t make it any harder than it has to be. Your body could be facing some serious roadblocks that no amount of veggies or time on the treadmill can correct.
1. You’re Not Sleeping Enough
Sleep is one of the most important daily activities for your overall health. Being sleep deprived can affect your daily performance, your mood, and your body’s ability to lose weight.
Just how much does sleep deprivation affect your ability to lose weight? The Annals of Internal Medicine found individuals who cut back on sleep lost half the fat of those who received a full night’s rest.
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Lack of sleep can also increase your food cravings. The Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University found acute sleep loss enhances the brain’s underlying drive to consume food, regardless of hunger levels.
Getting more sleep isn’t easy. A practical way to start is to go to bed 15 minutes earlier per week until you find you feel refreshed and alert the next day. Going to bed an hour earlier cold-turkey will be frustrating. Take small steps.
2. Your Metabolism Isn’t Functioning at its Optimal Level
Your metabolism is the process of breaking down food into energy. When functioning correctly, your metabolism allows you to burn all the fuel (aka food) you put into your body.
Unfortunately, a variety of factors can cause your metabolism not to function efficiently. One of the most common causes is a hormone imbalance. Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. When they are out of whack, they send the wrong message. These miscommunications can keep your body from healing, negatively impact your mood, and cause you to hold onto unwanted body fat.
You can help your metabolism by sleeping more, quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol, and exercising regularly. Unfortunately, sometimes these steps aren’t enough and you need the help of a medical professional. Our doctors at Tru Health take a holistic approach to your health, but we will provide traditional medicine when it is appropriate to keep you healthy.
3. Your Sad
Don’t think your mood can affect your ability to lose weight? Think again. The 2010 study, “Overweight, obesity, and depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies,” depression was directly linked to developing obesity.
Depression can contribute to weight gain because it can cause you to:
Lose interest in daily activities
Indulge in comfort food
Everyone has days where they feel down, that’s natural. If you do, tell your family or a close friend – connect and find an outing or activity that brings you joy. When you’re not feeling sad, make a list of things you can do that you enjoy so you have a list of activities you can try when you are under the weather.
There has recently been increasing evidence that links vitamin D with depression. By optimizing your vitamin D levels, you can help improve your mood and achieve your weight loss goals.
If you consistently feel sad for longer periods of time it’s even more important to talk with your doctor. It’s ok to ask for help.
4. You Don’t Have Enough Energy to Workout
While working out isn’t the only key to losing weight, it can certainly help the process along. Unfortunately, if you’re too tired to get yourself moving, fitting in a workout might not seem like an option.
One of the primary culprits of depleted energy is a vitamin deficiency. These deficiencies can:
Put your immune system at risk
Cause you to wake up without feeling rested after a full night’s sleep
Reduce recovery times
Affect your mood
Make your body hold onto excess weight
A recent study spearheaded by the University of Milan’s Dr. Luisella Vigna found that providing vitamin D supplements to overweight individuals resulted in weight loss. Furthermore, the University of Maryland Medical Center closely linked B12 deficiencies to fatigue, shortness of breath, and nervousness. Correcting these deficiencies can help you increase your energy and maximize your workout.
Before you change any supplements you currently taking, check with your provider or contact our naturopathic medical doctors to make sure you’re safely getting what you need to be your best.
5. You Think You’re Eating Healthy, but Your Not
Nutrition plans aren’t one size fits all. Everyone’s body is different. You may think you’re eating a healthy, well-balanced diet filled with whole grains and veggies. Unfortunately, your metabolic makeup might mean your body needs more protein or fruits. It could be that you’ve cut too much fat out of your diet or not enough.
If you’re not seeing the results you want, it might be that your meal plan isn’t tailored to your needs. Choose My Plate is a great place to start, but don’t be ashamed of asking your doctor for help planning your meals. There’s never a silver bullet, even in nutrition.
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Overcome Those Sneaky Hazards
Don’t just settle for good enough. Achieve the results you want. The Naturopathic doctors at Tru Health can help you optimize your vitamin levels, improve your sleep quality, and fine tune your meal plan to achieve your weight loss goals.
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