6 Small Things That Is Preventing You to Lose Weight
You’re filling up on healthy foods and you exercise daily, but it seems every time you stand on the scale, your weight isn’t budging. This can be very frustrating, but it’s nothing permanent, and there is certainly nothing wrong with you. There could just be 6 small things that is getting in your way and your weight loss goals.
You have a medical condition
It’s sometimes rare but perhaps you might have an existing medical condition that you didn’t know may affect your weight loss efforts. For instance, excessive cortisol levels, polycystic ovary syndrome, glucose disorders, and hypothyroidism may affect losing weight because the body can’t produce enough hormones to contribute to weight management.
You’re using artificial sweeteners
Many people think that when they use artificial sweeteners with their coffee or other ingredients for foods that they’re avoiding the high calories of sugar. However, these artificial sweeteners may be sabotaging your weight loss rather than helping it. This is because they make your brain respond by telling you to eat more sugary foods and they throw your healthy gut bacteria off balance. This leads to glucose intolerance that may lead to diabetes.
You’re always stressed out
When you’re always stressed out the body produces a lot of cortisol stress hormones and this increases the appetite. This is why many stressed out people turn to food to comfort themselves. And not just any foods, but sugary or starchy foods because these calm down the stress, but adds more calories, and eventually more weight. This leads to the body storing these into visceral fat.
You’re not getting enough sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, the levels of your cortisol and ghrelin greatly increase. These are hormones that stimulate the sensations of hunger and appetite. In fact, lack of sleep can increase appetite by as much as 24 percent and the body will start craving candy, cookies, chips, bread, and pasta. There is also an 18 percent decrease in leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full longer. Lack of sleep will also make the body store body fat faster.