A lot of men and women are close to their ideal weight. They may only have 2-6 kg or so to lose, but it just won’t budge. Is this you?
There are many reasons why this may be. It could be that the program you’re following is not right for you, or that you’re not following it as carefully as you think you are.
Other reasons include:
You have high cortisol levels
High levels of the stress hormone cortisol will absolutely stop fat loss in its tracks. If you wake up thinking of everything you have to do or you are racing from one appointment to another, chances are, you have higher than optimal cortisol levels.
Do you need coffee to function well? Do you race around after your kids, race to get to work, race to get tea and other things organised? Chronically high cortisol levels increase appetite, increase cravings for sugar and fat and increase fat storage. Find a way to switch off every day and get yourself organised.
You’re eating too much fat or other healthy foods
While I”m all for the Paleo style diet, you have to remember that just because its healthy, doesnt mean you can eat unlimited amounts of it. Foods such as nuts, coconut products, meats, eggs and seeds, while super, super healthy and extremely good for you, are all high calorie foods that need to be eaten in suitable amounts or they will cause you to gain weight and/or stop fat loss.
The overeating of these types of foods is becoming a massive contributor to stalled fat loss programs and even weight gain.
You’re not eating enough vegetables
Eating enough vegetables has many great benefits, all of which will contribute to fat loss or lack of fat storgae
Providing satiety (they make you feel full) is one benefit as is an increase in fibre intake
Lots of nutrients. The more nutrients you can get into your body, the healthier it will be in all ways. You’re also less likely to have cravings if you eat more vegetables, simply because you feel fuller and you’re providing your body with the nutrients it requires.
Some vegetables such as those from the Brassicaceae family (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, boc choy, etc) also help with oestrogen balance in your bodyimages
Your have an oestrogen imbalance
Many women, especially those of childbearing age or older, have an oestrogen dominance problem. Some causes of oestrogen dominance are; exercising too much, pesticides and plastics, soaps and other personal products and some of the chemicals they contain and even things such as carpet and furniture and the chemicals they expose us to. Diet plays a big part in controlling oestrogen dominance with one simple thing listed in the item above.
You don’t get enough sunlight on your exposed skin
Vitamin D acts like a hormone in our bodies and levels have been recorded as lower than ever, most likely due to the overuse of sunscreens and other habits employed to reduce sun exposure.
Low levels of Vitamin D have been associated with allergies, fatigue, cancer and yes, fat gain. You can supplement, but its not advised without the advice of your healthcare provider who should test your levels first. An easier way to ensure healthy levels is to expose your skin for a short time each day to direct sunlight. I’d avoid your face and neck though, don’t want to risk more wrinkles!! Remember, just a short exposure each day to your arms, legs and/or torso should do the trick. Try training outside for a double whammy of benefits.
You’re not getting enough sleep and/or good quality sleep
This is perhaps one of the most important but most neglected points. That is, lack of good quality sleep. In order for the hormones leptin and ghrelin to remain in balance, you absolutely must be getting enough good quality sleep. In simple terms, leptin tells us we are full and ghrelin tells us to eat.
Guess what! Lack of sleep causes a rise in ghrelin, meaning cravings and hunger and a drop in leptin.
Sort this out guys. Get the best quality sleep you can and aim for 7-8 hours a night. Any less, and you’re fighting an uphill battle.
So how did you fare? Got all this sorted? What could you improve that could make all the difference?
These are just some of the things that could be reasons why you’re not losing the body fat you think you should be.
Comment with the things you struggle with and email me if you need further information or help with any one of them.