Weight loss tips

Losing weight in summer is hard enough, add the cold of winter and it’s a downhill battle! If you’re like thousands who go out of their way to reduce your pants size, but nothing seems to be happening, we understand. Regardless of how much time you spend on the treadmill or how many salads you eat, you just can’t seem to drop the kilogrammes.

Not sure why? Here are a few key factors which could explain your lack of weight loss:

1. You’re not getting enough sleep

It’s extremely important to ensure that you get enough rest at night. If not, your cortisol levels will rise and your insulin sensitivity decreases, leading to weight gain or difficulty losing weight.

 

2. You may be too stressed

Living demanding lifestyles leads to excessive stress, which then results in elevated cortisol levels above the norm. This can lead to weight retention and related health issues. Thus, it’s important to exercise on a regular basis or do something you really enjoy, even if it’s only 20 minutes per day.

 

3. You’re eating foods which “seem” healthy

It’s acceptable to eat anything in moderation; regardless of how unhealthy it may seem. Consuming nuts during the day may seem like the healthiest food choice, but eating too many means you’re consuming too many calories per day. Superfoods are great in moderation. Too much of it can prevent you from losing weight.

Read: 5 Winter Workout Tips: How To Stay Motivated To Exercise

4. You’re drinking too many fluids

Unless you’re drinking plenty of water, you should regulate your intake of any other fluids; including coffee, tea, as well as fruit juice and sodas. The extra hot chocolate at work may be one too many, which is why it’s important to ensure that the majority of daily fluids consists of water.

 

5. You tend to eat too much

Although this may not seem like a hard one to figure out, you may not even know what you’re consuming on a daily basis. Eating a salad may seem healthy, but you’d be surprised at how many calories could be present. Although everyone’s body works different, the 40/40/20 ratio tends to work the majority of the time. 40% of your daily intake should consist of carbs, 40% should be protein, and 20% should be fat. If you struggle to regulate what it is that you’re eating, start a food journal. It gives you a great insight into your daily food habits and how you can change them.

 

6. You don’t eat enough protein

If you’re already working out, it’s important to consume protein rich foods for muscle repair and growth. However, protein-rich foods such as eggs also help you feel less hungry for longer; maintaining your glucose levels, muscle-to-fat ratio, and your body’s blood lipids.

 

7. Your workout intensity is low

Going to the gym requires more than just lifting a few weights and stretching. You need to create an extreme energy demand in order to break a sweat, mixing it up every week. Doing the same workout on a weekly basis will result in your body getting used to your workout, which leads to time wasted in the gym. Don’t be afraid to sweat. Women won’t bulk like men unless they include certain supplements. It’ll only make your booty look more firm and give your overall appearance a boost.

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Zenka Hattingh

Content Developer & Marketing Manager