Weight loss can be difficult when you work against your body. Here are six common reasons you’re making it harder on yourself to slim down.
You’re Always Working Out
Back-to-back cardio classes sound like a great idea, but over time, they can work against you.
That’s because overtraining makes post-workout difficult and gives you a really big appetite. Over-exercising can put your body into a chronic state of shock. Your stress hormone levels rise, you experience extra fatigue and brain fog, and your appetite and hunger soar. For most women trying to lose weight, it’s best to cap your exercise at 45 minutes to an hour, 5-6 days a week.
You’re Following Your Friend’s Diet
At Hanley’s we see this all the time. When it comes to losing weight, everyone is completely unique. What worked for your friends isn’t necessarily going to give you the same results because everyone has different amounts of muscle, body composition and hormones.
You’re the Cardio King/Queen
While cardio helps you burn calories in the gym, strength training keeps you burning more calories over the following 24 hours. Your workouts should turn your body into a fat-burning machine. Unlike cardio, resistance training builds muscle, which is the single greatest asset you have in revving your metabolism. So to get max results, make sure you combine a combination of cardio and weight training, along with a healthy diet.
You Avoid Carbs and Fat
Stop stressing over the carbs versus fat debate. You really need both of these nutrients to lose weight .Start focusing on portion size rather than cutting back on a single nutrient.
You’re Not Eating Enough
Women often think that they need to cut more calories than they really do to lose weight. The difference between maintaining and losing weight is only about 500 calories a day. Cutting that amount from your daily intake (or even fewer, if you increase your exercise) really isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things.
However, cutting more calories than that could make weight loss more difficult. When you don’t eat enough, your metabolism actually slows and you wind up bingeing. You’re more apt to store those calories as fat.
You Run on Minimal Sleep
It doesn’t matter how well you function on 6 hours of rest or that you woke up early to work out, losing weight is soooo much harder when you don’t get enough sleep. Just 4 days of sleeping 4.5 hours per night can reduce the body’s insulin sensitivity, increasing the risk for fat storage.