A lot can be due to various lifestyle factors that can affect our hormones and thus prevent us from achieving the best results.
RM Trainer give some reasons that may justify the fact that you may have stagnated in your weight loss fight.
Too much cardio exercise
It's not by spending 1 hour a day on the treadmill that you will lose that little belly. Did you know that long workouts can even be harmful? The body views exercise as stress, and stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol, which degrades energy stores for immediate use.
Several studies show that training with short, high intensity intervals increases the fat burning potential. So maybe it's a good idea to include sprints in your training, such as strength exercises.
Any type of stress (physical, emotional, chemical) makes body go into a protective state. This results in a change of hormone levels and the body shuts down all processes that are not immediately necessary for survival. Part of the stress response, as stated above, is cortisol production. Again, this is perfectly healthy, unless the stress is chronic, in which case the result is increased storage of fat, especially unwanted fat in the belly area.
Don't get sleep enough
Lack of sleep is an often overlooked source of health problems. That's because our sleep patterns have a big impact on our hormone levels. Several studies show that poor sleep habits lead to weight gain and some studies show that the biggest spike in fat-burning hormones occurs during deep sleep.
Restricting too much calories
Supposedly restricting calories will help you lose weight, so restricting a huge amount of calories will help you lose more weight and faster. But unfortunately, the body sees severe calorie restriction as starvation and will eventually turn against itself, going into survival defense by fighting to keep the calories it eats.
Not getting fat enough
When it comes to nutrition, we have to distinguish between healthy fat and unhealthy fats. Unhealthy fats are trans fats and processed fats that are used for the production of processed foods. Healthy fats, on the other hand (fats from fish, nuts, coconut, animal meats, eggs, avocados, olives, etc.), are a necessary part of healthy cell function. Contrary to what you might think, healthy fats don't translate into extra pounds. Consuming healthy fats instead of sugar gives us energy, keeps us full longer and causes the body to burn stored fat.
Too many diet and light foods
Most dietary foods contain some form of GMS, which is also known as yeast extract, glutamic acid and protein hydrolyzate, among others. This chemical has been used in obesity research to induce obesity in rats. It causes an increase in insulin levels in animals and humans, which causes the body to store fat. Other chemicals in dietary foods can sabotage your weight loss efforts too, such as sugars, artificial trans fats, and natural flavors.
Too many carbs
The typical diet consists of large amounts of processed carbohydrates that wreak havoc on our bodies by increasing insulin levels. Over time, fat cells become resistant to insulin making it nearly impossible for the body to burn fat no matter how much you exercise.
Many dietitians make fruit sweet (low-calorie snack), but the sugar in fruit (like all carbohydrates) is broken down to glucose in the small intestine. The presence of glucose in the bloodstream causes the release of insulin from the pancreas and stores excess glucose as fat. If you are trying to lose weight, your fruit intake should be limited to fruits that are low in carbohydrates and high in antioxidants.
In short, the best way to lose weight in a healthy way is to eat real food, train regularly, get adequate sleep and find a way to manage stress.
Can you identify with these reasons for not losing weight? Are you making the same mistakes?
Not mastering these areas, RM Trainer obviously advises you to seek professional help, both in terms of training and nutrition, so that you can achieve the best results, but in a safe way.
Think about what you are doing with your health!