Are you struggling to lose weight? Sometimes, even when we work out regularly and follow the best meal plan, we may not see the scale budge. This can be due to obstacles we are unaware of that are keeping us from hitting our weight loss goals. As a transformational nutrition coach, I see these obstacles often. The good news is, they can be identified and addressed so that you can achieve the success you’re working so hard to achieve.
Here are three common obstacles and ways to break through them.
We all have different levels of stress associated with work, families and social lives, in addition to our health. That stress can accumulate or turn into anxiety, which increases your levels of cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone. This leads to belly fat, sugar binges and fat cravings, which all contribute to weight gain. Keep your stress in check by adopting some new techniques for reducing its impact on your life. Learn now to meditate, go for a walk outside, read an inspiring book, call a friend or employ deep breathing techniques.
Research shows that most Americans do not get enough sleep each night. This can be due to stress, health issues and an uncomfortable sleeping environment. When you don’t get adequate sleep, this throws off the hormones that impact your appetite, making you overeat and slowing down your metabolism. Aim to get seven to nine hours per night. Go to sleep early and transform your bedroom into a sleep haven with the most comfortable bed and bedding possible, blackout curtains and no devices in the vicinity.
This obstacle affects women more, as their bodies generally have greater fat and less muscle than men. Less muscle results in lower resting metabolic rates, which means less calories burnt overall. Increase your lean muscle mass by eating good sources of lean protein and implementing a regular strength training routine. In addition, stay away from any diets that put you into starvation mode, as they make it harder for your metabolism to function properly.
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