Some people have tried every diet program or bought every exercise DVD on the market. Many times they have lost weight and then the weight loss suddenly stops.
The facts are that weight loss is more complicated than most people think it is. It is not just about cutting calories or spending more time in the gym.
When the weight loss suddenly stops take a look at these 5 things and see if any of these could be causing that plateau.
First let’s talk real quickly about your fat cells.
Researchers are constantly studying weight loss and what makes it work and what doesn’t. People at one point thought fat cells where just these cells that didn’t cost us anything or hurt us in anyway. We didn’t have to feed the fat and it was just there on our body.
Now we know that fat cells have a more important role than just being stored energy for us to use at a later time.
We know that fat cells send out molecules called adipokines that can either stimulate weight loss or increase inflammation in your body.
They are also able to communicate with what is called immature fat cells that stimulate these pre-fat cells to start growing into full-fledged fat cells.
The goal is to maximize our fat cells ability to release fat burning hormones such as Leptin and Adiponectin.
Here Are 5 Habits That May Be Causing A Weight Loss Plateau
1. Not Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep researchers have shown could cause in increase in weight gain by decreasing the fat burning hormone Leptin that I mentioned earlier.
When your Leptin levels decrease it could cause an increase in appetite and calorie consumption.
Something else happens when you are sleep deprived and that is you crave high fat foods instead of healthier options.
Work towards getting at least 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, which will boost Leptin levels and potentially reduce your appetite.
2. Avoiding Green Tea
Did you know that next to water Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world and has been shown to improve many different aspects of your health and wellness.
It has also been shown through research to shrink your waist and help to stop the process of creating new mature fat cells. (Remember that section I discussed earlier?)
Try drinking one cup per day of green tea to help prevent fat cell development.
3. Not Making Enough Time For The Gym
If lack of time is an issue with getting in your workouts then weight loss could slow down. The power of exercise is that it has been shown to increase adiponectin levels (fat burning hormone) by as much as 260% after just 3 or 4 workouts.
If you just don’t have much time try high-intensity interval training as this can maximize the calories burned during AND after your workout. The best part is you can be in and out of the gym in 30 minutes.
4. You Avoid Too Many Carbs
Carbohydrates as we know can cause many health issues. The reality of it though is that it is because we just eat too many carbs. We do know that low carb diets can be effective for weight loss and research shows us that eating carbs at the right time and in the right doses can be effective at accelerating weight loss.
Keeping your complex carb intake to the morning or after a workout and then only having fruits and vegetables for carb intake later in the day may boost your fat burning potential.
One fruit that has been shown to boost the fat burning hormone adiponectin is raspberries. Be sure to add those to your meal plans.
5. You Avoid Eating Fish
For some the taste of fish just isn’t something they enjoy, but science tells us that fish contains many healthy properties and can improve cardiovascular health, eye health and brain health.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish has been shown to increase adiponectin levels (fat burning hormone) in your body.
Try to include fish 2-3x a week to boost your adiponectin levels, but if you just can’t do that a good Omega-3 supplement can provide many of the same benefits as eating fish.
By making small changes and finding out what works for you and your body is a formula for long-term weight loss and enjoyment.
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