It’s the beginning of a new year again! Maybe you are thinking, “This is it! This is the year I’m really going to get in shape!”
Then, there’s that little voice inside of you that tells you that this year is no different. You’ve tried all kinds of diets and all kinds of exercise plans in the past and you still can’t lose weight. Well, this year really can be different. Why?
Because we are going to examine three reasons why you and so many others are not losing weight with exercise. The good news is that the problem doesn’t have to be a permanent one.
Why It’s Not Working
There are a number of reasons why you may not be losing weight with exercise, but we will discuss just three of the most common.
You may be reaching for that diet soda or low-sugar cookie in an effort to save a few calories. However, studies have shown that those who consume artificial sweeteners often eat more calories than those who do not, and put themselves at risk for weight gain.
In addition, the body raises insulin levels after ingesting artificial sweeteners, which may lead to type 2 diabetes. The inability to process sugars properly, such as in the case of diabetic patients, often leads to packing on the pounds.
Bottom line: avoid artificial sweeteners. Drink water instead of soda. If you must have something a little sweet, opt for a natural form of sugar. Try a piece of fruit, such as an apple or a banana.
While you may think that skipping a meal or two will help you save few calories, it’s really one of those situations where you will have won the battle, but lost the war. Skipping meals slows the metabolism down. The body will go into a catabolic state, which means it will break down muscle for energy, not fat. This is especially noteworthy since muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue.
People also tend to make poor nutritional decisions when they have skipped a meal. The body needs a steady supply of energy to operate efficiently. When it has been deprived of that energy it will reach for the quickest form possible when it becomes available. That often translates into fast-burning sugars that are contained in junk food.
Bottom line: Eat regular, nutritional meals to maintain a healthy metabolism.
Adrenal fatigue is getting more recognition in the medical community. Adrenal fatigue occurs when chronic stress, whether physical or emotional, causes the adrenal glands to function at a less-than-optimal level. As you might have guessed, one the most pronounced symptoms is fatigue. Patients with adrenal fatigue often find themselves unable to function on a day-to-day basis.
When the body is in this condition of severe fatigue, we often try to charge the adrenals through the use of stimulants like caffeine and sugar, or by exercise. If you find yourself full of energy after exercise, then drained for hours, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. This is your body’s less than subtle way of telling you to slow down.
The release of many feel-good hormones during exercise puts a strain on your body and can even causes changes leading to hypothyroidism, which can slow your metabolism even more.
Bottom line: Gentle exercise, such as walking, may be a more effective form of exercise for those suffering from adrenal fatigue.
So, can you lose weight in 2014? Yes! By making a few changes to your exercise routine and eating healthy diet, you may find the pounds melting away. If you’re a person who benefits from more one-on-one support, we can do that too! Please request your free consultation. Together we’ll help you get healthy.