After Trying Hard, 4 Reasons You’re Still Not Losing Weight
Checkout the reasons below
1. You’re chronically stressed.
During periods of stress, the hormone cortisol is secreted from the adrenal glands. Although, cortisol is important for maintenance of blood pressure and provision of energy, it also increases appetite and cravings.
This hormonal imbalance can sabotage weight loss. The excess cortisol secreted during times of stress encourages the body to store visceral fat, which is the kind of fat that surrounds vital organs and raises cholesterol and insulin levels. One study established a connection between high cortisol levels and Type 2 diabetes.
However, there are a lot of simple ways to beat stress and regulate cortisol levels:
Meditate: Sit in a quiet place for several minutes each day and focus on one thing, such as your breathing, a phrase, or a peaceful scene.
Exercise: Just 20 minutes a day can lower your stress hormone levels. Try walking, yoga, or biking to dissipate any extra energy.
Avoid caffeine: Caffeine is a natural stimulant that increases adrenaline levels. Instead of reaching for caffeine, try herbal tea instead.
Deep breathing: Breathing deeply increases your oxygen levels, which relaxes you. Breathe in slowly for 3 counts through your nose, making sure to fill your belly with each breath. Breath out slowly for 4 counts through your mouth. Repeat for one minute.
Enjoy a hobby: Make sure to carve out time to do something you enjoy. Take up gardening, read a book, scrapbook, sing- just take time to do something that makes you happy.