Weight loss can be a real time commitment, especially when you are older.
Sometimes, even when you are reducing your calorie intake, changing your diet and doing exercises you just can’t lose weight. There are several reasons why you are struggling to lose weight.
Lack of sleep
Sleep deprivation increases the levels of cortisol which is known as the ”stress hormone.” Then, excessive stress affects your appetite and the so-called ”hunger hormone” increases. Stress causes people to overeat and crave for sugar and processed foods. Also, sleep deprivation leads to a lack of motivation to exercise. Long-term sleep deprivation increases the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Reset your sleep cycle and you will see great health improvements.
Light pollution at night
Light from TVs, computers, tablets, and computers increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and depression. Electronic devices may not affect your weight immediately but they disrupt your sleep-wake cycle which leads to weight gain. Make sure you turn your electronic devices off before you go to sleep.
Stress causes hormone imbalance and anxiety which have a negative effect on your overall health. One of the best things you can do to reduce stress and tension is to practice yoga regularly. Yoga is an excellent physical and mental activity which helps you calm down. Eating healthy snacks helps you with preventing weight gain and overeating.
There are certain medications which slow down your metabolism and increase your appetite and food cravings. Also, there are medications which may cause drug-induced weight gain. Ask your doctor about another alternative.
Your mind and body are connected. Your attitude affects weight loss, so positive thinking is very important when it comes to weight loss efforts. For example, if you skip a few days going to the gym and you think negatively about yourself because of that, you will only lose your motivation. Encourage and convince yourself that you can do it. Taking care of your mental health has an enormous impact on your weight loss plan.
Chemicals and pollutants
We are surrounded by poisonous substances which affect our physical and mental health. These chemicals primarily affect your hormones. Hormone imbalance causes water retention and weight gain. You should always buy fresh foods and you shouldn’t use plastic materials. Make sure you use a carbon filter to clean the water.
Thyroid disorders may be one of the most common reasons for weight gain. Unexplained weight gain is one of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Consult your doctor and get your hormones tested.
When you feel depressed, you eat more food to self-soothe. Also, depression affects your motivation and enthusiasm to exercise. Consult your doctor if your depression lasts for too long.