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why you’re not losing weight

Tips and tricks articles tend to relay the same information as other articles and sites, wording things differently to try and sound unique. However, I found a few tips which I believe are worth passing along that I have not seen elsewhere recently.

1. Eat real food. Read labels of pre-packaged things you plan on purchasing. If you don’t recognise an ingredient, try to find something more natural or organic.

2. Take the time to relax and de-stress. Your body does not differentiate between types of stress, so breaking up with a significant other recently means the same thing to your brain as being worried about a shortage of game to hunt on the plains. Your body produces a hormone called cortisol which worsens insulin resistance and promotes the storage of fat.

3. Remember that if you are working on strength training while losing weight, the number on your scale might not be as low as you’d hoped. This is because while you may be losing fat, you’re gaining muscle.

4. You might be working your body too hard. If you force yourself to stay above 75% of your maximum heart rate for extended periods of time, you can lapse into what’s known as chronic cardio. This state begins to burn glycogen causing your body to crave more sugar and produce more cortisol.

5. You might not have fully purged your cupboards. If you keep junk in your house, you’re more likely to eat it and that means weight plateaus, or gain. If you feel badly about throwing things away, see if your local shelters or food banks will take the stuff as a donation.

6. Remember that you’re in this for the long haul. Don’t expect results right away and stay consistent to better your chances at reaching your goals.