Nothing is more frustrating than working out, eating healthy and seeing zero results. You haven’t lost a pound despite all of your efforts. Some of you have even put on a pound! What gives?
The Obesity Research and Clinical Practice revealed that it’s harder today to shed fat than it’s ever been in the past 30 years. Even considering the same amount of dieting and exercise. Studies show that there is more than one culprit. Evidence has shown that the following list can physically cause us to burn LESS calories and stunt your weight loss:
- Environmental factors
- Insufficient sleep
- Poor health choices
When compared to the generations before us we must consider that our generation is exposed to more viruses, increased pollution, genetically modified foods, highly processed foods and new medications. The virtual age has also brought upon us more jobs that require moving less and sitting more.
Below are five tips included in my “Conveniently Clean Eating Guide” to help heighten your awareness & combat the impossibility of losing weight.
Drink more water
Drinking water is an essential part of eating clean. It cushions the joints, muscles and more importantly flushes out toxins in the body created from poor health choices and environmental factors. Water keeps the body hydrated and energized. Aim to drink 60 oz. a day. You will immediately notice a difference in your mood and hunger levels when you begin drinking the required amount of H20.
Eat more fruit
Fruit has fiber, water and the natural sugars that satisfy your sweet tooth. They are low calorie, all natural and will help keep you full. The vitamin and mineral rich content will detoxify the body and boost metabolism. In my 14 Day Fat Shred program I recommend eating fruit twice a day: once with breakfast and as a snack between breakfast and lunch.
Wash your produce
I’m sure you don’t want to eat that salad with a side of chemicals and pesticides. There are a variety of organic and all natural Fruit and Veggie washes you can purchase or you can make your own. Mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water. Washing your produce is very important as the essential foundation of eating clean is in the name: Eating Clean. That means nothing other than what’s natural to the body and this includes avoiding chemicals and unknown additives. Your body will not know what to do with these chemicals, therefore it cannot digest them properly. It is then stored in the body and can be super damaging to your vital organs and bloodstream.
If your sleep doesn’t consist of 6-8 hours of uninterrupted rest the hormones Ghrelin and Leptin can not be regulated at normal levels. These hormones regulate your hunger. Balancing the regulation of these hormones keeps you feeling satisfied at mealtimes. This may be the reason some of you feel like a bottomless pit when hungry! This is actually linked to obesity which in turn is linked to increased health risks and depression. Establishing a better sleeping routine is key. No matter how fit you are, how healthy your diet is, how well you manage your stress, if you are not engaging in a steady sleep regimen the effects are very detrimental to your health.
If the greater percentage of your day is spent sedentary than the likelihood of losing weight is slim to none. This holds true even for those who workout daily. It’s recommended that we take at least 5,000 steps a day to burn sufficient calories. If work requires that you do a great deal of sitting then make sure to get up and get a walk in during your break. You can also follow the good ol’ “Take the stairs” advice!
If you feel as though nothing is working I challenge you to not get frustrated. Really think through what may be the causing factor after reading this blog post. If you feel you need further assistance I’d like to hear from you and we can take a closer look at your fitness & food regimen together!
Coach Nadia K