We are constantly bombarded with news articles and advice on easy ways to lose weight. From “juicing” and detox programs, to Paleo diet plans and intense exercise regimes, it seems like there is an infinite number of ways for us to shed some unwanted body fat. But although you’ve been reading weight loss tips, exercising regularly, and making healthier food choices, the pounds still seem to be clinging to you — and you have no idea why.
Most people agree that the best way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, there are many other factors that can affect your body’s ability to quickly lose weight — many of which are not that obvious.
If you have been working tirelessly to lose weight but are still faced with the same numbers on the scale every morning, the following reasons could be to blame:
You're Not Getting Enough Sleep.
Research has shown that people who sleep less than 7 hours a night are as much as 30% more likely to gain weight. Sleep deprivation can affect the ways our body communicates our appetite to us. Also, when we don’t get enough sleep, our energy levels drop significantly, making it likely that we won’t work out for as long — or as hard— as we otherwise would be able to.
You're Not Drinking Enough Water.
We know that we are supposed to drink 8 oz. of water on a daily basis. But most of us don’t really consider why. Not only can hydrating yourself throughout the day help suppress your appetite and prevent you from over-eating, but H2O is also essential for proper liver and kidney functioning. When you are dehydrated, your body is storing more fat than it is burning.
You're Skipping Meals.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they want to lose weight quickly is skipping meals. Your body requires a certain number of calories and nutrients to function properly. When you starve yourself, you are really hurting your metabolism. Your body goes into survival mode and then clings to and stores whatever you eat next. It is much more beneficial to eat six small meals throughout the day than it is to eat two “regular” sized ones, then skip dinner.
You're Consuming Too Many Calories from Liquids.
Many people assume that as long as they are drinking diet soda they are fine —especially when it says it contains zero calories. But most of these soft drinks are loaded with artificial sweeteners, many of which can leave you feeling hungrier than you actually are. When you add this on top of the calories contained in the cream and sugar from your morning coffee, plus the calories in the glass of red wine you have with dinner— they can quickly add up.