Have you been training for months but seeing no result? There are many reasons this could be happening, here are a few of our reasons.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
If you aren’t getting enough sleep, it can actually contribute to weight gain. Some research has shown that sleep deprivation can lead to:
- An Increase of ghrelin levels which is a hormone that regulates hunger.
- Decreases leptin levels and insulin sensitivity.
- Salt retention and inflammation.
Getting enough sleep isn’t only crucial physically but for your mental state as well. Lack of sleep can make you feel irritable and can contribute to symptoms of depression. If you aren’t feeling great mentally, your motivation for the gym may deteriorate.
Having a regular sleeping routine and avoiding caffeine before bed can do wonders in improving your health and quality of sleep.
Eating Too Much
When trying to lose weight you need to establish how many calories you need for maintenance and how many you need to lose weight. If you aren’t tracking your calories daily, you may end up eating more than you think.
Also think about the nutritional value of the foods you’re eating; you don’t need to be starving because you’re in a calorie deficit.
Taking Weekends Off
Weekends are the time for you to relax, take a break from work and possibly the gym. However, having a cheat meal is one thing but a cheat weekend can really set you back. The occasional treat and break are fine but consistently letting go on the weekend could be damaging your weight loss goals.
Not enough protein
Protein is important for losing weight. Protein is a great nutrient that can help boost your metabolism and reduce food cravings. Having a high protein breakfast is a great way to help lower those food cravings throughout the day.
This is partly due to the protein’s effects on hormones that help regulate your appetite such as ghrelin.
A low protein diet may contribute to your weight loss efforts reaching a standstill.