Why you need to stop trying to lose weight until you first fix these four wellness factors…

Why you need to stop trying to lose weight until you first fix these four wellness factors…

On the surface level, weight loss seems simple. However, there is more into weight loss than just hitting the gym and eating healthy. There are fundamental factors you’ll need to address if you want to lose weight successfully.

Stress

Stress

One of the biggest impediment to weight loss is stress. Your weight loss program won’t yield any results if your stress level is chronically elevated.  Weight loss is an equation of hormonal checks and balances, and any factors that cause the production of unfavorable hormones must be checked. What happens when you’re stressed is that the body produces cortisol (stress hormone) along with epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones perform a number of actions in the body, including causing insulin resistance. The end result of cortisol’s actions is increased cravings for food, which makes it impossible to lose weight. Even worse, this hormone prompts the body to deposit fat in the abdominal area. Therefore, it’s advisable to eliminate or at least reduce stress before embarking on a weight loss endeavor.

Sleep

When you’re trying to lose weight, sleep is another important factor you’ll want to address. There is a strong association between sleep and weight loss. Plenty of restful sleep ensures the proper functioning of insulin, which helps to remove fatty acids, glucose, and lipids from the bloodstream. Sleep deprivation only disrupts the functioning of insulin, causing the deposition of fats in body tissues. Besides, sleep disrupts the controlled production of two key hormones – leptin and ghrelin, which regulate hunger. Sleep deprivation increases the levels of ghrelin causing cravings for high-calorie foods. Therefore, be sure to get enough sleep every night to control hunger hormones. You do not want to consume more calories than you’re burning.

Fatigue

Before starting a weight loss program, it’s important to address the issue of fatigue. You’re probably gaining weight because you’re experiencing fatigue most of the time. Fatigue and weight gain are interconnected in certain ways. When you’re tired, the body stimulates the production of cortisol and ghrelin, which increases your appetite and makes you crave for highly palatable foods. This means that your calorie intake will equal the amount of calories you burn; hence, you won’t achieve any weight loss.

Hunger

There is this prevalent weight loss talk of the town that skipping meals helps you drop a few pounds.  It does from the law of energy balance perspective.  If you are going to skip a meal you should know if the next meal or the rest of calorie you’re going to consume that day will either put you in deficit? maintenance? or surplus calories?  however, skipping does tend to undermine your weight loss efforts. It’s never a good idea to starve yourself when you’re trying to lose weight. If you skip a meal, you’ll certainly eat larger portions of high-calorie foods at the next meal.  If you’re not tracking your calories or macros you may go eat a little more than when you’re tracking.  Apart from dealing with irresistible hunger pangs and energy drain, skipping meals triggers you to overeat.  If you starve yourself, you’ll certainly not be able to sustain weight loss efforts in the long run. The best strategy when embarking on a weight-loss endeavor is to eat a balanced diet.  Hitting an optimal protein intake.  It can still be flexible but sensible.  

There you have it. Be sure to address stress, fatigue, hunger, and sleep before you try losing weight.

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