Why You Can’t Lose Weight

Three year transformation
Three year transformation

Today we’re going to look at 3 simple things that might be holding you back from losing the last “10” pounds. After reading this, evaluate your personal habits. Getting things moving again might be easier than you thought it would be.

WATER

Drinking water is essential and has tons of benefits. Here are a few:

  • Keeps your cells plump and energized
  • Helps your body get rid of toxins
  • Increases brain function

I recommend that you aim for drinking a gallon of water per day. Now, if you’re not used to drinking water you’ll want to start off with a lower amount and gradually work your way up to a full gallon or more. A helpful tip is to mark your water bottle with hours of the day. It’s easy to keep up with how much you need to drink in order to reach your goal for the day. I’ve also noticed that I automatically drink more water throughout the day when I exercise first thing in the morning. It gets me started on the right foot!

SODIUM

The American Heart Association recommends that you consume less than 1500 mg of sodium per day which is the level with the greatest effect on blood pressure. (As always, consult your doctor before making any changes in your diet.) Taking in excess amounts of sodium can lead to water retention among other things. This extra fluid is stored on your body and can appear to be fat. Sometimes, lowering your salt intake can help you get the weight off fairly quickly. Another way to take care of water weight is by exercising. Have you ever noticed that your sweat is salty? Well, this is why! It’s a great tool to remove salt from your body. Although you need some sodium for your body to function properly, be careful with the food that you eat. Sodium is EVERYWHERE, especially in processed foods and poultry. You can easily exceed the recommendations above if you’re not careful. (For more tips on picking out healthy foods, click here.)

NOT EATING ENOUGH

When you’re not eating enough during the day, you run the risk of slowing your metabolism. We’ve all heard it before, and it’s true. Your body will go into “starvation mode” and hang on to everything you consume later because the next meal is not guaranteed based on your eating patterns. When you do start eating more, you’ll most likely want to binge on all the greasy, fattening junk food that you love. When you’re starving your body, you will also lack the energy you need to focus and perform at your best, especially during work outs.  If this sounds like you, start by adding more fruits and veggies (whole foods) to your meals.

I hope these tips are simple and easy enough for everyone to follow! We tend to over complicate things, so try letting the simple things do some of the work for you. Be sure to share, like, comment, and FOLLOW to join The Tribe!

-Erin


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