Trying to lose the post-holiday body fat? With so many factors that could be playing a role in why you aren’t losing body fat, we compiled a list of 11 reasons that are the main causes for the slow progress. Make sure that you are trying your best to adhere to these and your body will be in top shape in no time.
11. Not eating breakfast
Your body has starved all night while sleeping and needs the nutrients to rebuild itself. If you do not eat breakfast you are negatively impacting your body which causes a reduced metabolism level which reduces fat burning. When your body does eat it’s first meal at lunch, you body fat burning process is slowed.
10. Not eating enough protein
Protein has more functions than repairing and growing muscle tissue as most men think. However, protein leads to overall decreased calorie consumption by increasing stomach fullness at meals.
9. Drinking too many meals
Shakes are the number one drank meals for men. When you want your body to be sculpted it’s better to chew as many calories as possible in the form of food. Chewing and digesting solid food burns more calories than shakes.
It goes without saying that you should avoid sugary drinks such as soda because of the high amounts of sugars which increases the calorie intake for the day. This includes fruit juices that are high in simple sugars which increases calorie intake.
8. You’re eating too much food!
While this may seem obvious, most men do not know that how many carbs, fat and protein that come with food they are eating. Furthermore, they have the mentality that what they see is what they get. For example, they see a burger and assume that the calories they consume are only from the burger. However, sometimes the sauces add an enormous amount of calories. Similarly, watchout for salads which sometimes bolster a 500 plus calorie dressing.
At the end of the day you should not be consuming more calories than what your body is using.
7. Too much cardio
Spending too much time on the tredmill leads to an overproduction of cortisol. This leads to more abdominal fat and numerous health issues. If you find that you aren’t losing body fat because of too much cardio, try limiting your cardio sessions to twice a week.
6. Healthy deceiving foods
Eating fruits and nuts is fantastic for your body which contain a high amount of omegas and micro-nutrients. However, in excess, these carry sugars and higher calories than your body needs. One gram of fat contains 9 calories and when you start pecking away at anything more than a handful of almonds, you are stacking up the calories.
5. No Stress management
When your body is stressed you produce a higher level of cortisol. This increases body fat if it’s not controlled properly. Most stressed out people have higher levels of cortisol which leads to an increased body fat.
4. Lack of sleep and bad resting habits
When you’re short on sleep your insulin sensitivity decreases and your cortisol goes up. This means that your body is more likely to store fat. Make it a habit to get more sleep! Studies have shown that getting at least 7 straight hours is optimal for your body to reduce cortisol.
3. You’re not training hard enough
Your body needs to be pushed and tested in order to get epic results. If you don’t push yourself hard at the gym you aren’t getting the optimal exercise possible. As a result, your body does not demand you to use your energy.
Keeping a work out journal helps in this area and can help challenge you to work out more in less amount of time. This will further shred the extra calories away
2. Not drinking enough water
Not having enough water to drink reduces your metabolism which cleanses your body. This cleanse acts as an appetite suppressant. If you don’t have enough water, your body can’t function properly and the metabolic processes are stalled. Drink more water and you will lose body fat faster. A good rule of thumb is to drink 6 glasses of water a day.
1. Lack of a Consistent Lifestyle
Nothing matters if you do not adhere to these rules and follow a consistent living lifestyle. Getting your body into a normal habit and routine will get it primed for fat burning success. Try reviewing what you consumed, did for exercise, sleep habits, and water drinking habits every night before you sleep and make changes the following day!