Five things that can prevent Weight Loss, you may be surprised!
Eating well but still struggling to lose weight? Here are some things to consider that could be preventing weight loss:
- Stress – we often assume being stressed is a normal state these days but it is not, stress hormones increase your glucose and insulin levels which drives weight gain and inflammation. Stress also affects your digestive system therefore body’s ability to absorb nutrients. If you are deficient in nutrients such as magnesium, zinc or B vitamins, your mood, energy and motivation may drop which certainly won’t help you stay on track. Stress can be a major health issue and must be addressed.
- Sleep – we need sleep to recover and regenerate, when this doesn’t happen the body will tend towards stress and inflammation. Just one night of poor sleep can begin to drive insulin resistance which again increases inflammation and weight gain. You also tend to make poor food choices and rely on sugar and caffeine for energy when you are tired. Good sleep is essential for health.
- Inflammation – low calorie diets are often low in important nutrients including protein and essential fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory. Many people don’t focus on the quality of food, only the calories, a highly refined carbohydrate diet including many packaged foods tends to be a highly inflammatory diet. Being overweight can be a sign of chronic inflammation; your fat cells can begin to become distressed and can trigger immune and inflammatory responses in the body. You need to pay attention to the quality of your food, not simply calories. If you lose weight and increase inflammation, you will be more likely to regain the weight, lose muscle and mess up your hormones so it is harder and harder to lose weight each time.
- Carbohydrates – you may be eating way too many high starch carbohydrates (potato, cereal, pasta, bread, rice, etc). These carbohydrates increase your blood sugar levels and therefore insulin levels, which for many people causes weight gain and inflammation.
- Digestive issues and food sensitivities – if you are having tummy troubles, you may be having absorption issues which will drive nutrient deficiencies. Food sensitivities can drive these gut issues and can also affect your mood, motivation and overall health.
If you suspect you may be having some of these issues, book an appointment with one of our nutritionists at Informed Health.
Fiona Kane, Nutritionist, Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre