Reasons Weight Loss Isn’t Happening

This is going to cover some of the reasons you’re NOT losing weight

I’m constantly being asked “what the best exercises are to get abs?”

I’m sorry, ladies, but doing sit ups everyday won’t get those abs you dream of.

BUT all is not lost…..

Over the next few minutes I’m going to help you by going over some points that I know to be a stopper for achieving a flatter stomach.

It doesn’t happen overnight…It requires dedication to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

However, there are ways to give yourself a better chance at getting flat abs.

Not Getting Enough ZZ’s

So it seems a lack of sleep doesn’t just mean you’ll be a grumpy pants in the morning! When you’re lacking in sleep, your body can produce more Ghrelin (the hormone that makes you feel hungry) and less leptin (the hormone that helps you to feel full).

This means that you are generally more hungry and are less likely to feel full after our meals.

I’m sure we can all relate to the feeling of not only being tired, but being hangry = Hungry+Angry

Solution?

Try to aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night!
Make it easier on yourself by staying away from caffeine late at night and turning off all electronic devices (such a your phone, TV, laptop) a few hours before bed. I also find that drinking a cup of green tea can also help you to sleep better!

You’re Not Doing the Right Type of Training

Many people think of ‘cardio’ as soon as they think of weight loss. I’m not saying steady state cardio (such as walking, running or cycling) isn’t good, it can most certainly help to burn calories and lead to fat loss, but if done on its own, it might not necessarily be the most effective way of reducing belly fat!

Other types of training, such as HIIT and resistance training, can provide you with an “afterburn” effect. This means that your body may continue to burn calories in the hours following your workout.

Don’t be afraid to lift weights either ladies! You will be surprised at how much this can help you achieve the toned body and flat abs you are after.

Solution?

This doesn’t mean that you should only do HIIT and resistance training, but instead try to incorporate a mix of these exercises in your weekly workout plan. Not only can mixing up your workout routine give you better results, but it can also make it much more fun for you!

You’re Stressed…Duh!!

When you’re stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. It is normal to get stressed from time to time, and this isn’t always the worst thing! However, if you are constantly stressed and have high levels of cortisol in your body, it will make it more difficult for you to lose belly fat.

This is because your body is always in ‘fight or flight’ mode and it may not have a chance to relax and digest your food properly.

When it comes to being stressed, it’s common that many of us tend to eat more highly processed foods. If you’re idea of ‘comfort food’ is a big, greasy burger, a block of chocolate or a Ben & Jerry’s, then these foods may not be the best option if you’re wanting to lose belly fat.

Solution?

I know this one can be super hard to overcome, with kids, work, etc but try to destress your life! Find things that calm you down when you are feeling anxious or in a bad mood. These can be things such as going for a long walk, talking to friends or family, or simply taking some time out to read a book or watch a film.

Try not to reach for food when you are stressed, but instead find more positive ways to deal with this stress.

You’re Eating Too Many Highly Processed Foods

Whilst they may taste good, foods such as chips, chocolate, and deep-fried foods can be high in saturated and trans fats. In comparison to protein and carbohydrates, fats have a weaker effect on satiety (feeling “full” after you’ve eaten).

This can make it really easy to overeat these types of foods, and why a lot of the time you can’t ‘just stop at one’. Snacking on these every so often may not seem so bad to you, but if you are serious about losing belly fat you may want to consider how often you actually eat them.

Solution?

Steer clear from highly processed foods, which (if eaten in excess) may keep you from your goal of a flat stomach. Instead consume a healthy, balanced diet of fresh/home cooked foods.

Try to get your fats from foods such as fish (salmon is my fave!), nuts, seeds and avocados.

Even though eating fats is important for weight loss, it is still important that you eat these in healthy, balanced amounts to help achieve your health and fitness goals.

You’re Just Training Abs

If you are one of those people who eats healthy and only train abs, you may find it’s taking you longer to lose belly fat than expected! Hate to break it to you, but it is not actually possible to spot reduce!

What I mean is – just doing ab exercises will not give you abs. The only way to lose ‘belly fat’ is to lose fat from every area in your body. This means you need to ditch your “ab only” workout routines and find ones that work multiple muscle groups at the same time.

Compound exercises (such as squats, lunges and press ups) can do a much better job at this than isolation exercises (bicep curls, calf raises or sit ups).

Solution?

Find a resistance workout routine that targets ALL areas of your body, not just your abs! If you need somewhere to start, drop me a message.

Keep at it and you will find this can be a great way to reduce belly fat.

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