You are on a diet and even though you are eating healthily and getting regular exercise you just cannot lose that excess weight.
Here are 6 reasons that may be halting your progress:
#1 – You are eating too many diet foods
Your local supermarket is full of low-fat foods and healthy snacks, yet in reality some of them are high in sugar that can cause your blood sugar levels to rise.
The problem with this raised blood sugar level is that once it falls you will likely experience cravings for more sugary foods.
Rather than reaching for those diet foods just try to add a bit more protein to your meals as protein is slow to digest yet offers many health benefits.
#2 – Have you got an underactive thyroid?
An underactive thyroid can cause weight gain so you need to be aware of its symptoms; feeling cold, hormone problems, depression and a low libido.
To help keep your thyroid working as it should you should try to include the following foods; fruit, vegetable, seeds, meat and nuts.
These foods contain iodine, manganese, vitamin C, methionine, magnesium, selenium, zinc and various amino acids that help your thyroid to function properly.
#3 – Are you counting calories?
Not all calories are the same, those found in sugar are not beneficial, whereas those from protein are.
In our opinion you would see better results focussing on healthy eating rather than calorie counting.
#4 – Do you think about food too often?
When dieting it can be difficult not to be constantly thinking about what you are eating. The problem with this is that it can be stressful, which can cause cravings and therefore binges.
Your aim should be to have a normal relationship with your food, eat healthy balanced meals and listen to what your body is telling you.
#5 – Not planning ahead
By planning your meals in advance you can stop the impulse buying in the supermarket and local take away.
You may even want to make protein rich soups or stews that can be frozen and stored for an easy to prepare meal when you are busy.
#6 – Not enough serotonin
When your serotonin levels are low you are more likely to feel depressed and resort to bingeing on junk food.
Turkey, cottage cheese, fish and shellfish all contain an amino acid called tryptophan, that can help your body to produce more serotonin and prevent these cravings from occurring.
So there you have it, are any of these reasons stopping you from achieving your perfect weight?