So… you’ve been working out reguarly, making smart nutritional choices that focus on your goals, increasing water intake, and you’ve even found ways to sneak in more steps throughout the work day – and yet, the scale is not showing you any change. This is enough to drive anyone into frustration. Frustration leads to binge eating or even meal skipping then finally wanting to give up. But before you throw in the towel, let’s take a look at three major areas that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

1. Sleep
Getting your beauty sleep is more important than you probably thought! Of course, just because you start sleeping more doesn’t mean you’ll automatically start losing weight. But, you might be surprised to find out that lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, could be disrupting your weight loss efforts. From the obvious (when you’re tired you may mindlessly grub) to the not so obvious (excess cortisol and increased insulin), sleep is as important to monitor as your calories and your activity.

There are two pesky little hormones that lead to unhealthy snacking when you’re not getting enough sleep: grehlin and leptin. When you’re sleep deprived, you produce more grehlin which is the ‘go’ hormone – the one that tells you you’re hungry. So, you eat more.

Then, there’s leptin, the “stop” hormone, which is affected in exactly the opposite way from lack of sleep. There is less leptin being produced so the “I’m hungry” switch doesn’t come on quite so quickly. So, you don’t stop. Makes sense of why you might be eating more when you’re tired.

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