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In last week’s blog, 5 Mental Barriers That May Be Blocking You From Losing Weight, I looked at common mental barriers to shedding weight.
This week, let’s look at the common physical barriers.
1 – METABOLISM
It is very rare that someone’s metabolism is actually so slow that it prevents them from losing weight. Metabolism does, however, have a huge impact on the rate of loss. Muscle mass and a regular diet are the keys to combating this one. Keep your body fueled and increase your resting burn rate, also known as your Basal Metabolic Rate, and you can and will lose weight.
2 – LACK OF SLEEP
Sleep will mess with your hormones and that will mess with your weight. People who sleep less weigh more. Your hunger hormones, Grehlin, which stimulates your appetite, increases, and Leptin, which tells you when you’re full, decreases. Plus, your brain reads the decrease in Leptin as a signal that you’re starving and starts to store fat. Now combine that with a natural tendency to grab and snack when we are tired, and you can see how not getting eight hours a night might be why you’re struggling to lose weight.
3 – SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE
Modern life means we spend a lot of our day sitting. Sitting at a desk, in the car, when we're on our screens...And sitting often includes snacking, right? You don't need to run a marathon or join a gym, but to lose weight you need to move more during the day, every day.
4 – PROCESSED FOODS
Not all calories are equal because your body treats calories differently depending on where they come from. Artificial sweeteners, sugar, refined flour, preservatives, GMOs, trans-fats, partially hydrogenated oils, MSG, artificial colours, and artificial flavours aren’t natural ingredients and our bodies get pretty confused figuring out what to do with it all. An avocado has double the calories of a can of coke. Will they have the same impact on the body? That's right. No, they won't. If you want to lose weight, you got to cut down on processed foods.
5- ILLNESS AND MEDICATIONS
If you are eating well and moving your body regularly and you are not losing weight, and you think there may be a medical cause, rule it out: consult your doctor. That way you’ll know what you really weigh, your BMI, and your fitness level so you don’t overdo it. Hypothyroidism, anaemia and other conditions can cause weight gain. Medications like some blood pressure drugs, diabetes medications and antidepressants can all affect your weight too, but your doctor can help you find the right medications and program for you. You are not doomed. Work with professionals to take control of your health so that you are able to take control of your weight.
These are just five physical barriers to losing weight, five of hundreds of reasons that get in our way and keep us from the results we want.