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5 Unbeliavable Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

5 Unbeliavable Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

So you decided to lose weight? It is a commendable goal, and the benefits are plenty such as self-esteem, energy, preventing disease, lower health costs and overall quality of life. Nowadays, especially with the significant increase of obesity, people are well informed on how to lose or maintain a desirable weight, and there are many very well-known tips on how to do it.

Having said that, in many cases weight losing goals are being sabotaged, and yet you are doing everything right. Or maybe not? Many of the obstacles seem conceivably controllable and easy to overcome, yet your weight goals are elusive. Here are some not so typical reasons you may be struggling with the weight loss.

1. You Are Not Eating Enough

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    May it seem easy enough right? Eat less and exercise more they say, but the body is actually more like a finely tuned and intelligent machine that needs to be handled with care. When cutting calories be careful not to cut too many since leaving too many on the plate can be just as bad to weight loss as eating too much. When you decrease calories, your body will go into starvation mode, and that will lead to a crash in your metabolism.

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    Lazy and slow metabolism is the quickest way to stop weight loss and what typically follows is starvation, frustration, lethargy and even depression which will eventually lead to more fat accumulating again. The best way to battle this effect is to try making subtle drops in calories between 200 and 500 calories per day, depending on your current intake.

    Calorie counting and tracking nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats can be really tedious. For those not accustomed to it, it can prove to be downright overwhelming and intimidating. But really it’s not that hard and can even be fun. Just take your time and do some research, measure all of your foods so you get an idea of portion sizes and the nutrients and calories each food contains.

    2. You Are Doing Too Much Cardio

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      Believe it or not, it’s true! Though it may sound like a paradox, when you are doing too much cardio, thus burning more calories than you are acquiring to lose weight, it can cause unfavorable metabolic adaptations. It has been proven that doing high-intensity interval workouts instead of the long jog on a treadmill will burn far more fat, so your fat loss won’t be stalling.

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      Try to add one extra day of pure HIIT (High-intensity interval training) using a total-body circuit and do each exercise for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds more before moving to the next exercise. Instead of a basic sprint interval, you will initiate your entire body thus further boosting your metabolism. As a finisher at the end of the training, you can use an aerodyne bike, stationary rowing machine, weighted sled, etc. and do it in so-called max-effort intervals in 15 seconds on and 15 seconds off.

      3. You Are Not Doing Strength Training

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        Just like the previous dilemma, the answer is weight training. Weight training will produce a phenomenon called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or shortly – EPOC. This means that after your workout, your metabolism is going to stay elevated even up to 72 hours after an intense training session, and continue burning calories even after you are all done with the training. So in terms of body fat reduction, the EPOC is the gift that keeps on giving.

        Now, if you are carrying too much fat, especially around your lower abs, that means you might have low testosterone levels and the consequences of that can be far beyond “love handles”. It can affect your health, sexual life, and your overall mood. So, if you want to raise your testosterone levels, you will need to focus on total-body and heavy lifts which will stimulate a lot of muscle growth, unleash a massive hormonal response and demand an intense neural drive. This heavy strength exercises will also speed up your fat loss quicker compared to, for example, biceps curls and calf raises, and shed fat faster. To sum it all up, your workouts must consist of deadlifts, heavy squats, lunges, barbell presses (flat or overhead), carries and heavy rows.

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        However, if you are not used to heavyweight lifting, be sure to take all the safety precautions. Do not overestimate yourself by taking on more than you can deal with; use a weight lifting belt for deadlifts and similar exercises; always have a partner to spot for you.

        4. You Removed Fats from Your Daily Menu

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          Here is yet another paradox to add to this list. So here’s the real deal – to lose more fat, you’ll have to eat more fat! It is understandable why this seems counter-intuitive, but be aware that healthy fats such as animal fats, coconut oil, real butter, avocados, and nuts will actually make you leaner yet more muscular. These fats will keep you full while maintaining your good testosterone levels.

          Also, eating healthy fats will force you to lower your carbohydrate intake giving you the desirable and lasting results. So, try to consume at least 30% of your calories from healthy sources of fat and dismiss artificial fats that can cause many health problems (especially heart diseases).

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          5. You Are Not Resting Enough

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            And for the last, but almost certainly not the least reason why you are not getting your results is that you do not have a good resting routine. So if you are training hard in the gym and have a clean and healthy diet but still not seeing significant and desirable progress, this is probably your culprit.

            Some studies have shown that shortchanging your sleep will slow down fat oxidation and at the same time increase muscle loss up to 60%. Sleep deprivation will also wreck your muscle gains since it will interfere with recovery and with growth hormone production which is happening at night during your sleep cycles. Try to get at least eight hours of good sleep every night, and the results will naturally come your way.

            Less is More

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              The term no pain – no gain is often misunderstood. In some situations, this is a way to go and many people are under the belief that more is better. But this is not always the case when you are trying to get some real results, especially when you want to lose weight, while at the same time trying to gain some muscle.

              The best way is to be moderate no matter what your goal is especially when you are working hard in the gym and in the kitchen as well. Try not to be exclusive – occasional pizza, pancakes, and ice cream will certainly not hurt you as long as you make these foods to be the exception and not the rule. All you need are a few simple tweaks to get you back on the right track, and within a few weeks you’ll start seeing the results, be sure of that.

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              Last Updated on October 16, 2018

              The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

              The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

              It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

              If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

              One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

              Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

              In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

              Why you can’t sleep through the night

              The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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              Stress

              If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

              Exposure to blue light before sleep time

              We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

              While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

              Eating close to bedtime

              Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

              Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

              Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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              Medical conditions

              In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

              The vicious sleep cycle

              The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

              Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

              You get a bad night’s sleep
              –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
              –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
              –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                Here are a few suggestions:

                • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                Sleep better form now on

                Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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