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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 13, 2020

              How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

              How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

              Burnout at work is an issue that most people who suffer from it, suffer unknowingly.

              Have you ever felt that you can’t start an assignment, have an immense urge to Netflix binge, or couldn’t get yourself to wake up on time even though you have a lot on your plate? The cause for these might be burnout.

              According to Deloitte’s report, “many companies may not be doing enough to minimize burnout.” This is to say that the responsibility is not only on the employee. According to that report, nearly 70 percent of professionals feel their employers are not doing enough to prevent or alleviate burnout within their organization, and they definitely should.[1]

              Too many companies don’t invest enough in creating a positive environment. One out of five (21%) said that their company does not offer any programs or initiatives to prevent or alleviate burnout. It is the culture, not the fancy well-being programs that would probably do the best work.

              This is a significant problem for individuals and companies, and it’s also an issue on a macro level. A Stanford University research found that more than 120,000 deaths per year, and approximately 5%–8% of annual healthcare costs, are associated with the way U.S. companies manage their workforces.[2]

              It is both the employee and the employer’s responsibility—and the latter can certainly take more responsibility.

              In this article, I’ll guide you on how to know if you suffer from burnout and, more importantly, what you can do about it.

              Who Are Prone to Burning Out?

              For starters, it is a good thing to know that you’re in good company. According to a Gallup poll, 23% (of 7,500 surveyed) expressed burnout more often than not. Additionally, 44% felt it sometimes. Nearly 50% of social entrepreneurs who attended the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in 2018 reported having struggled with burnout and depression at some point.[3]

              According to Statista (2017), 13% of adults reported having problems unwinding in the evenings and weekends. According to a Deloitte survey (consisting of 1,000 full-time U.S. employees), 77% of respondents said that they have experienced employee burnout at their current job.[4]

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              Burnout is not only an issue of the spoiled first-world. Rather, it is a serious matter that must be taken care of appropriately. It affects so many people, and its impacts are just too significant to be ignored.

              Some occupations are more prone to burnout, such as people who deeply care about their jobs more than others. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Passion-driven and caregiving roles such as doctors and nurses are some of the most susceptible to burnout.”

              The consequences can have life or death ramifications as “suicide rates among caregivers are dramatically higher than that of the general public—40% higher for men and 130% higher for women”. It is also the case for teachers, non-profit workers, and leaders of all kinds.[5]

              Deloitte’s survey also found that 91% say that they have an unmanageable amount of stress or frustration. Heck, 83% even say that it can negatively impact their relationships. Millennials are slightly more impacted by burnout (84% of Gen Y vs. 77% in other generations).

              What Is Burnout Syndrome?

              So, what is it, exactly? Burnout was officially included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and is an occupational phenomenon.

              According to the World Health Organization, burnout includes three dimensions:[6]

              1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
              2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job;
              3. Reduced professional efficacy.

              The 5 Stages of Burnout

              At this point, you must have a clue if you’re at risk of burnout. There are different methods for understanding where you are on the burnout syndrome scale, and one of the most common ones is the “five stages method.”

              1. Honeymoon Phase

              As you may remember If you’ve gotten married, there’s always the honeymoon phase. You’re so happy and feel almost invincible. You love your spouse and at this stage, you’re very excited about everything. It’s the same when it comes to taking on a new job or role or starting a new business.

              At first, most of the time, you’re hyper-motivated. Although you might be able to notice signs of potential future burnout, in most cases, you might ignore them. You’re highly productive, super motivated, creative, and accept (and take) responsibility.

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              The honeymoon phase is critical because if you plant the seeds of good mental health and coping strategies, you can stay at this phase for extended periods.

              2. Onset of Stress

              Let’s continue with the wedding metaphor. Now that you’re happily married for some time, you might start noticing certain issues with your spouse that you don’t like. You might have seen them before, but now they take up more space in your life.

              You might be less optimistic and feel signs of stress or minor symptoms of physical or emotional fatigue at work. Your productivity reduces, and you think that your motivation is lower.

              3. Chronic Stress

              Let’s hope you don’t get there in your marriage, but unfortunately, some people get there. At this stage, your stress level is consistently high, and the other symptoms of stage 2 persist.

              At this point, you start missing deadlines, your sleep quality is low, and you’re resentful and cynical. Your caffeine consumption might be higher, and you’re increasingly unsatisfied.

              4. Burnout

              This is the point where you can’t go on unless there is a significant change in your workspace environment. You have a strong desire to move to another place, and clinical intervention is sometimes required.

              You feel neglected, your physical symptoms are increasing, and you get to a place where your stomach hurts daily. You might obsess over problems in your life or work and, generally speaking, you should treat yourself.

              5. Habitual Burnout

              This is the phase in which burnout is embedded in your life. You might experience chest pains or difficulty breathing, outbursts of anger or apathy, and physical symptoms of chronic fatigue.

              The Causes of Burnout

              So, now that we know how to identify our stage of burnout, we can move on to tackling its leading causes. According to the Gallup survey, the top burnout reasons are:[7]

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              1. Getting unfair treatment at work – This is not always something that you can fully control. At the same time, you should remember that even if you’re not calling the shots, it doesn’t mean that you have to accept unfair treatment. The consequences mentioned above are just not worth it in most cases.
              2. Workload – Another leading cause of stress according to dozens of interviews conducted before writing the article. According to Statista, in 2017, 39% of workers said a heavy workload was their leading cause of stress. We live in a busy work environment, and we will share some tips on how to manage that.
              3. Not knowing your role – While not something you can fully control, you can, and probably should, take action to better define it with your boss.
              4. Inadequate communication and support from your manager – Like the others above, you can’t fully control that, but as we’ll soon share, you can take action to be in better control.
              5. Time pressure – As mentioned, motivated, passionate workers are more in danger of experiencing burnout. One of the reasons is that they’re pressuring themselves to do more, sometimes at the expense of their mental health. We’ll address how to work on that as well.

              How to Overcome a Burnout

              After going over the stages of burnout and the leading causes of becoming burned out, it might be a good time to let you know that there is a lot you can do to fight it head-on.

              However, let’s start with what you should not do. Burnout cannot be fixed by going on a vacation. It should be a long-term solution, implemented daily.

              According to Clockify (2019), these are the popular ways to avoid burnout:

              1. Focus on your family life – 60% of adults said that stable family life is key to avoiding burnout. Maintaining meaningful relationships in your life is proven to reduce stress (instead of having many unmeaningful relationships).
              2. Exercising comes in second, with 58% reporting that jogging, running, or doing any exercise significantly relieves stress. Even a relatively short walk might improve your body’s resilience to stress.
              3. Seek professional advice – 55% say they would turn to a professional. There are online websites where you can speak with professionals at reduced costs.

              Aside from the three most popular ways of avoiding burnout, you can also try the following:

              1. Improve Time Management

              Try understanding how you can use your time better and leave more time for relaxation. That’s easy to say (or write) but more challenging to implement. It would help if you started by prioritizing yourself. Understanding the connection between your values and your everyday tasks is a tremendous help. You can use proven methods to improve the relationship between your vision and goals to your daily life tasks’ lists. Check out the Horizons of Focus or V2MOM methods to get started.

              2. Use the P.L.E.A.S.E. Method

              The P.L.E.A.S.E. is a combination of things you should do to be at your best physically. It means Physical Illness (P.L.) prevention, Eat healthy (E), Avoid mood-altering drugs (A), Sleep well (S), and Exercise (E).

              3. Prioritize

              You don’t have to say yes to everything that comes across your way at work (or in other aspects of life). You’d be surprised how easy it can become once you start saying no. Some might even describe it as exhilarating.

              4. Let Your Brain rest

              Culturally, most of us are already wired to think that hard work is essential, and while that’s true in most cases, we sometimes forget that our brain needs to rest for it to recharge. Seven hours of sleep are essential (depending on your age). Meditation might be helpful, too.

              5. Pay Attention to Positive Events

              According to Therapistaid.com, we tend to focus on the bad things in our lives. However, by focusing on positive things, we can change our mindset. One way to practice this daily is by writing three good things about your life every morning or evening. It’s been scientifically proven that doing so for a few months can help rewire your brain.

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              6. Take Some “You” Time

              A Netflix binge is not always good for you, but it might be in some cases. The better the leisure time is, the better you’ll feel in the long term. It’s usually better to read a book or start a new hobby that requires more cognitive skills than just lying on the couch. But as long as you feel good watching a movie, that might be a good start.

              7. New Technologies Might Be Helpful

              There are tons of self-help apps such as Fabulous, Headspace (meditation), Noom (diet and exercise), and others. They’re good to use, but you should also be careful not to run away from your problems only to watch social media for hours. It’s not real, and no one’s life is perfect (even if their Facebook or Instagram feeds might seem so). You should also be aware not to be in an “always-on” mindset.

              Bottom Line

              Whether you’re at the first or the fifth stage of the burnout phases, the goal of this article is to show you that there are always ways to fight it. The first thing is self-awareness—knowing that there’s a problem. The second step is to decide what to do about it.

              You can also consider using Lifehack’s community. You’re more than welcome to share your burnout story on our Facebook page.

              Bonus: Rebound from Burnout in 8 Hours

              Watch what you can do to rebound from burnout quickly in this episode of The Lifehack Show:

              https://youtu.be/MNnyqQWK_zg

              Featured photo credit: Lechon Kirb via unsplash.com

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