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On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 8 sneaky reasons why you can’t lose weight.
Do you feel like you’re doing everything right, but you still can’t lose weight?
Let’s jump right into it.
Here is an example.
How many of you have seen people at the gym walking on a treadmill at a really high incline, or stair climber?
Did you notice how many of them are holding on to the front handles of the cardio machine to save themselves from spinning off and flying into the back wall?
By holding on to the handles of the cardio machine, you’re making it much easier on your body, thus you’re actually burning less calories than you think.
Live Lean Tip: if you’re going to do your cardio on the treadmill or the stair climber, take your hands off of the handles.
If you’re worried about your safety, simply reduce the speed or incline.
In other words, junk food that is filled with fake sugars, artificial sweeteners, and chemicals.
There is more and more researching coming out that these artificial sweeteners actually increase your hunger, thus at the end of the day, you’re eating more calories because you binge on other food.
Live Lean Tip: I want you focusing on eating real food that has one ingredient.
If you want a sweet food, stick with fruit, or eat food with real sugar, but just save it for after your workout.
By doing this, you’ll be putting that sugar to work for you, by shuttling it into your muscle and liver cells.
All right, let’s keep moving.
Excessive LISS endurance cardio has been shown to increase the stress hormone cortisol.
This throws your cortisol levels way out of whack, thus making you store more fat.
Live Lean Tip: Burn 3 times more fat 3 times faster by doing 20 minute interval cardio sprints.
Speaking of the cardio queens, if you’re doing excessive cardio, you may be burning into your precious muscle.
This is slowing down your metabolism.
Maintaining and building your muscle tissue is key to keeping your metabolism on overdrive.
Live Lean Tip: focus the majority of your workouts on resistance training to build muscle.
I’m not talking about the pink weights ladies.
I want you lifting heavier weights that you could only lift for 8-12 reps.
This is when you know you’re in the zone.
Low calorie starvation diets will ruin your metabolism.
I see this happening so many times with so many people.
When you mess around with your metabolism and hormones, your body is going to hold on to all of that fat, at all costs.
Live Lean Tip: create a calorie deficit, but do it in a smart way.
Don’t just diet and stop eating food.
I want you to eat food, but I want you to burn more calories via your exercise.
That way you can eat more and still be creating that calorie deficit that you need to lose weight.
Speaking of calories, even though you may be restricting calories to create a safe calorie deficit, all of your calories may be coming from processed carbohydrates.
It’s not as simple as calories in vs. calories out.
The macronutrient breakdown of your food is also important.
The calories that are coming from protein, carbohydrates, and fat is critical to create a hormonal shift in your body to burn stored fat for energy, not sugar.
Live Lean Tip: focus on foods high in protein, high in healthy fat, as well as vegetables, and some fruit to turn your body into a fat burning machine.
Getting high quality sleep is often the missing link when it comes to weight loss.
Live Lean Tip: sleep more.
I know, easier said than done.
At night, turn off your damn TV, computer, and smartphone, and read a book.
Make sure you are giving yourself enough time to wind down before bed.
You can also induce more sleep by eating these 4 foods to create a deeper sleep.
Let’s move on to the last one.
This takes us back to the cortisol hormone.
When your body is always stressed, cortisol will remain high, thus reducing your body’s ability to burn fat.
Live Lean Tip: I want you to breath, relax, and laugh.
Living Lean includes having some fun.
This may be the hardest tip for you to into put to action, so you have to work at it.
I want to know in the comment section below, which one do you struggle most with.
I actually struggled with pretty much every single one of them along my journey to Live Lean.
So put your answers down in the comment section.
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5 responses to “8 Sneaky Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight”
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There are three things I need to work on: food (either I eat too much or not enough), stress and the quality of my sleep.
Number 9 – You are not drinking enough WATER! try to drink a gallon a day to support fat metabolism…
Stress Is my downfall. It’s now causing me to overeat. I know I’m not supposed to do too much cardio but you say to exercise more to create the calorie deficit. Can I do more than one session of intervals per day to help while I’m going through the stress?
I struggle with sleep. I work nights and have a 10 yr old and 19 month old and am a single parent. When I get off work my shift as a mom starts and I only get to nap from 10-2:00pm each day. I also struggle with portion size and when to eat since I rarely get to sleep.