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Six surprising reasons for not losing weight

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Many people often complain about trying different types of diets but that they do not work and do not lead to desired weight losses.

We also hear that eating late at night, increasing the food portions, and not moving a lot, are directly linked to gaining or at least not losing weight.

But do you know that there are other reasons that stabilize your weight and interfere with the kilograms you want to get rid of? Here are six other reasons.

Thyroid hormones: Classified as Hypothyroidism (that leads to a very low metabolism) and hyperthyroidism (that leads to a very high metabolism). If you are dieting, exercising and not losing weight, make sure to visit your endocrinologist, it might be related to your hypothyroid hormone which lowers your metabolism and causes weight gain. Altroxine is given to people suffering from this problem

Depression: Depression affects your weight as well. It increases cortisol levels (stress hormone) which increases adrenaline levels in your body which in return increases insulin levels. The high level of insulin in the blood causes hunger and increases appetite and will force your liver to make extra fat from the extra calories you consume.

Low testosterone levels in men: Testosterone is the growth hormone for men, in other words, it is responsible for making men ‘manly’. The main reason for a drop down in testosterone its level is belly fat in men which increases with age. When testosterone level is low, the muscles in the body cannot be built; the metabolism will drop causing a rapid weight gain. Men should get rid of this fat belly by following a proper diet and exercising more.

Diet food: This sounds really weird, right? Unfortunately, it is true. Studies have shown that people who eat diet food gain more weight than people who do not. The reason for this is that when you want to buy a fat-free or a diet product remember that fat- free does not mean calorie-free. What people normally do is buy a fat-free biscuit and two minutes later the box is empty. When consuming a diet product, moderate your intake, taking in too many calories will only cause you weight gain.

Following very strict or weird diets (fad diets): Let your diet be balanced and varied, you cannot just cut down the carbohydrates, protein or fat intake, because you decided that your body does not burn one of these.
Eat everything in moderation you need carbs for energy, proteins for building muscles and for tissue regeneration, fat for brain development. Do not starve yourself, you will lose weight. If you do that your hormones levels will drop and your metabolism will go down

Overtraining: Most of the beginners spend too much time in the gym. When these efforts fail to give the wanted results, they just double the training and stop burning fat. Overtraining syndrome (OVT) is characterized by feelings of fatigue and depression, it increases the cortisol levels (a hormone responsible for breaking down the muscle tissue), and will decrease testosterone level (so no more muscle building). If you continue exercising beyond your body capability you will get an increase of OVT, you will not build muscles and you will not lose weight.

Try to rest: There should be a maximum of five workouts performed a week.

Every 8 to 12 weeks, take a week off, it will help rejuvenate the body. While you need to workout to build muscles, do it gradually by increasing the weight and intensity every week and not everyday. Also, focus on each part of your body separately. You cannot train all the muscles in the whole body at one time. Example: 1 day for the legs, one day for the shoulder, one day for the ABS..

All of the improvements take place when you are resting after working.

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