This next guest post is by Jolene of Healthy Discoveries Blog. And today she's going to discuss six reasons you may not have thought of for hitting a Weight Loss Plateau.
1. You Are Dehydrated- Make sure you drink enough water each day to hydrate your body mass! Adequate hydration will help boost your metabolism. One way to make your cells more isotonic (absorb and eliminate water efficiently) is to drink some coconut water along with your daily water requirement.
2. You Are Eating Too Little Or Skipping Breakfast- Calorie restriction and portion control are important; but when taken too an extreme it can physiologically backfire. Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, Endocrinologist and author of The Schwarzbein Principle, cautions people who restrict carbohydrates under 20 grams per day. Very low carbohydrate levels along with skipping meals (especially breakfast) can raise adrenaline and cortisol. When these stress hormones are high the body becomes resistant to losing body fat. Along with elevated cortisol, irregular eating will slow down the metabolism.
3. You Are Not Eating Enough Of The Right Fats- Omega 3 fats are found in fish and flax seeds. Omega 6 fats are found in vegetable oils, Borage Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil. The typical American consumes a 20:1 ratio in favor of Omega 6 vegetable oils. Often an Omega 6 fat, such as soybean bean oil, is heated and turned into a trans-fat. Omega 6 oils are heated (hydrogenated) in order to fry food and preserve the shelf life of food. To improve weight loss, eliminate vegetable oils/trans-fats. Strive for a 1:1 ratio of healthy Omega 3 (fish oil, flax seeds) to a healthy Omega 6 (Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil).
4. You Are Intolerant To Certain Foods- Wheat gluten and dairy are the biggest offenders. If people avoid gluten and/or dairy products their water weight often disappears. Those stubborn 5-10 pounds are lost and they feel less bloated.
5. You Are Not Getting Enough Sleep- Sleep is one of the most important, yet overlooked factors, for weight loss and weight maintenance. Lack of sleep raises cortisol levels. High cortisol levels send a message to the body to store more fat around the middle. Also, when we continually miss out on deep, restful sleep the body is unable to maintain an adequate level of serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are connected to sugar cravings, carbohydrate cravings, and binge eating. Finally, the pituitary gland requires deep sleep in order to produce growth hormone. Growth hormone assists with muscle growth and fat loss.
6. Your Thyroid Gland Is Sluggish- The current TSH range is 0.3-3.0. If your TSH is higher than 3.0 you might have a hypothyroid. A hypothyroid may make weight loss more difficult.