WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- High Cholesterol has been known for lowering immune function, bone density, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease, but it’s also responsible for increased weight gain.
- Your body knows what to expect so it adapts to the demands you put on it, so mix up your workout routine.
So you’ve been exercising and eating healthy for a while now, but you’re STILL not losing that stubborn belly fat. It sucks, but cheer up champ! The solution is simpler than you might think.
These 4 reasons are probably what’s holding you back from seeing those washboard abs.
1. High Cortisol Levels
This stress hormone has been known for lowering immune function, bone density, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease, but it’s also responsible for increased weight gain. Too much stress and your body will respond the way it was designed to, by going into a fight or flight defense mode and holding on to stored fat to preserve life.
Breath, relax, take the time to calm your mind and body at least 15 minutes per day through yoga, meditation or even a simple stretch. Also shoot for 6-8 hours of sleep every night.
2. Calorie Surplus
It’s no secret that in order to lose body fat, you’ll need to burn calories and eat better, but eating healthy and exercising isn’t enough if you’re still consuming too many calories. Whether you’re eating healthy foods or not, if you’re still consuming more calories than your body needs, you WILL gain weight.
Find out your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), which tells you how many calories you’ll need to consume to maintain your current weight, then determine how many calories you’re eating and burning on average per day. For example, if my BMR was 2,000 calories per day, but I was eating 2,500 calories and burning 500 calories on average… Then, in order to lose weight, I should be consuming 2,200-2,400 calories per day.
3. Doing the Same Ol’, Same Ol’ (Exercise Routine)
Look, if you’ve been doing the same exercise routine for a while now, you’ll quickly end up in a physical plateau. Why? Your body knows what to expect so it adapts to the demands you put on it. That’s why you rarely get as sore as you did when you first started exercising.
Try something radically different from what your body is currently used to, even if that means trying longer low-intensity workouts, instead of high-intensity workouts or vice versa. Change up your routine when you start seeing results slowing down but remember consistency is key!
4. Undiagnosed Food Allergies
Your digestive system might be storing unwanted fat, and you may not even know it! That is more common than you might think. If you’re eating foods that you’re allergic to, like gluten, dairy, etc. your digestive system will become toxic and inflamed.
Start by cutting out the most common food allergens for 3-4 weeks, including gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, yeast and peanuts. Then eat a whole-foods, plant-based, high-fiber diet. That will provide your body with the nutrients you need to function properly.