10 reasons you may not be losing weight

I know I normally write these blogs about property investment, but if you’re like me, you’ve overindulged over the holiday period and already struggling with one of your new year’s resolutions about hitting your goal weight?

Well…I found it interesting to read that nutritionist Teresa Boyce says it’s not all about calories .Overindulged over the holiday period

You have heard it a thousand times: weight loss is simple, just eat less and exercise more, right?

Well, maybe not.

Your expanding waistline and muffin top may be the result of something other than simply eating too many cupcakes.

Interestingly research now suggests that weight gain and obesity are not only caused by a genetic predisposition or dietary and lifestyle behaviours, but are also affected by modern environmental factors.

1. You’re not getting enough sleep

You're not getting enough sleep

A lack of sleep may be hindering your weight-loss goals. Sleep deprivation slows your metabolism and affects the hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin.

Leptin tells your brain to stop eating, whereas ghrelin, produced in the stomach, stimulates hunger.

Research suggests inadequate sleep is associated with low levels of leptin, high levels of ghrelin and weight gain.

Solution: Turn off your phone and laptop. Instead, focus on good sleep hygiene:

get to bed early, make sure your room is dark and cool and avoid all drugs including cigarettes, alcohol and sleeping pills.

2. You’re eating hidden sugars

Hidden sugars are everywhere.

The biggest culprits include muesli bars, breakfast cereals, sports drinks, sauces and spreads – even certain peanut butter brands contain sugar.

So what’s the big deal? A

dded sugars are now considered to be more damaging than dietary fat to your weight and overall health, contributing to conditions including dental decay, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Solution: Read labels and avoid products with high amounts of added sugar.

It may be listed as corn syrup, sucrose, malt, glucose, molasses, fructose, maltose or fruit juice concentrate.

3. You count calories, not nutrients

There is no question that portions need to be smaller in order to lose weight.You count calories, not nutrients

However, we have become so obsessed with calorie control that we often overlook the most important aspect of food – the nutrients.

Solution: Think quality. Don’t just focus on the calories.

Instead, choose nutrient-dense foods and nourish your body with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in fruit, vegetables and wholefoods.

4. You’re absorbing environmental oestrogens

Also known as xenoestrogens, these are synthetic chemicals found in plastics, fertilisers, detergents and cosmetics.

While the effects of xenoestrogens on the body are still being studied, it is believed they can mimic the biological hormone oestrogen.

Excess oestrogen can result in weight gain in both men and women.

Solution: Ditch plastic drink bottles and containers and opt for glass instead.

Buy organic products if possible.

5. You sit down too much You sit down too much

Watching the Kardashians, doing sedentary jobs and stalking old flames on Facebook is a far cry from our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

You may think you’re too busy to exercise, but the reality is we are meant to move.

Solution: Fidget. You may laugh, but this is known as NEAT non-exercise activity thermogenesis).

Research suggests those who fidget burn hundreds of extra calories throughout the day.

Fidgeting includes crossing or uncrossing the legs, stretching, standing up often or maintaining a good posture.

Aim to move every 30 minutes to bump your body out of hibernation mode.

6. You don’t have time to cook

The combination of busy lifestyles and fast food at our fingertips has resulted in less food preparation in the home.

Grabbing breakfast on the go or takeaway for dinner is not good for your waistline.

Solution: Set a goal to attempt a new, healthy 20-minute meal each week. Whenever you make a meal, make extra and freeze portions for those days you don’t have time to cook.

7. You’re dealing with a hormonal condition

Hormone conditions such as hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome and insulin resistance can cause weight gain and make it hard to lose weight.

Solution: Talk to your GP and get tested.

If you have one of these conditions, diet may help.

Exclude refined carbohydrates and increase good-quality protein, vegetables, seaweed and essential fatty acids.

8. You’re not eating enough good fats

For decades dietary fat was considered the enemy when it came to weight loss.You're not eating enough good fats

But interestingly, since the introduction of low-fat products we have seen an increase in obesity around the world.

Solution: Scrap your negative view on fat and include a small amount of “good” fats in each meal.

The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil, oily fish, nuts and seeds not only help you feel full but also facilitate fat breakdown.

9. You believe the food hype

Marketing of processed foods can be confusing. A package may read “source of calcium” or “no artificial colours” but still be packed with sugar.

Solution: Read the ingredient list.

If sugar is in the first three ingredients or it has chemicals you haven’t heard of, don’t buy it.

10. Your body has a set point

The set point theory says our body is programmed to be a certain weight and fights to stay there.

This may explain why calorie restriction alone doesn’t produce long-term weight loss.

Solution: Steady weight loss through a balanced diet and exercise is the only proven way to lower your set point.

Aim for a loss of a kilo a week and give your body time to adjust.

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'10 reasons you may not be losing weight' have 10 comments

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    January 17, 2013 @ 11:07 pm Jaz

    Interesting digress from property investing which is well written and inisightful. Thanks Micheal. How’s about you let us know mid way and end of year how you went with your own dietary goals? Take care, you are in the top four I choose to follow on property on twitter Jazz


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      January 17, 2013 @ 11:10 pm Michael Yardney

      Thanks for the kind words Jaz
      I’ve always struggled with my weight, but I know why -I love food and especially chocolate :)


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    January 20, 2013 @ 8:00 pm Cathy Goff`

    Hi Michael,
    I have been following your blogs, read your books and been to one or two of your seminars over the years.
    I admire all of your ideas and agree with them, wholeheartedly. Having said that, you have just gone up in my ‘admiration’ scale by a number of points by having mentioned your view point on 10 ways to lose weight. I have never had a weight problem but I am passionate about holistic health, organic fresh produce, preferably home grown and the devastating effect of 21st C lifestyle, including xenoeostrogens.
    I just spout forth to those who will listen ( i.e. the kids or parents of kids I tutor) where as you spread the word with calm certainty to the world. For that I admire you. Continue to spread the word!


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      January 20, 2013 @ 8:42 pm Michael Yardney

      Thanks for the kind words.
      Sure I mainly mention real estate and property investment in this blog, but I do have “a life” and a blended family of 6 children and 5 grandchildren.
      I guess I don’t mention a lot about my personal circumstances in this blog – maybe I should do more of that


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    January 8, 2014 @ 8:01 am Melinda

    Hi Michael ,
    I have been following your blogs to increase my knowledge of property investment . However I was pleasantly surprised and enjoy all your your blogs on a variety of topics as they are very informative and I have learnt a lot. For example the recent advice about the importance of exercise for well being . I used to exercise for weight loss however I now realise I should also do it for my mental health .
    Thanks Melinda .


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      January 8, 2014 @ 9:01 am Michael Yardney

      Thanks for the positive feedback Melinda.
      Yes, it’s important to have balance in your life


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    January 8, 2014 @ 9:05 am Lee

    Hi Michael

    Like those above, thank you for your blog. I love reading all the info you regularly send through.
    Just quickly in nutrition though, a calorie in not necessarily a calorie. Different nutrients cause different reactions by the body when it comes to fat storage and hunger.
    We need to look at ‘why’ we eat more and move less and it has everything to do with the types of foods we eat. Simply if we cut out wheat and added sugar from our diet and replace it with meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, some nuts and seeds and some full fat dairy (cheese, yoghurt) the it will make a massive difference. We train hundreds of clients a year to lose weight whilst feeling great and then keep it off, using the simple above trick.
    Don’t stress about fat as it’s required by the body in virtually every cell. If it’s meat and it came with it, then eat it 😉

    Our clients have gone off heart pressure and cholesterol tablets by following that advice and it will work for nearly everyone.
    Great post to stimulate thinking about peoples diets though.
    Thanks again!

    Lee Wisniewski
    Bootcamp Geelong


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      January 8, 2014 @ 11:09 am Michael Yardney

      Thanks for the great information Lee
      It sounds like I should be giving you a call about my diet


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    January 16, 2014 @ 9:36 pm Kathy

    Followed this link from Matusik. Wow, it was actually really interesting and I’m very health conscious and pride myself on knowing a fair bit about nutrition and diet but I learnt some new things and have to agree.

    There are of course many other factors that could be added to this list, but one of my pet hates in particular are artificial sweeteners. Sometimes the so called sugar free products are much worse for you than real sugar, which is still derived from a plant and not a manufactured chemical concoction. I don’t eat or drink any sugar free products myself, but I think for other as a (very) OCCASIONAL treat, have the one with real sugar in it. Just like the so called low fat products, obesity is on the increase, in spite of, or possibly because of (according to new research) these sugar free items.

    Just aim to eat more unprocessed items. As I read recently, the longer the shelf life, the shorter your real life.


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      January 16, 2014 @ 9:46 pm Michael Yardney

      Thanks for your comments Kathy
      If you know me, you’ll know I don’t really eat well, but I know I should and I’m going to try harder this year.
      Thanks for your input


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