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A very common question that I get asked all the time is Max why am I not losing weight.
And usually, the conclusion that people immediately jump to is something along the lines of it wasn’t meant to be.
Some variations of this kind of thinking include, “Oh I’m just naturally big boned so no matter what I do I’m still gonna be fat.”
Or “I’m just too old to look as lean as I used to in my 20’s” Or another common one “I’ve always been fat pretty much my whole life, so that’ll probably never change.
” All of these statements are untrue and by thinking such things you are just holding yourself back.
That little negative voice is in all of our heads and attaches itself to all kinds of different parts of our lives.
That voice wants you to quit and wants you to seek comfort as quickly and painlessly as possible.
It gives you all the reasons why you can’t do it. Well, I’m here to tell you that that voice is an absolute lie.
I’ve seen so many people say they can’t lose any more weight and just because of the fact that they didn’t give up, eventually they had a breakthrough.
The thing about a breakthrough is you can’t give someone a breakthrough, all I could do for example is a point in the direction someone has to go,
and the breakthrough is entirely something that has happened within that person and only they can make it happen.
The only way to stand a chance at reaching that breakthrough is to not give up. So that is the first step to help you start losing weight again.
Don’t give up. even if you don’t lose weight this week or next week don’t give up.
The next thing you’re going to want to do is to make sure that your tracking every single thing that you eat.
I mean everything. people that think that they have an idea of how much they’re eating in the day are blown away once they start tracking.
Find out how many calories and macros you should be eating through a calorie calculator app and make sure you’re hitting those numbers every day.
Don’t drastically under eat, stick to your recommended numbers and only deviate by small amounts when you’re not making progress.
Your workouts are another huge thing that could be one of the causes that you’re not getting results.
When was the last time that your workout was drastically changed? You have to change the entire structure of the workout.
When you want to break through a plateau your workout has to change big time from what it was before the plateau.
Now if you’re exercising and tracking what you eat, and still not losing weight, the problem may be something wrong with your hormone levels.
There are a ton of hormones that can block us from losing weight, and all of them are released when our bodies are stressed.
Cortisol is a hormone that will prevent us from losing weight and is released when our bodies are under stress from a number of different things
including lack of sleep, high-stress levels, too much exercise, and eating the wrong food.
There are a lot of other hormones that affect weight loss like testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, ghrelin, leptin and the list goes on and on.
To balance out your hormones first and most importantly start with your diet. Identify not only what you’re allergic to, but also what you are sensitive too.
Different people have trouble digesting different things and when we eat these things that we are sensitive too our bodies become stressed out and cortisol is released.
Our balance of testosterone and estrogen can be affected by things like high fructose corn syrup, non-organic meats, processed meats, and dairy that is pumped full of growth hormones.
If you eat dairy products or for some people grains and you feel like garbage 2-3 hours after, you may want to try to remove it from your diet.
Use this approach for all other food groups that you may be sensitive to. Making your diet hormone friendly also can include adding certain food.
Many times we eliminate fats almost entirely from our diet when trying to burn fat. This is such a big mistake because fats are responsible for producing many of our good hormones that lead to weight loss.
So try adding some healthy fats back into your diet. Another thing you should do is try to have protein
and a lot of fiber in every meal this way you spike your metabolic rate and balance estrogen levels.
In general, you must switch to a natural diet for your body, you definitely cannot balance hormones by eating junk and processed foods.
When eating food high in vitamins, antioxidants, and dense in nutrients, you provide your body what it needs to begin healing itself.
Find what is natural for your individual body through experimentation. Once you fix up your diet, you really want to work on your stress levels.
Make sure you are getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night. If you’re not weight training you should start
because you release many hormones necessary for weight loss during and after a weight training workout.
Try meditation, yoga, or sitting in a sauna first thing in the morning to help you relax and unwind.
If you can get your body out of fight or flight mode then you may start shedding those extra pounds again.