Are you struggling to lose weight?

Do you exercise religiously and eat well, but your measurements and the weighing scales tell a different story? Don’t worry we have all been there! Jumping on an extreme diet and cutting calories is not the answer. 

To help you get off your plateau and kick start your weight loss again, follow these simple tips outlined below!

Eat breakfast daily

If you skip breakfast in the morning, you are more likely to feel hungrier at lunchtime, so you may end up bingeing as a result, and eat more than you need. Aim to eat within one hour of waking, and a protein rich breakfast can help you to feel full for longer and get you through to lunchtime. For daily recipe ideas contact us.

Don’t eat too close to bedtime

If you are eating a big meal late at night, this can raise your body temperature, blood sugar and insulin, which makes it harder for your body to burn fat. Instead aim to eat your dinner 3 hours before you head to bed.

Reduce your stress

You may be feeling stressed for a number of reasons such as working long hours, juggling too many commitments or being a new Mum. When you are feeling stressed you’re more likely to reach for the high-calorie and high fat foods.  And you body tends to store fat when you are stressed out.  The remedy for this is to reduce your stress in your life via exercise, meditation and learning to say no.

Get enough sleep

If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your metabolism can slow down and you won’t burn calories as fast as you would like. If you are feeling tired you are less likely to exercise and you may make poor food choices.  There are many ways to get a better night’s sleep click here to find out our top 7 tips to a better night’s sleep.  

Check your thyroid and hormones

If your thyroid is underactive it can lead to weight gain. This is due to a build up of salt and water in your body. If you have an overactive thyroid,  you may lose weight, but some gain weight due to the fact that you will feel hungrier. There are also other hormones which may play a role in your inability to lose weight. Make an appointment to see your doctor to get your hormones and your thyroid checked to rule these out.

Lift weights

By lifting weights, you will burn calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common side effect of losing weight. So if you are currently doing all cardio in a bid to shift those pesky kilos, it's time to mix it up and start lifting some weights too. 

Eat whole organic  foods, and avoid sugary drinks

Skip the processed food aisle at the super market. Instead head to your local farmers markets at the weekend and purchase all of your organic fresh produce for the week ahead, including your fruit, vegetables, meats, fish and cheese. Purchase only organic packaged groceries and avoid sugary drink and fruit juices. These drinks are the most fattening thing that you can put into your body so avoid them at all costs! 

So what are you waiting for?

Start implementing these tips, mix up your exercise regime, include weights and cardio, improve the quality of the food you consume,  and you will be shifting those extra kilos in no time at all!

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you achieve your goals. 

Author:  Vanessa Geraghty McGann - Owner & Master Trainer - PTV Personal Training & Wellness Coaching - Scarborough WA.  pt_v@live.com.au.