Why Your Diet is Failing - 5 Diet Saboteurs

So you think you’ve been doing everything right with your diet, but your beer gut is still making its last stand.  Unless your “diet” consists of eating weight watchers TV dinners for breakfast lunch and dinner, you’re probably inadvertently doing something else that is stopping you from getting results. 

Here are 5 factors that could be inhibiting your weight loss goals that people commonly neglect.

 

 1. Binge Drinking

I don’t necessarily mean alcohol, even though beer does have a lot of calories.  A lot of people associate liquids with being devoid of any real calories since they’re not “solid food,” but many drinks these days can be enough to prevent you from losing weight, even if the solid food you’re eating is considered healthy. 

For instance, a 20 ml bottle of coke contains over 100 grams of sugar and 250 calories!  Try switching to caffeine pills or even fat burning supplements for your daily caffeine needs… even if you still don’t lose weight, at least you’ll have a whiter smile now.

2. Internet Use

Another factor that has recently been shown to lead to weight loss is internet use.  A recent study has shown that people who use the internet more frequently have increased social anxiety in “face to face” social situations.  Not only is social anxiety a good way to make you a hermit, but stress and anxiety releases the hormone cortisol, leading to a spike in appetite that can lead to weight gain. 

3. Medication


If you take an antidepressant, then there’s a good chance that it could be causing you to overeat.  If you take an SSRI or a benzodiazepine, you could be experiencing side effects such as carbohydrate cravings and a slower metabolism.  Ask your doctor if you suspect that your medication is causing you to gain weight. 

4. Timing

Another thing that people don’t realize is the timing in which they’re eating or exercising.  For example, it’s natural to feel hungry after a long run, but most people will binge after, using the fact that they just ran as justification to eat even more.  Not only does this negate any calories you may have burned during the run, but prevents you from experiencing an “after burn,” or the few hours after intense cardiovascular exercise where your metabolism is still has the afterburners on in fat burning mode.  If you’re trying to get your body fat percentage below 10% or trying to burn abdominal fat, making optimal use of the after burn is a must. 

5. Sleep

The last thing that you may be neglecting is sleep.  Recent studies have shown that sleeping effects the hormones Leptin and Ghrelin.  When you don’t get sleep, your levels of Leptin drop, reducing satiety after meals.  Ghrelin levels also rise, stimulating appetite.  Combined, they make a double edged sword of weight gain that’ll be sure to ruin your diet plans.   

If you take an antidepressant, then there’s a good chance that it could be causing you to overeat.  If you take an SSRI or a benzodiazepine, you could be experiencing side effects such as carbohydrate cravings and a slower metabolism.  Ask your doctor if you suspect that your medication is causing you to gain weight. 

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