Overeating carbs, sugar and processed food and not exercising are obvious causes of weight gain. There may be hidden contributors to weight gain that could be sabotaging your health goals.
Fruit is Sugar!
Yes, we all know that fruit is considered a health food, but the truth is fruit is fructose. Fructose is a form of sugar and to your body, sugar is sugar. The fructose in the fruit has to be broken down by the liver. If you are eating or drinking too much fructose, it can overload your liver. While your liver is processing the fructose, it is not properly able to breakdown the fat you are trying to loose.
There are several ways that fruit sneaks into your diet, often disguised as health food. A few of these so called health foods are, fruit smoothies, granola bars, oatmeal with fruit add-ins and cereal. Keep in mind, being labeled as a health food, doesn’t mean its healthy for you.
The biggest culprit of artificial sweeteners is found in your drinks. Those zero calorie drinks have hidden dangers that contribute to weight gain. The artificial sweeteners may be zero calorie but the sweetness of them can trigger your sugar cravings. The trigger of your sugar cravings will cause you to overeat in future meals. Also, the artificial sweeteners can disrupt the metabolic process making it harder for your body to burn fat.
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Lack of Sleep
If you are sleep deprived, sleeping less than the recommended average 7.5 hours a night, your metabolism may not be functioning properly. There are two hormones that are critical to the metabolic process. These hormones also contribute directly to how much food you are eating.
Leptin is the hormone that signals to your body, to stop eating. Ghrelin is the hormone that signals to your body, to eat. When you are sleep deprived, you have more ghrelin and less leptin. This means you are eating more and your metabolism is working slower.
When you are loosing fat, your body is going through the process of lipolysis. this is when your stored fat is broken down by your body and used for energy. Lipolysis requires the body to be properly hydrated in order to go through the process. Additionally, the process of breaking down fat releases toxins into the body. During this process, if you are even slightly dehydrated those toxins cannot be properly flushed out.
If you are struggling with weight loss or if you have plateaued, make sure these hidden contributors are not holding you back.
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