Why am I struggling to lose fat? Part 1: Stress

You are on your weight loss journey. You have a tailored training plan and a tailored nutrition plan, but your weight loss has stalled.

So, what’s next?

Well, most people would automatically think, “oh, I need to drop my calories again, or I need to increase my energy expenditure!!” What I would look are the underlying issues that may be causing your weight loss to stall.

For me, it’s about trying to fix any underlying malfunctions of your body so you can create a healthy and more efficient engine (your body & mind) which will make it easier for your body to lose fat permanently.

Today I will give you Factor One of three factors that I would look at with my clients.

Factor One: STRESS!!!

In today’s society, it is one hectic world out there, and we are continually battling against stress no matter what. Whether it is money, work, lack of sleep…these are all factors that can cause stress which in turn causes people to have elevated levels of cortisol which is a stress hormone.

If left unchecked, high levels of cortisol can cause many issues such as:

– Weakened immune system
– Damage to the health of the digestive system
– Cause thyroid to get out of balance
– Can lead to insulin resistance

Any of these unchecked can lead to making fat loss very difficult.

Managing your stress levels can be tough but what I would recommend is getting enough sleep, seven hours each night if possible. Try to get into a routine of going to bed and waking at the same time each day. Routine can be hard, especially when it comes to the weekends and after social events but if you try to have a regular sleeping pattern for the majority of the time, you’ll be on the right training.

My next blog on ‘Why am I struggling to lose body fat?’ will be on the digestive system so keep an eye out for it folks.

If you have any questions on training, nutrition, mindset or anything at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or just grab me in the gym for a chat.

~ Craig
Tailored Physique Fitness