Despite all the efforts invested, it is sometimes very difficult to eliminate stubborn pounds because we sometimes forget that some of the reasons that hinder the success of our slimming challenges are rooted in our habits, our lifestyle, and the very functioning of our body.
Eating habits, health problems, sleep, stress… so many factors that intervene on a daily basis and prevent you from reaching your goals. If, despite your numerous efforts, weight loss is still difficult, here are 5 probable reasons that the famous author Peg Moline has collected from the most reputable doctors:
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An inflammation of the intestinal flora
The intestinal flora or intestinal microbiota is a set of microorganisms located in our intestines and plays an essential role in digestion and protection of our body. Inflammation of the intestinal flora can be caused by an excessively fatty diet, the taking of certain medications, or intense stress. An inflammation or disturbance of the intestinal microbiota increases the appetite and therefore weight gain. To regulate it, a diet rich in prebiotics, i.e. ensuring optimal growth of the microorganisms of the intestinal flora, would have the effect of restoring its balance. Prebiotic elements can be found in certain fruits and vegetables such as leeks, bananas, artichokes, etc.
It’s sometimes hard to believe that stress can have such an impact on our bodies, but it turns out that our sensitivity to external and disruptive stimuli can extend to the weight gain mechanism. Stress increases the level of a peptide, an amino acid molecule produced by the brain. This has the effect of stimulating the fat mass, especially in the abdomen. Thus, the first cause of your inability to have a flat belly is your continuous exposure to stress.
Thyroid hormones are secreted by the thyroid, a gland located in the neck area. These hormones play an important role in the regulation of diet and energy expenditure. If you gain weight despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, you are at risk of hypothyroidism. This condition leads to weight gain due to water retention and constipation. Some of the most common symptoms include fatigue, depression, memory problems, as well as decreased libido and weight gain.
Long exposure to screens
When you spend a long time in front of your television, you are exposed to a lot of food advertisements that stimulate your appetite and make you eat even more. Likewise, working at the computer generates stress that leads to mental fatigue. This can be interpreted by the brain as a decrease in energy caused by hunger, and the brain then receives signals to eat. To do this, it is necessary to avoid spending more than two hours a day in front of the television, to take short breaks in the case of sustained mental work in front of the computer, and to try to differentiate the need for a break from the need to eat.
Lack of sleep
According to Matthew Walker, an English scientist, and professor of neurosciences at the University of Berkeley, sleep deprivation reduces activity in the appetite-regulating regions of the brain. So the more sleep you lack, the more caloric foods you seek, as your brain no longer regulates food choices appropriately. In addition, this lack of sleep also affects the circadian rhythm, which is the alternation between periods of wakefulness and periods of sleep. The direct consequence of this altered circadian rhythm is an increase in blood sugar levels. When the blood sugar level exceeds the norm, the pancreas generates insulin, a hormone whose role is to make the body’s cells assimilate glucose. When glucose is not used by the body, it is stored as fat. As a result, we do not lose weight.