Things that could be preventing you from losing weight
Making simple swaps and changing the daily choices you make in your lifestyle can greatly impact your weight loss programme. If you’re stuck on a plateau and can’t understand why, analyse your lifestyle and daily routine – what could you do differently that would cut calories and get you moving more? Write out a list of your activities from the moment you wake up – what do you eat and how do you travel to work? Try making small adaptations that won’t upset your day to day living such as swapping a sugary tea for healthy green tea. Could you get off at the bus stop before your usual one and walk the extra distance? Take the stairs to your office instead of the list and have a tasty fruit salad for your afternoon snack. Check out these tips from weight watchers uk for more inspiration.
Stress can affect the body in many ways no matter how old or young you are. Anxiety, depression and sleepless nights can all accumulate and affect your health without you even realising it. One of the symptoms of severe stress can be comfort eating. Comfort eating can lead to all sorts of mental and physical illnesses. From anxiety and depression to bulimia and even anorexia. For help and advice regarding eating disorders, visit the Newbridge House website. Reaching for the biscuit tin or getting a takeaway meal for dinner instead of preparing a healthy meal for yourself can seem less time consuming and less of an effort. It’s time to nip it in the bud and deal with the root of your issues to stop you piling on the pounds. Speak to your GP to see if you can be prescribed medicine to help you cope better or ask your local pharmacist for natural remedies such as stress relieving tablets.
If you are stumped as to why you aren’t seeing the scales go down instead of up you may need to explore health conditions that could be contributing to this. An underactive thyroid, diabetes, or kidney stones could be underlying health issues that may cause an increase in weight making it more difficult to shed fat. It’s important to rule out these by visiting your GP. Consider the following symptoms for an underactive thyroid – do you have tingly fingers, depression, tiredness, cold sensitivity, achy muscles and brittle hair. Classic signs of diabetes could be severe thirst, excessive hunger, more than frequent urination, or difficult to heal cuts and bruises. You can be tested for this with a simple blood test. Finally, Kidney Stones can be affecting your everyday life with blood in the urine, colic, nausea, and vomiting. The condition can become very painful making simple lifestyle activities difficult. An operation at an out-patient clinic such as Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) will remove the stones and you should make a full recovery. It’s important to address any of these symptoms as soon as they appear as leaving them undetected can cause more serious health issues. NHS24 and your local health surgery can offer more information and advice.