Your body fat not your body weight is correlated with your disease risk. The higher your body fat, the greater your risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. If you’re working hard at eating clean and exercising assess the following areas of your lifestyle to see if you can do better.
Reasons you may be stuggling to reduce that stubborn body fat:
- Sleep: If you don’t get enough sleep, you face bigger concerns than just moodiness or fatigue. Sleep controls hormones that control your appetite and your metabolism, not to mention the important role it plays in immunity, which you need working in your favor not only for staying healthy, but to lose body fat, too. All systems need to be working properly for your body to lose weight, and sleep plays a big role.
- Inflammation: can be the root cause of weight gain and many chronic diseases, and almost all of us have it for one reason or another thanks to our stress, eating too much sugar, drinking too much alcohol or not getting enough sleep. Managing these areas and choosing a diet high in fruggies but low in processed foods, red meats and sugar can have a huge impact. Oh and don’t forget to drink lots of water!
- Alcohol: Drinking alcohol affects the blood sugar which in turn affects insulin levels, which leads to more fat storage. Plus, one of your liver’s many jobs is metabolizing fat and moving it out of the body. If your liver is too busy metabolizing alcohol, you can bet fat burning become less of a priority. Alcohol consumption above moderate levels can also interfere with your ability to sleep soundly, and we already know how important sleep is for metabolism.