Losing weight is no walk in the park. A lot of it actually depends on your metabolism — while some people are blessed with burning off calories faster than you probably finish your meal, others aren’t so lucky.
In fact, for a large part of the population, losing weight is an uphill task. And it often happens that you’re religiously following a diet and exercise regime but are still failing to drop those pounds.
Here are some blunders you could be making that are hindering your progress…
1. You don’t sleep enough
Sleep is extremely essential and not simply a time when your body is resting. And when you don’t sleep enough, you’re lowering the benefits that come with dieting and exercise. Sleep deprivation can cause a number of health woes, not to mention a sluggish metabolism, increased appetite and lower energy levels.
2. You barely eat
This is another mistake that a lot of dieters make. Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you have to eat tiny morsels for each meal. Eating very little makes your body store whatever you east as fat — just the opposite of what you want. It also causes your metabolism to slow down, making it more difficult for you to lose weight.
3. You have underlying medical conditions
When you’re suffering from certain medical conditions, losing weight is more difficult. These include hypothyroidism, PCOS and other hormonal conditions that cause weight gain. You could also be suffering from some sort of food allergy or side-effects of some medication that you’re taking that is making it tough for you to lose weight.