You’ve tried everything from working out five days a week, eating a healthy diet, but no matter what you can’t seem to shift any weight? Theres more to this process, diet and exercise is just the beginning.

So why isn’t it working? First of all, you need to understand that your body is a whole system. It needs everything to be working well in order to function properly with the very best outcome. If your health or lifestyle is out, it affects all other areas.

There are four key areas you need to focus on in order to re-balance your body and start seeing results.

The first area is stress. You’ve probably heard many times that stress can have a negative impact on you health. But did you know that stress could be one of the most important factors of why you’re not losing weight? When we’re stressed out body releases a hormone called, cortisol, which is responsible for the “flight or fight” response. Cortisol is being released into your body everytime you stress. Your body is receiving as much energy as it possibly can from this “life threatening” event. Now throw exercise into the mix. It’s no wonder that you’re exhausted and not receiving any results from your hard work.

The second factor is diet. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as energy in = energy out. First, you need to consider if you have any dietary needs. Eating foods that are you’re intolerant to can put huge pressures on the body, in turn, having negative affects. You should also try avoid refined sugars in order to maintain a balanced system. Second, the digestive system is largely responsible for governing your bodies functionality. Eating a lot of fermented and alkaline food and drinks is your bodies best friend. Take a high quality probiotic daily and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. Also remember to drink plenty of water.

The third key area is exercise. It’s all about smart movement. It is important that each individual finds movement that works for your own needs. Try a different range of movements to see which one gets you excited and motivated. Different types of exercise range from resistance based workouts, high intensity interval training (HITT), cardio workouts, and yoga. It is important that you love what you’re doing. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore. It is a part of your day that fills you happiness and most importantly, “you time”. Listen to your body and provide it with what it needs at any given time. Some days when you’re feeling down you may need to replace the HITT workout with a yoga session. Work with your body, not against it.

The last key component to loosing weight is sleep. Without sufficient sleep the can’t repair. If the body can’t repair how do you expect it to be balanced? Lack of sleep affects everything from your hormonal system, stress response, digestion, metabolism, immunity to toxins and workout results. So knock off before 10:30pm and wake up before 6:30am for the most restorative hours of sleep.

Assess all areas of your lifestyle, environment, diet and workout routine and bring back balance wherever possible!

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