Once you have committed to healthy change, you tend to notice positive changes right away. These changes motivate you to “stick with it”. Overtime, even though you are healthier, it can feel like you have hit a plateau. Your perception is that the positive changes have come to an end. This is when you have to dig a little deeper into the issues that can sabotage your progress.
Emotions – most people have a serious relationship to food and feelings. On a day-to-day basis, the relationship to food needs to be function or health. Otherwise you will never really learn when you are full, or when have reached your nutrient requirement if you are attaching food to filling a void – happiness, sadness, fright, self esteem, boredom, stress.
Stress and hormones – When these are out of balance, they can trigger false physiological needs and send messages to the body to protect itself by storing fat in unhealthy ways and places.
Sleep – lack of quality sleep, less metabolic activity happening at night – inhibiting repair process. More tired the following days, more likely to crave sugar and carbs as fuel.
Food Allergies or Intolerances – Dairy, Wheat, Soy, Corn, Peanuts etc. You may or may not recognize sensitivity to one of these common allergens. Many people are able to lose those last 10 pounds, and keep it of, by eliminating one or more of these foods from your daily diet. Keep in mind there could also be a direct link from a food allergy to one or more of the three issues mentioned above.
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