If you have the feeling that you are gaining weight whereas you are exercising, read this article, it will make you feel better!
Many things can affect your ability to lose weight, such as:
- Food choices: Diet is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy weight. Try to eat more protein-rich foods, fibrous vegetables, healthy fats.
- Activity level
Stress can also affect your weight loss, and over-exercising can lead to stress-related hormonal fluctuations that may make weight loss harder.
Although getting the right amount of physical activity is important for your overall health, overtraining and not getting adequate rest between your workouts can keep you from losing weight. This is why balancing exercise with recovery periods is critical.
Overtraining — especially physically demanding cardiovascular activity, such as a marathon or triathlon training — may increase levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress.
Elevated cortisol levels have been associated with:
- weight gain
- sleep disturbances
- increased inflammation
- excess belly fat (even in lean people)
Elevated cortisol levels drive hunger and cravings for tasty junk foods, which is why chronically elevated levels can lead to weight gain or prevent weight loss.
- cutting down on training sessions
- giving your body time to recuperate between workouts
- adding cortisol-reducing activities to your routine, such as yoga or meditation
Menopause transition (perimenopause) typically begins in your mid-40s. Studies show that hormonal fluctuations during this time may lead to weight gain, especially in your abdominal area.