Weight loss is a one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, because so many people struggle with it. In theory, it sounds easy enough: eat less calories than you burn. Unfortunately, this is not the case since a variety of factors contribute to sustaining a healthy weight:

Poor diet.  This goes beyond calories. The content of food such as fats, sugar, protein, and carbohydrates all require a balance.


Drastic short-term diets.  Too little calories will cause muscle loss and push your body into starvation mode in an attempt to maintain body weight. You can also become deficient in micronutrients.

Lack of exercise.  Decreasing calories and not exercising will result in muscle loss. This in turn decreases the amount of calories you burn per day. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even at rest.

Artificial sweeteners.  These products confuse your body into thinking calories are consumed.  This can lead to improper processing that causes sugar and carbohydrate cravings which has also been linked to higher body fat.


High stress.  Belly fat increases from elevated cortisol (stress hormone) levels. High stress over time causes fatigue, making exercise less efficient while also increasing cravings.


Lack of sleep.  Hormones related to appetite are altered which slows your metabolism.

Hormone imbalance.  Promotes weight gain, especially abdominal fat.

Each of these factors plays an important role and must be addressed for successful weight loss and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

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