What’s preventing you from losing weight?
Are you actively trying to lose weight, but find it frustratingly slow? Or maybe it’s not happening at all? Find to what might be the cause and what you can do.
If you’ve been working out, trying to eat better, and minding your weight as of late, then it can be frustrating when you step on the scale to see that nothing has changed or that, sometimes even more upsetting, your weight has gone up.
Could there be some factor that is stopping you from losing weight? In this article we’re going to look at potential problems, mistakes you might be making, as well as what can be done.
There basic laws of thermodynamics make it impossible for you to not lose weight if you’re burning more calories than you’re eating.
Some factors, like your metabolism, may slow down the burning of said calories, but they can’t prevent this simple fact and the help of a dietary tracker like My Fitness Pal can help you get a more precise idea of exactly what you put in and what you burn each day.
However, it’s important to make sure that you’re not just eating the recommended amount, but that you’re eating enough. If you eat too little, your body will go into starvation mode, making it much harder to burn calories as a result.
The foods that you’re eating
If you’re finding it hard to shift the pounds, it might not just be how much you’re consuming, but specifically what you’re consuming, as well.
There are plenty of foods to avoid if you want to lose weight. White bread is one of the worst and most commonly eaten foods that causes your glucose levels to shoot up. Alongside soda and other sugary foods, it’s easy to consume too much glucose, which can really pile on the pounds.
Consider medical solutions
If you’re finding that exercise and fitness are not enough to help you make the progress that you want, then there are other solutions. With the help of weight loss surgeons like Dr Govind Krishna, there are several options that could give you an advantage in your future weight loss efforts.
Options like a gastric sleeve or bypass surgery can help those who are attempting to reduce weight in people who are obese and at serious risk of their weight affecting their health. There are non-surgical options, as well, so it’s worth talking to your doctor about what can be done.
Could your hormones be responsible?
The hormones that your body produces for a wide variety of purposes can affect your health in many, often unexpected and unintended, ways.
Some hormone balance can as mentioned in this piece by the dietician, Kim Rose-Francis RDN, lead to changes in your body weight. There is a range of hormones that contribute to feelings of hunger, fullness, as well as hormones like estrogen that can affect how your body both craves and handles the food that it eats.
As such, sometimes, talking to your doctor about a hormone imbalance might be able to uncover issues that could also be affecting your weight.
It can be frustrating when the weight doesn’t fall off like you hoped, especially when you are trying hard. Sometimes, there are circumstances to mitigate, and specific treatments you might need, but it’s possible, so keep trying.
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