I’ve been getting your newsletters and finding them very helpful and informative. I have a question. I’m eating right and working out at the gym, but I’m not losing weight! What could I be doing wrong?
I’m happy you find my newsletters helpful and thank you for emailing me with your question. When it comes to weight loss and reasons why you are not losing, the answer can be complex, but not difficult to find out. Before going to the typical possible reasons like changing your nutrition, workouts, and drinking more water, etc. its vital to start at the beginning with taking a look at your health and if you have any possible medical conditions that could be preventing you from losing weight. Here are 5 main medical conditions that can prevent people from losing weight.
The most common thyroid condition is hypothyroidism or an underachieve thyroid. Your thyroid gland plays a key role in your metabolism. A person who has an underachieve thyroid my experience fatigue, have an intolerance to cold and night sweats are the most common. Thyroid disfunction is often seen more often in women, but men can suffer from it too. Having an underachieve thyroid can make it very difficult to lose weight. Kelly Clarkson, in June of 2018 revealed on The Today Show that she discovered she had a thyroid condition and once treated, she was able to lose 37 pounds.
Insulin resistance is when the cells in your body are not responding to insulin which helps regulate blood sugar. When foods such as carbohydrates are eaten, your body needs insulin to help process the glucose carbs turn into. One of insulin’s jobs is to help push the glucose into the cells so the cells can use it for energy. The cells job is to allow the glucose in through receptors. When the receptors are not responding, high levels of sugar remain in the blood stream which makes losing weight difficult. Insulin resistance is usually a pre-curser to pre and type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Pre-diabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high in the blood system. Usually, the culprit is due to a lack of exercise and eating foods high in refined carbohydrates and processed foods. In order to know If you are pre or have type 2 diabetes, your doctor would know based on your lab work results. Having high levels of sugar in your blood system can make it extremely difficult to lose weight.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS, is a hormonal imbalance dealing with fertility in women. Often this diagnosis is determined when a woman is in her late teens. It usually manifests in irregular menstrual cycles, acne, excessive hair growth due to higher testosterone levels and insulin resistance.
Testosterone decreases in men as they age. When testosterone levels decreases in the blood, estrogen level increase resulting in an accumulation of abdominal and chest fat deposits. When testosterone levels are low, the symptoms include fatigue and weight gain in addition to low libido.
When it comes to dealing with stagnate weight and if you are considering losing weight, it's best to start with a wellness exam which includes tests that will determine if you have a medical condition that could be preventing weight loss.
There are many physical conditions that can prevent or slow down weight loss which is why I came up with an online course that describes all the weight loss blocks that can be keeping you stuck. Regardless if you are losing and are successful right now, only 1% of everyone who diets will actually reach their goal and keep the weight off. Learn more here.
It took me over 2 years to lose over 100 pounds and during the journey, I had to come face to face with blocks that in the past would have caused failure. If you are serious about wanting to reach your weight loss goal for good, then make sure to do all it takes. You deserve the best body and life ever!
Medical Weight Loss, Nutrition Specialist, Author & Life Coach
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