A weight-loss journey is one of the hardest missions you will ever go on, but it is even harder if you have obstacles in your way that you are not aware of, so here are five hidden reasons you may not be losing weight:
1. You Are Not Totally Aware Of How Much You Are Consuming.
When people decide to go on a weight loss journey, they calculate their BMI (body mass index), so they can figure out how many calories they need to eat less of to lose weight, then they apply that to their portion size.
Most people eye-ball the portion of the food they are consuming and leave it at that. For some, this works, but for most, this doesn’t, so they end up eating larger portions of foods than they think they are eating.
The best way to go about this is to buy a food scale and check the nutritional values of packaged foods, so you understand how much is a serving size and how many calories there are in one serving.
2. You Have A Thyroid Gland That Works Slowly.
The thyroid is in charge of several vital functions in the body, such as metabolism, growth, and, generally, the development of the human body. When your thyroid gland slows down, your metabolism slows down, which means you can eat the same amount of food you used to eat, but this time around, you will gain weight.
The way to manage a low thyroid (hypothyroidism) is to see your health care provider. He or she will run a few tests to know the exact problem with your thyroid. Then they will prescribe medications and a diet plan that is tailored to you.
3. You Are Insulin Resistant.
Insulin is the hormone that helps put carbohydrates from food into your body for energy use. Still, if you are insulin resistant, your body can’t correctly put that energy from carbohydrates (sugar) where it belongs so that the sugar will accumulate in your blood. Eventually, your body will hold on to more fat and make weight loss difficult.
Certain factors play a part in the development of insulin resistance, some of which are:
- Being overweight or obese.
- PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).
- Carrying excess abdominal weight, with or without overall obesity.
- Diabetes mellitus.
- Inactive lifestyle (Leading a sedentary lifestyle).
- Consumption of foods high in carbohydrates and refined sugar.
Stress eating and an increase in cortisol levels (the stress hormone) shut down weight loss and trigger weight gain.
Certain medications have been linked to weight gain either by increasing appetite or decreasing your metabolism. Some of these medications are:
- Certain antidepressants such as amitriptyline, imipramine, paroxetine, and sertraline.
- Antipsychotic medicines such as haloperidol, clozapine, risperidone, olanzapine, and lithium.
- Deltasone (prednisone).
Know that no matter what is standing in your way to reaching your goal weight, there is always a solution. Talk to your health care provider, hire a nutritionist, watch YouTube videos, and read blogs on weight loss, you will eventually find the method that works for you. Your weight loss may be slower than you want, but at least you are still losing weight. We wish you all the best from us at Mayorboss.com.