Do you ever feel like there’s always someone who can lose weight so easily?
They just eat a few salads, do a few squats, and suddenly they’re ready for a fitness shoot? Or so it seems.
But you on the other hand, you look at pizza and gain 5 pounds, wtf.
Sometimes it seems as if you’re doing everything under the sun to drop some weight but nothing is working.
But what you may not know is that there are many reasons it’s more difficult for you, reasons you may not have thought of.
Try not to get discouraged because you can find out why you’re not losing weight, and turn it around!
Here are some reasons you might not be losing weight when it seems like you’re doing everything right.
You have an underlying condition.
Under production of thyroid hormone which can lower your metabolism. Other symptoms include feeling cold, fatigue, and dry skin.
- Pcos and other hormonal imbalances
Pcos or polycystic ovarian syndrome is A hormonal condition that can cause weight gain due to the higher level of the male hormone androgen, and due to the body’s use of insulin.
Please check with your doctor if you believe that you may have an underlying condition that is affecting your ability to lose weight.
You’re taking certain medications.
Some medications can make it difficult to lose weight and unfortunately can make weight gain even easier.
If you take medication for a condition, look up the side effects and see if that may be a cause of your slow weight loss progress.
If weight gain is a side effect, ask your doctor if there is any other medication you can take.
You might get lucky, but try not to count on it. You should always listen to your doctor!
You’re not getting enough sleep.
You might not think that sleeping (or lack of) has much effect on weight loss but it does.
A lack of sleep can cause your hunger hormones to act all wacky and you might end up eating more than you anticipate, thanks to the hunger hormone, ghrelin.
Plus if you’re awake more often then you’ll likely take in more calories overall.
You can’t eat if you’re sleeping!
You’re eating more than you think.
You swear you’re eating all of the right foods. Your plate looks like a rainbow, full of fruits and vegetables.
But exactly how much are you eating?
Weight loss comes down to a very simple equation.
Of course you should be choosing healthy foods over junk, but remember portion control.
Calories in vs calories out. Eating more calories than your body can burn equals weight gain.
If your portion sizes are huge and you’re having several snacks throughout the day, even if they’re considered healthy, it could be difficult to lose weight.
Who has craved a bag of chips or a bowl of ice cream when something stressful happens? *raises hand*
I’m definitely part of the stress eater club.
Being stressed out sucks, and food is delicious and comforting.
But relieving stress in other ways can be done such as, journaling, crafting, working out, watching a funny movie, cuddling with your love, jamming out to music, etc.
Next time you want to turn to food during a stressful time, try something else instead and see how you feel.
The hormone cortisol also plays a part in stress and an appetite for junk foods.
Stress leads to high cortisol, which leads to food cravings.
Your body has inflammation.
Inflammation is your body’s way of defending itself.
A diet high in sugar and unhealthy fats can contribute to chronic inflammation.
When you have constantly unhealthy eating habits, chronic inflammation can slow down or even stop your weight loss by altering your body’s way of handling insulin.
Also, a poor diet can constantly put your body on “edge” and make it more likely for you to develop conditions like diabetes.
The easiest way to combat this is to eat a diet full of nutrient rich foods.
You might be sitting at a desk all day at your job, but you should be getting up and walking around every hour, just for a few minutes. If you’re drinking a lot of water like you should be, then you’ll be getting up anyway, hello bathroom break… again.
Try getting in at least 10 minutes of cardio each day. I always recommend 10 minutes because who doesn’t have an extra 10 minutes to spare? And most of the time, you’ll find yourself pushing yourself to do just a few more.
Get rid of that sedentary lifestyle. Start small with your exercise and work your way up.
You’re drinking too much alcohol .
Don’t get me wrong here. I love to have a few drinks on the weekend.
But I don’t get hammered.
Drinking too much will cause weight gain.
When you have a drink, your body has to stop processing your food and take care of the alcohol. And whatever your body can’t get to, gets stored as fat.
As with anything else, moderation is key. And opt for lighter drinks, like a vodka and diet soda or a hard seltzer.
You don’t have a plan.
Not having a plan can seriously wreck your plan to lose weight.
If you just kinda wing it, you might do ok for a minute, but it probably won’t last.
Plan your meals, plan your workouts, be prepared.
I can tell you about tons of times I grabbed some fried food from the drive thru because I didn’t have a healthy meal planned out and didn’t feel like putting in the effort.
If I had a plan and knew what I was going to be cooking, I would have been much more likely to stick with my planned meal.
You have unrealistic expectations.
If dropping 10 pounds in 3 days sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is.
Sorry, you can’t lose weight that fast. In a perfect world right?
Going into your weight loss plan with unrealistic expectations can be very disappointing and unmotivating.
You might feel defeated because you’re not losing weight fast enough, or your body isn’t looking anything close to those IG influencers.
Don’t compare your start to someone else’s finish. Don’t go in thinking the weight is going to melt off in a matter of days.
Do your homework, make your plan, stick with it, and you’ll get to where you want to be.
You’re yo-yo dieting.
I’ll tell you a fact about me. I was a yo-yo dieter for years.
And sadly, that makes it harder to lose weight.
When you lose then regain the same 10 pounds you’re actually lowering your metabolism then bringing it back up over and over.
In time, it may actually lower your metabolism permanently.
Older people have a harder time losing weight than younger people.
This is because as you age, you lose muscle mass, which has a large effect on metabolism. An aging body is likely to hold onto more fat easier than younger bodies do.
The best thing to do is to lift some weights and eat a healthy diet as you get older to keep the extra pounds away.
Don’t get discouraged! You can lose weight no matter what your circumstances are.
If you’ve overcome a tough obstacle in relation to your weight loss journey, what was it?