You’re exercising. You think you’re eating healthy foods. You step on the scale and nothing happens. The weight hasn’t budged; you are seeing the same numbers day after day. “Why can’t I lose weight?” is one of the questions we get asked all the time by our male and our female patients.
There is no one-size-fits all answer. The answers to losing weight vary by gender, but there are some general reasons you can’t lose weight and we will cover them here.
Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
When we meet with patients we know they’re coming to us because they want to be in charge of their health and wellness. Our patients are individuals who are looking for a proactive way to their health; they don’t wait until they are ailing or suffering.
Healthy weight goes hand-in-hand with a healthy lifestyle and there are myriad factors that go into why you’re overweight or why you can’t lose weight no matter how hard you try. Sometimes your metabolism needs a boost or your hormones could be out of balance. If you’re a man, Low-T can play a role in weight gain or lack of weight loss.
Here are ten reasons you may be struggling to lose weight or to maintain a healthy body weight:
Your hormones are out of balance. If you’re depressed or anxious, suffer PMS, are fatigued and are finding it hard to lose weight your hormones could play a role.
Lack of Vitamin D. Depending on the area of the country in which you live, you may suffer a lack of sunlight during the winter months; this is especially true in the Northeast. Low Vitamin D levels are associated with several metabolic processes that could lead to weight gain.
You’re sedentary. If you’re not moving around or exercising, you need to cut calories. Obesity is at epidemic levels in this country and to combat that you need to eat healthy foods and factor movement into your daily routine.
Exercising too much. Yes, you can exercise too much and that could be keeping you at a static weight. Shake up your workout routine and find an exercise program that benefits your unique body shape and your hormonal balances and levels.
Your digestion is not optimal. Absorption of the nutrients in the foods you eat contribute to gut health – whether good or bad. Your gut bacteria help process food, make nutrients, make hormones and help fight disease. If your gut bacteria are out of balance, the foods you eat will not be as beneficial as they could be.
You are unaware of the portion sizes you’re eating. If you eat too much of anything, good food or bad, processed foods, you’re not going to get to your optimal weight. Our bodies cannot cope with copious amounts of food at one time. Practice portion control. Be a label reader. Grab measuring cups to assure you’re eating the correct amounts; it is not enough to “eyeball” portions. As a rule of thumb, your dinner plate should consist of: one ¼ protein, ¼ carbs and ½ vegetables or fruits. Eat five to six small meals a day rather than two to three large meals.
Slow down and chew your food. When you thoroughly chew your food it will help your digestive performance and enhance your weight loss efforts.
Stress contributes to weight gain. When you’re under long term stress your body will have high levels of cortisol. This is linked to a blood sugar imbalance and weight gain.
You’re not getting enough high-quality sleep. When you sleep you’re giving your body the downtime it needs to repair itself.
Your liver is not operating up to par. If you’re moody, tired, feeling sluggish and if your diet contains a lot of coffee, sugar and alcohol you need to give your body a break and help it get back to a healthy state. If your liver is “sluggish” it will struggle to process toxins, hormones and other substances. When your liver cannot process these unhealthy items toxins will build up and you will inevitably gain weight. A seasonal cleanse may be in order. We know that a sluggish liver is almost a given in today’s world with the amount of toxins we are exposed to. Dr. Kristin Austin, one of our staff physicians shared, “Time and again I see patients who have trouble losing weight no matter what diet and exercise regime they try. It’s amazing the positive changes that occur when you put in the work to clean out the liver and GI tract.”
Dr. Brandon Chastant, CEO and Medical Director of Grand Canyon Clinics said, “Hormones, including thyroid are some of the main things we look into for difficulty losing weight. In many cases, there is more than one factor preventing weight loss.”
You need to make staying at a healthy weight a way of life. Fad diets, starving yourself or exercising and fasting are not sustainable lifestyles. If you want to lose weight and maintain that weight loss for a lifetime you need to commit to changing your life and your emotional state to, “I want to get, and stay, healthy for a lifetime not just for a moment or a special event.”
Patients at Grand Canyon Clinics can schedule an appointment and rest assured they will be greeted by a non-judgmental health practitioner whose goal it is to help them reach and maintain optimal health for a lifetime.
Contact our office today.