Why Can't I Lose Weight

The single most important rule to losing body fat is that you must be in a calorie deficit on more days than not. A good sign that you are losing weight is that you approach your next meal you feel hungry. It's a no brainer.

Sometimes however, it feels like no matter what you do your body simply refuses to let go of the weight no matter what changes you make to your diet and training program...

There are some underlying conditions that make it difficult for women to shift fat, when you are struggling to lose weight it might be worth asking your Doctor about the following


Sleep Apnea

ANYTHING that disrupts your sleep can have a negative impact on your ability to lose body fat.
When you don’t get enough sleep Leptin, the hormone that tells the brain, “you’re full” decreases by approximately 15%.
At the same time ghrelin, the hormone that signals, “you’re really hungry’ increases by about the same amount.
And it doesn’t end there- insufficient sleep is also associated with adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance and depression- all of which can affect your body composition.

PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome affects the way a woman’s body utilizes insulin leading to high insulin levels and insulin resistance.
PCOS will also cause an increase in androgen production.
These hormonal imbalances make losing body fat extremely difficult- even when you are doing everything right.

Hypothyroidism

Low thyroid makes losing weight extremely difficul due to a low metabolic rate. Metabolic rate is quite simple is the amount of energy (calories/kilojoules) you need to keep the body functioning at rest
Many who test within the “normal” range of traditional medical standards still need thyroid support.


Note: certain medication can also make losing body fat very difficult for men AND women.
SSRI (antidepressants), beta blockers and insulin are three of the more common ones.

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