Unable To Lose Weight

Possible Reasons Why You Are Unable to Lose Weight

Do you find that you are unable to lose weight no matter what diet or exercise routine you try? This is a problem that plagues many these days, and it isn’t always for lack of trying. There are a variety of reasons why a person can trudge through months of excruciatingly precise dieting yet never seem to reach their weight loss goal. Take a look at some of the possible causes behind this lack of result.

Unrealistic Goals

Genuinely hoping to lose 50 pounds of fat in one month simply is not realistic unless one intends to go under the knife—which is not considered dieting. Unfortunately it can be very tempting to believe the unrealistic claims that many infomercials and cheap websites provide. They do so because they know that it is human nature to be impatient and want results now. Doctors recommend setting a weight loss goal of about one or two pounds a week. Those who carry a lot of water weight may lose weight more quickly in the beginning, but eventually the process will slow down a bit. If you are still managing to lose one pound a week then you are on track according to most medical professionals. It seems slow, especially if one has to lose a lot of weight, but it is a much safer method and one that will produce lasting results.

Failing to Exercise

It seems that a lot of the infomercials seen on TV and advertisements featured online center around diets. Whether it is a gimmick trying to tempt you into buying already prepared “diet meals” or if it’s a website dedicated to fad dieting, most of them fail to tell you that in order to lose weight properly, you simply have to exercise. Some might argue that if you take in fewer calories than you use just to function through everyday tasks that you will lose weight. This is true to an extent, but eventually you will hit a weight plateau in which you can no longer lose weight because your metabolic rate (the speed at which your body burns fat for energy) will slow down. This is a natural safety measure that occurs in response to the body being forced to function on fewer calories. We simply must exercise in order to lose weight. It will also help to tighten the skin as weight loss occurs, resulting in less flabby pockets of skin.

Underlying and Undiagnosed Medical Conditions

There are a few conditions that have been known to hinder one’s weight loss efforts. Some conditions are a bit more serious, such as hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland cannot perform as well as it should, resulting in insufficient thyroid hormone production. Unfortunately, hypothyroidism and heaviness go hand in hand. In fact, the most obvious and tell-tale signal that one’s thyroid is underactive is the occurrence of sudden weight gain. If this sounds familiar to you, then hypothyroidism may be the reason why you are unable to lose weight. Many people with hypothyroidism have reported that they could eat a diet of less than 1000 calories a day while exercising several times a week and still not seem to lose any weight. There are thyroid hormone pills that can be taken however this will not guarantee that one will be able to lose weight. This could be due to several occurrences from mental chemical imbalances to a stubborn metabolic rate.

Another reason you may be unable to lose weight could be due to chronic stress. Everybody gets stressed out once in a while, however there should be longer periods of happiness and low stress between bouts of recurring stress. In other words, if you imagined your year on a time line, the periods of stress should be minimal in comparison to the low-stress times. If you suffer from chronic stress, then your timeline may actually appear reversed, in which stressful times outweigh the low-stress ones. Studies have shown that stress has a direct effect upon the functioning of your heart, mind, immune system, and metabolism. If you find that you are stressed out more than usual, it could be causing your metabolism to slack off, resulting in a weight plateau.