Why am I not losing weight? Overcoming Challenges to weight loss - MissLJBeauty

Why am I not losing weight? Overcoming Challenges to weight loss

Embarking on a weight loss journey is a great decision, but sometimes, the road to success might feel like an uphill battle. If you find yourself wondering, "Why am I struggling to lose weight?" You are not the only one. I was the same way but don't worry I am here to help you take control of your weight loss journey. 

Weight loss is a personal thing. It should be your choice and it is. I was once 9 stone heavier than I am now and I had the same feeling you do right now and they are completely valid. I thought to myself many times "Why am I doing this?" "Why is my weight not changing when I am putting the work in" "Why am I not seeing results" and the answers are not easy to find. Believe me, I googled and googled. So I thought today we would talk about the reason you might not be losing weight. 

Underlying Health Conditions
Sometimes, weight loss resistance can be down to underlying health issues such as hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, or insulin resistance. These conditions can significantly impact metabolism and make it challenging to shed weight. If you have been trying to lose weight for a long period and you are sure there is something a miss contact your doctor. 

Stress and Cortisol
Elevated stress levels can wreak havoc on weight loss efforts. When stressed, the body releases cortisol, a hormone that not only increases appetite but also promotes fat storage, particularly around the abdominal area. Chronic stress can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to emotional eating, further complicating weight loss. I know this is true as it happened to me. I was going through a very stressful time when I started my weight loss journey and I did the work and couldn't see the results. Some investigation later and my doctor informed me of the Stress and Cortisol issues. 

Inconsistent Sleep Patterns
Quality sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight. Lack of sleep disrupts hunger hormones, ghrelin, and leptin, leading to increased cravings and reduces the feeling of fullness. Additionally, fatigue from inadequate sleep can hinder motivation for physical activity, making weight loss more challenging. If you are tired it is harder to maintain an active lifestyle which can lead to you giving up or feeling sore after physical activity.

Dietary Factors
Despite following a healthy diet, hidden culprits like sugary drinks, over-processed foods, and excessive portion sizes can sabotage weight loss efforts. Additionally, restrictive diets that deprive the body of essential nutrients can slow down metabolism and impede progress. It's all about balance and understanding what your body needs and is craving. Losing weight is not about depriving your body. Guess what I ate chocolate and lost weight. It's about balance and consistency. 

Lack of Physical Activity
While diet plays a significant role in weight loss, physical activity is equally important. A sedentary lifestyle not only burns fewer calories but also leads to muscle loss, which further slows down metabolism. Incorporating regular exercise, including both cardiovascular activities and strength training, is crucial for sustainable weight loss. Physical activities shouldn't be boring they should be something you enjoy and makes you happy. The more you love doing it the more you will stick with it. It is ok if you hate the gym. I didn't hit the gym until I had lost most of my weight. Find what makes you happy. If that is badminton or golf or spin class. We are all different. 

Psychological Factors
Emotional eating, binge eating, and food addiction are common psychological barriers to weight loss. I suffered from these for many years.  Using food as a coping mechanism for stress, anxiety, or boredom can lead to overconsumption and hinder progress.  It is easy to do but addressing these underlying emotional issues through therapy or support groups can be the key to breaking through a weight loss plateau. 

Genetic Predisposition
Genetics can influence various factors related to weight loss, including metabolism, appetite regulation, and fat storage.  Yes, it is true sometimes it just just down to your genes. While genetics may be an issue With a tailored lifestyle, it's possible to overcome genetic predispositions and achieve your weight loss goals.

Medication Side Effects
Certain medications, such as antidepressants, contraception, antipsychotics, and corticosteroids, can cause weight gain or hinder weight loss efforts as a side effect. If struggling to lose weight while on medication, consulting your doctor to explore alternative options  is a good idea. I was on the contraception injection and this made me gain weight. I spoke to my doctor and was moved to the coil and this was a game changer. 

The struggle to lose weight can come from many factors, ranging from underlying health conditions to psychological barriers. Rather than succumbing to frustration, it's essential to approach weight loss with patience, persistence, and positivity.  By addressing the root causes of weight loss issues and adopting sustainable lifestyle changes, We can embark on a journey towards achieving lasting success in their weight loss journey. If I can you can. 

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