Weight Loss Resistance
Losing weight requires four major pillars that must be addressed: proper diet, proper exercise, proper metabolism and proper mindset. Losing weight is much more complicated than simply burning calories and decreasing intake of calories. When one has underlying metabolic problems that need to be identified and addressed, weight loss resistance can ensue.
Genes influence every aspect of human development and physiology, and some individuals are genetically predisposed to gaining weight more easily than others. You can’t pick your genes but you can control your diet, lifestyle, environment, which impacts our genetic predisposition for obesity and chronic disease.
An unfortunate side effect of many prescription medications is weight gain. Common culprits include antidepressant medications, steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, antipsychotic medications, birth control medications, along with medications that treat migraines, seizures, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
*Never stop taking any prescribed medication without first consulting your prescribing physician.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal problem in women of childbearing age resulting in the growth of small cysts on the ovaries. The condition leads to hormone imbalances that affect a woman’s menstrual cycle and can lead to extra body hair and acne. Women with this condition are resistant to insulin (the hormone that controls blood sugar) and in a prediabetic state. The weight gained tends to collect around the belly, putting these women at greater risk for heart disease. In addition, PCOS patients have a high prevalence of developing autoimmune thyroiditis and infertility.
Without enough thyroid hormone metabolism slows, making weight gain more likely. In addition, a thyroid functioning at the lower end of the normal range may cause weight gain. Common hypothyroid symptoms include fatigue and sluggishness, weakness and malaise, hair loss, coarse hair texture, depression, constipation, intolerance to cold temperatures, and weight gain.
Cushing’s syndrome is a condition which occurs when the body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a long period of time. The resulting weight gain is most prominent around the face, neck, upper back between the shoulders, or waist. The most common cause of Cushing’s syndrome is the use of oral corticosteroid medications. Cushing’s disease refers to a pituitary-dependent cause of Cushing’s syndrome due to a pituitary tumor.
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