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.

Genetics

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.

Exercise

More than 80% of U.S. adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Regular exercise and physical activity has a multitude of health benefits and is a key element for preventing weight gain and chronic disease.

Prescription Medications

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.

Depression

Depression is linked to overeating, specifically the overconsumption of high-calorie comfort foods, as well as physical inactivity.

Diet & Lifestyle

The food and lifestyle choices you make, as well as the quality and quantity of food you eat has a profound impact on your body composition.

Sleep

Research suggests that there’s a link between how much people sleep and how much they weigh. In general, those who get too little sleep tend to weigh more than those who get enough sleep.

Stress

The stress hormone cortisol is secreted during times of stress which causes an increase in appetite. Reaching for high-calorie comfort foods in times of stress is the perfect recipe for weight gain.

Menopause

Most women gain weight around the time of menopause with fat accumulating around the waist more so than the hips and thighs. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and smart dietary modifications during this transitional period can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Hypothyroidism

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

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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