5 Reasons It's Hard Losing Weight
By Shelby Olson, MS, LN
January 21, 2020
Time and again when clients have had trouble losing weight in the past, it’s due to these 5 issues. Take a look at how they’re connected to overall health, and yes, weight loss – and more importantly, how you can turn these issues around, just like countless of our clients have.
While many people would raise their hand to say they have a slow metabolism, most are unaware that they may also have insulin resistance. Research indicates insulin resistance is a primary cause of a slow metabolism, which happens over time when you consume foods high in sugar and processed carbohydrates.
Some Indicators of Insulin Resistance:
- Excess belly fat
- Sugar cravings that cause you to want more and more
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver
- Always feeling hungry
- Aches and pains throughout your body, including joint pain
- Bone thinning
Lack of Quality Sleep
Lack of sleep makes it harder for our bodies to manage glucose, which leads to sugar cravings, a slowed metabolism and weight gain (especially in the abdominal area).
Some Indicators of a Sleep Issue:
- Not feeling rested/restored/replenished in the morning
- Snoring or diagnosed sleep apnea
- Intense sugar and processed carb cravings during the day, or times of overeating/bingeing on these foods during the day
- Weight gain/trouble losing weight (for instance 5-15 pounds coming on slowly each year)
- On sleep medications, or depression/anxiety medication
Read on for many more indicators and a delicious idea to help you sleep better.
We’ve seen countless clients who struggle with the digestive issues listed below. Perhaps you can relate to many of these uncomfortable symptoms. With digestive issues, you won’t be able to break down nutrients properly, which means energy production will be slowed, leading to a slower metabolism.
Some Indicators of Poor Digestion:
- Abdominal pain
- Bone thinning
- Trouble swallowing
- Brain fog
Read on for the two main culprits of these digestive issues and how to break the cycle.
Lack of Water
Lack of water makes it harder for our kidneys to function properly, which then interrupts the liver’s job of metabolizing fat. So if you’re not hydrated, your liver pitches in to help the kidneys and can no longer metabolize fat, which leaves fat stored as excess weight.
Some Indicators of Dehydration:
- Dry mouth/dry eyes
- Less urine output
- Yellow urine (not clear)
- Dry skin and wrinkles
- Tired/sleepy/lack of energy
Read on for ideas on how to drink more water and why eight cups of water may not be the right amount for your body.
Estrogen dominance is too much estrogen compared to your progesterone, and it’s often the cause of weight gain. This commonly happens to women, and even men, of all ages. Estrogen stores fat and fat cells make estrogen, so this easily becomes a vicious cycle.
Some Indicators of Estrogen Dominance:
- Weight gain in your hips, thighs and arms
- Acne on your chin and jawline
- Hormonal migraines/headaches
- PMS, irregular or heavy menstrual cycles
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Long history of birth control use
- Premature puberty
- Many menopause symptoms
Read on for what to add into your diet to help combat too much estrogen and an inspiring success story you may relate to.
Where to Start?
Do any of the above indicators jump out to you? Or perhaps many in various categories sound familiar? We can help! There is MUCH we can do with nutrition to support and even solve these five issues, which will also help to heal your metabolism (plus many of those indicators above!). Our 12-week Nutrition 4 Weight Loss program is designed to address these issues and many, many more. 96% of participants see positive health results – and you can too.