Why Can’t I Lose Weight? | A Nutrition Educator’s Answer
By Jackie Cartier
June 15, 2017
We’ve been putting our nutritionists and dieticians to the test with questions about nutrition, client success stories, frequently asked questions and food struggles. Today we’re turning the tables on the nutrition educators who teach many of our classes, from series like the Nutrition 4 Weight Loss Program and Weight & Wellness Series to our one-time classes on everything from gut health to menopause. These talented teachers get to know a lot of clients seeking to improve their health. As a result, they also hear questions that naturally come up on the often long and confusing road to improved wellness.
To kick us off, we asked Rhonda Lajko what question she frequently hears and of course, how does she answer?
Why is it so hard for me to lose weight?
For most people, weight loss is a side effect of a healthy body. As hard as it is to be patient, our bodies strive for health before weight loss can occur. If you have had a history of dieting, are on medications or had unhealthy eating habits in the past, it can take a while for your body to let go of your excess weight. Your body needs to heal before it is willing to work on losing weight. As Nutritional Weight & Wellness dietician JoAnn says, “… slower weight loss is more permanent.”
It helps to think of weight loss like a long row of dominoes. Once the first one is set in motion it affects the next and the next, until the entire configuration is knocked over. While you’re eating well and in balance like we teach in our classes, shift your focus to feel positive about what you are experiencing. Each time you experience fewer aches and pains, clearer thinking, being calm and in control of your emotions, fewer headaches or digestive issues, remember that you are healing your body and are on the path toward your ultimate goal of losing weight.
What would you like to ask a nutrition educator? Let us know by commenting below, and we’ll be sure to chime in! Better yet, ask your questions in person through our array of nutrition classes located online and across the Twin Cities.
For more questions and answers, see our blog series on what our nutritionists are frequently asked.