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Why Weight Loss Can Be Hard!

  • January 28, 2019

Conditions that make Weight Loss Very Difficult

It is definitely true that no two cases of people wanting to lose weight should be treated in the same. 

One of the most troubling consequences of some disease states is that they make weight loss more difficult compared to others. 

These conditions often lead people (perhaps even you) constantly looking for the answer to your weight even though it’s right in front of you. 

In my experience, I’ve found that there are a number of conditions which make weight loss very difficult. 

If you have any of these conditions then you just need to be aware that losing weight will be more difficult for you which means it will take longer and it will be slower. 

  • Those with a history of binge eating disorders – the longer you’ve had these issues the more difficult it will be to lose weight. It appears that binge eating disorders cause severe metabolic damage which can take a very long time to recover from (on the order of years). 
  • Those with VERY high fasting leptin/insulin levels – These values can easily be tested for in the fasted state (meaning you don’t eat any food prior to your lab tests for 12 hours). The higher these values are in the fasted state the more difficult it will be for you to lose weight (generally). High levels of these hormones often represent the presence of hormone resistance syndromes. 
  • Those with multiple hormone imbalances – In general, the more issues you have with your hormones the more difficult it will be to lose weight. For instance, if you are post menopausal AND you have hypothyroidism AND you have high leptin it will be much more difficult for you to lose weight compared to someone with only one hormone-related issue. 
  • Those who have a history of multiple diets in the past – If you are someone who has dieted more than 5-7 times in their life you are probably going to have a more difficult time compared to those who haven’t. My recommendation to you is to avoid these diets because even though they may cause temporary weight loss they almost never lead to lasting weight loss. 
  • Those who are eating less than 1000 calories per day to maintain their weight – There is a growing number of people who manage their weight by consciously suppressing their calories. The main problem here is that this approach causes metabolic damage and will make losing weight difficult. People in this scenario often find that they gain weight even after eating a normal amount of food (1,200-1,500 or more calories in a single day). 
  • Those without a thyroid or those who have undergone radioactive iodine ablation – It’s already difficult to lose weight if you have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s but this problem is compounded if you don’t have a thyroid at all. If you fit into this category it’s still possible to lose weight but you need to be very vigilant about getting on the right dose of thyroid medication and optimizing your free and total T3 levels.
  • Those with a history of sleep apnea – Sleep apnea is a tricky condition because of how sleep can impact your body weight. Sometimes a lack of sleep can lead to weight gain while it’s also possible that weight gain can lead to a lack of sleep. Because this connection is bi-directional (meaning it can go both ways) it’s important to always evaluate sleeping patterns and test for sleep apnea if you are overweight! Sometimes, people don’t lose any weight (despite their best efforts) until they are treated for sleep apnea!  

This list is based on my own experience helping women lose weight and is currently not complete (there are other conditions which make weight loss difficult as well). 

Conclusion

Is it possible to lose weight and keep it off?

The answer is yes, but it will take some work on your part and a fresh outlook on new weight-loss therapies. 

The bottom line is that some of you will have an easier time than others because how much and how quickly you are able to lose weight will depend on the cause of weight gain in your body. 

If you are interested in working 1-to-1 and solving your possible weight-loss issues, send me an email! Let’s start your new journey to sustainable weight-loss together!