Weary of trying different methods to lose weight? Here’s why the denouement is unseen.

We’ve been told a lot of times that weight loss is pretty easy all you have to do is burn more calories than you consume and sure this works at the inchoative stage. When you lose weight your body fights back. You may be able to lose a lot of weight initially but after a period of time, the weight loss slows down or might even stop completely.  Wondering why this may be happening? 

  1. Medical reasons 
  • Addison’s disease (adrenal insufficiency)Addison’s disease is an endocrine or hormonal disorder that occurs in all age groups and afflicts men and women equally. The disease is characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and nonexposed parts of the body. It is common that people with this disorder experience weight gain, while patients with Addison’s disease will lose weight due to vomiting and anorexia.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. While a lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can’t cause weight gain, some medications used to treat COPD, such as steroids, may cause some people to gain weight.

  •  Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term for two conditions (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) that are characterized by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.1 Prolonged inflammation results in damage to the GI tract. IBD can result in weight loss or gain in certain individuals. Some people may experience significant abdominal cramping and pain that may cause them to eat fewer calories than they normally would. Others may stick to certain foods that contain more calories than needed.

  • PCOS

The hormonal disorder polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 1 out of every 10 women during their reproductive years. Women with PCOS often experience issues with hormonal imbalances, metabolism and, as a result, weight gain. Polycystic ovary syndrome is characterized by the excessive body and facial hair (hirsutism), male-pattern baldness, acne, weight gain, infertility, irregular or infrequent periods. Weight gain might just be the biggest problem, along with others that come while living with polycystic ovary syndrome.

2. Losing sleep 

Poor sleep and persistent stress may cause you to gain weight. Not getting enough sleep can affect hormones that regulate your appetite, making you eat more food than you need. Some people cope with stress by eating junk food regularly. In response to stress, your body releases a hormone that promotes visceral fat. Scientists have known for years that sleep deprivation makes you tired and cranky and less able to think clearly. It also can make you fat because it increases levels of a hunger hormone and decreases levels of a fullness hormone, which could lead to overeating and weight gain many studies have shown that sleep deprivation (whether due to self-induction, insomnia, untreated sleep apnea, or other sleep disorders) commonly leads to metabolic disruption. Poor sleep is associated with increased oxidative stress, glucose (blood sugar) intolerance (a precursor to diabetes), and insulin resistance. Extra time spent awake may increase hunger and sleeping less may disrupt circadian rhythms, which leads to weight gain.

3. Skipping meals 

Skipping meals Causes the body to lower its metabolism (how much energy it needs to function), Causes us to burn less energy (fewer calories) and Can lead us to gain weight when we eat our usual amount of food which Leaves us with little energy because the body has run out of the fuel we get from food and Leaves us sluggish .When you skip a meal or go a long time without eating, your body goes into survival mode, This causes your cells and body to crave food which causes you to eat a lot.

4. Not treating yourself 

If you’re never eating the foods you really enjoy or which give you pleasure, then that’s going to result in feelings of deprivation. If you have these feelings of deprivation, it can increase the chance of bingeing or overeating, and this can end up being quite an unhealthy cycle. A healthy diet isn’t just about eating as much vegetables as you can. Enjoying occasional treats creates balance, not to mention helping to support bonds with your friends and loved ones.A healthy diet is balanced and involves eating a wide variety of nutritious foods in the right amounts, and occasionally, and clearly enjoying these discretionary choices because in the long term it’s going to be a diet that is sustainable.

5. Stress

 Stress really can cause weight gain and it’s not about eating. Constant stress can pump up the number of fat cells we generate, a lab study suggests. Stress can make you fat. And it’s not entirely because you stress eat, And whether the extra weight is a result of overeating and unhealthy food choices, or your body’s response to increased levels of cortisol, getting a handle on stress is a priority if you want to prevent stress-related weight gain.

6. Not drinking enough water

When you are not getting enough water, your body will hold on to any water that it has, to try and avoid dehydration. This water retention prevents weight loss, and you may even see the scale go up. It is important to drink water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration can cause you to eat more, and water can help break down fat and burn calories. If you don’t drink enough water, you can end up in a weight-loss plateau.Water is involved with almost every biological function in the body, so therefore your body’s metabolism slows down in a dehydrated state. When your body does not have adequate amounts of water, your calorie burning machines (muscles) slow down dramatically.

The Bottom Line

Weight loss is not always easy and numerous factors can bring it to a standstill.

At the most basic level, weight loss failure occurs when calorie intake is equal to or higher than calorie expenditure.In the end, changing your weight and your lifestyle require dedication, self-discipline, perseverance and resilience.

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