7 Medical reasons why you’re not able to lose weight


So, it’s been 6 months since you started your weight loss journey. But you haven’t noticed any changes in your body. Now, you’re wondering why. Your medical conditions might be the reason that you are not able to lose weight despite everything.  

1. Inflammation: Inflammation helps with healing injuries and fighting infections in our body. But chronic inflammation does cellular damage to your body which can impair the normal functioning in our body. Some medications, smoke, air pollution, and certain foods that contain sugar, wheat, and dairy products can lead to chronic inflammation (if you are allergic to them). So, you need to watch out for these factors for your weight loss attempts to work.  

2. Chronic stress and depression: These are the most common medical conditions that come between you and your weight loss. In response to chronic stress, your body releases the cortisol hormone which can lead to health-related problems like type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases. So, if you go through chronic stress or depression learn how to manage them to lose weight and maintain mental health.  

  •  Cushing’s syndrome: This syndrome is an aftereffect of elevated levels of cortisol for a long time due to chronic stress. The main effects of this syndrome are – weight gain, especially on the face, chest, and abdomen, high blood pressure, acne, lethargy, sleeping problems, and irregular periods. This syndrome mostly happens to women (more than men), between the ages of 25 from 40.  

3. Hypothyroidism: When you have an underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism) it can lead to weight gain, fatigue, sluggishness, difficulty in concentrating, depression, muscle pain, etc. because the low thyroid levels slow down your metabolism which makes it difficult to lose weight. So, it is important to talk to your doctor if you are unable to lose weight despite your best efforts.  

 4. Syndrome X: A group of health conditions related to insulin resistance; this syndrome makes it impossible to lose weight. The insulin hormone helps to regulate glucose in the bloodstream to provide energy and stores the extra glucose in the liver, muscles, and adipose tissue. So, treatment is required for this syndrome for you to lose weight.  

5. Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes are natural body states that make it hard for you to lose weight. They mostly affect women rather than men. The most common hormonal changes happen in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. If you are experiencing symptoms of any three of the hormonal changes, it might be difficult for you to lose weight.  

 6. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): You might experience symptoms such as acne, excessive facial hair growth, difficulty in getting pregnant, and unknown weight gain if you suffer from PCOS. A good lifestyle like a healthy diet, exercise, good sleeping patterns, and weight management techniques help to control its symptoms which can allow you to control the risk of infertility, heart disease, and uterine cancer.  

 7. Sleep Apnea: If you do not get enough sleep, it leads to disruption of your circadian cycle and can result in weight gain. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2019 followed over 2,000 individuals’ weight loss over the course of a year and discovered that those who had less fluctuation in their sleep patterns were more likely to be successful in their weight loss attempts. 

Weight loss is important to maintain good health. But you need to consider many things to achieve and maintain your ideal weight.  

Get in touch with a bariatric doctor to know the proper weight loss techniques that work for your body. Call us at 347-868-1060 to get a free consultation from the experts.  

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