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Dec 9, 2013

Why Can't I Lose Weight? Preping for Your New Year's Resolution

The New Year is upon us and one of the top resolutions is to lose weight.

The New Year is upon us. Many people have made their resolutions, but have not started them yet.  One of the top resolutions people make is to lose weight.  Most people gain from five to seven pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  If they do not lose that weight right away it starts accumulating year after year, and over time the weight becomes harder to lose. Most diets do not focus on obtaining a healthy state of being which is essential for maintaining an optimal weight. Thus, any one diet will not work for everyone. Once individuals get off their diet, the weight comes back on because they go back to their old eating habits.

As we get older it becomes harder and harder to lose weight. There are many reasons why a person cannot lose weight.  For example, the thyroid may not function optimally. Since the thyroid regulates metabolism, if the thyroid is not functioning, one will not lose weight regardless of the diet.  The adrenals work with the thyroid to control ones energy and inflammation in the body.  If a person does not have the energy to exercise, their adrenals may not be functioning properly.

Menopausal women also tend to have a problem with weight gain. This is due to hormone fluctuations such as estradiol, progesterone, thyroid, adrenal, DHEA and testosterone. Thus, if a woman is going through menopause she may want to get her hormones checked. 

Insulin resistance and adult onset diabetes also plays a role with weight gain; individuals with insulin resistance generally have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and are over weight.  Many individuals also have food allergies that affect weight gain.  By identifying food allergies and eliminating these foods, individuals can lose 8 to 10 pounds in two weeks. Other individuals may have celiac disease. When these individuals get off gluten they lose weight more easily.  As you can see, there are many different reasons why a person cannot lose weight. This is why no one diet will fit everyone.