Now this isn’t going to be a list of excuses for not achieving your goals such as not exercising correctly, poor diet, or an inactive lifestyle. The body is a complicated machine and there are a variety of factors that could restrict your road to losing weight.
First of all weight loss should not be the only thing you track. It can be damaging if you jump on the scales each week and beat yourself up for not losing weight. Your weight tends to fluctuate throughout the day depending on a variety of factors such as the foods you have eaten, and your hormones play a key part in how much water your body holds on to.
It is also possible that you are gaining muscle throughout your journey, which is why you should track your body fat percentage as well as your weight on the scales. For myself personally, it is all about how you feel, how your clothes fit, and concentrating on inches lost.
If your weight has only been stuck for a couple of weeks then don’t worry about it. If you are following the correct exercise routine and eating a nutritious balanced diet, then the weight will gradually come off.
If you have been doing things the correct way and have been unable to lose weight for some time, then it is time to assess possible barriers to why you aren’t losing weight.
Stress generally is associated with mental effects such as being unable to sleep, anxiety, and depression. Most people do not realise that stress can have many physical effects on the body in particular weight gain or difficulty losing weight. This is due to your body releasing high amounts of cortisol. Elevated cortisol results in a raging appetite, additional fat stores around the stomach, and the loss of muscle tissue.
Serotonin plays a key role in our body temperature, appetite, digestion, and our cravings among many others. If we concentrate on the above then it can be difficult to lose weight due to our body craving more sugars and starches to stimulate the release of serotonin.
High estrogen levels can be due to our bodies producing too much, or it can be acquired from our diets. There are many estrogen like compounds in our food such as growth hormones, pesticides, and herbicides. Reducing your dairy intake, eating organic fruit and vegetables, and looking in to the quality of your meat can help.
Testosterone levels can drop which may cause an increase in your body fat percentage along with a loss of muscle. Testosterone levels tend to taper off with age, making it difficult for you to lose weight the older you are. It can also decrease due to stress levels and obesity.
Insulin is an essential substance whose main function is to regulate glucose in the bloodstream and allows cells to either use it as fuel or store it as fat. High insulin levels tend to cause your body to block the use of stored fat as an energy source along with encouraging your body to store unused glucose as fat.
Overall, if you have been concentrating on losing weight and have been unable to do so then it is possible that one of the above factors may be stopping or restricting yourself from losing weight.
It is advisable to consult your Doctor to discuss these possibilities and how you can prevent these possible barriers to achieving your goal.
Having said that, you should only consult your Doctor if you have been training properly and consuming the right foods. I would suggest seeking the help of a fitness professional or dietician before consulting with your Doctor.