Why I Cannot Lose Weight? 8 Major Causes
How Can I Lose Weight? It is the question that many people ask themselves, especially women.
That women can not lose weight is a source of profit for many unscrupulous women who play with women’s health. Weight loss diets are a golden reef for businesses or individuals who promote certain diets, even though they know perfectly well that they do not work for most women.
While some fortunate women achieve their goal, this is due to factors that are far from the bulk of the female population. However, if you know the causes for which you can not lose weight, focusing on treating those causes could make the difference between losing or not losing weight.
The hypothyroidism and Hashimoto ‘s thyroiditis may hinder lose weight and keep it.
But it’s not your fault…
Despite doing everything you are told to do, including “eating less, exercising more” (which, by the way, does not work in the long run) there are other factors at stake. Sleep, of course, plays a major role in weight loss and staying seated will ensure weight gain, but there may be factors that are not considered obstacles to losing weight.
Table of Contents
- 1 Let’s look at the top 8 reasons why women can not lose weight.
- 1.1 1. Do dietary sensitivities prevent you from losing weight?
- 1.2 Inflammation underlying food intolerances
- 1.3 2. Heavy Metals
- 1.4 3. Nutrient Deficit
- 1.5 4. Hormonal imbalance
- 1.6 5. Dysbiosis
- 1.7 6. Environmental Toxins
- 1.8 7. Intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome)
- 1.9 8. Genetics
- 1.10 How Much Protein Should I Eat to Lose Weight?
- 1.11 Last Words About Why Women Can not Lose Weight
- 1.12 Related Posts to Why I Cannot Lose Weight? 8 Major Causes
Let’s look at the top 8 reasons why women can not lose weight.
1. Do dietary sensitivities prevent you from losing weight?
They are not “allergies” to food at all. You probably already know that you are allergic to certain foods, because immediately or very soon after eating hives jumps or worse anaphylaxis, which can of course be fatal.
Food intolerances or sensitivities are seldom evident. Although having food sensitivity problems may seem harmless, what happens at the deep level of the immune system is serious. You can not “feel” what cells do on a molecular level, so the test is so important.
Inflammation underlying food intolerances
Food allergy tests identify IgG antibodies. Food sensitivity tests do not test for inflammation in a specific white blood cell, that is, the white blood cell in response to exposure to certain foods. Studies support the view that just because the body produces an antibody to, say, spinach, suffices to conclude that the IgG antibody is causing inflammation or symptoms. In addition, the IgG antibody will likely be present throughout life.
The test of inflammation to detect food intolerance allows the opportunity to improve the health of the intestine, improving the sensitivity of food so that inflammation is no longer a problem. In fact, you can try again several months or a year after following a personalized protocol and if there is improvement, you will not be sensitive to the same foods as before. This is not always true with food allergy tests.
If you have difficulty losing weight or recovering it quickly once you lose it, you begin to suspect inflammation due to food sensitivities and directly to the test. Do not guess, much less rely solely on elimination diets.
The ALCAT test is supported by the Yale school of medicine University, in case you want to take the test.
2. Heavy Metals
Heavy metal toxicity is a concern and is common in people with chronic diseases. Heavy metals are elements such as arsenic and mercury. Elevated levels of these deplete iodine and selenium levels. Selenium (selenomethionine) can reduce the damage caused by heavy metals and counteract the negative effects of long-term exposure to heavy metals. It is advisable to remove mercury dental fillings by a dentist who specializes in removal.
3. Nutrient Deficit
You might think that taking vitamins and supplements daily along with eating a healthy diet avoids vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but it really is not!
Many people have disorders of the digestive tract and other intestinal problems, such as celiac disease. These factors affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Not to mention that the food we eat, including organic foods are not as nutrient-rich as they used to be. This is mainly due to soil quality.
Recently, I read that nine cups of organic spinach is needed to enjoy the same nutrient levels as a cup of spinach just 10 years ago.
Some of the most common nutrient deficits that play a role in being overweight are:
- B12 vitamin.
- Folic acid.
- Vitamin A.
4. Hormonal imbalance
A very important reason! Women do not always realize the importance of hormone balance to be healthy, in general terms.
Hormones exert powerful influences and if they are out of balance, there is practically nothing you can do to lose weight or be healthy. The “messengers of the cells” are the hormones, so that if the cells receive wrong messages, they do not function correctly. Excess estrogen causes inflammation and eventually is stored in fat cells.
Too little or too much estrogen, in particular its relationship with progesterone is a problem for many women. So it is better to get out of doubt and not guess what is happening with the hormones. You have to know exactly the level of your hormones.
It is the imbalance in the relationship between good and bad bacteria in the gut. An antibiotic treatment is all you need to sabotage efforts to keep the intestinal microbiome in balance. It is clear that after taking antibiotics redouble efforts to recover the bacterial intestinal flora.
Protein-rich diets can increase harmful bacterial metabolites. Excess sugar can increase the overgrowth of Candida (yeast) and stress plays a key role in the balance of bacteria in the gut. Too much “bad bacteria” in the intestine causes inflammation.
6. Environmental Toxins
Toxins are everywhere. Air, water, food, medicines, soil, pesticides, cosmetics, household cleaning products, and more. Exposure to toxins can not be avoided. That’s why it’s essential to eat top-quality organic foods and lean, hormone-free proteins.
I am a fervent advocate of seasonal detoxification especially if there are thyroid problems, adrenal glands, immune system, weight problems or chronic health, as a measure to reduce the toxic load on the body. Not all detox programs are the same, so choose wisely. Some may cause rebound effect, resulting in increase rather than weight loss.
7. Intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome)
The bottom line is that if the intestinal tract does not work optimally and the protective lining and its tight joints are compromised, losing weight and staying healthy will be an uphill battle.
There is evidence to determine this, but in my opinion, if you have ANY autoimmune disease or other health problem at all, for example:
- Graves’ disease.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
- Crohn’s disease.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Multiple sclerosis.
Or another autoimmune condition, you should probably assume you have leaky gut syndrome and proceed accordingly.
Genes influence how the body stores fat and in the behavior of metabolism. The interesting thing about the Amish is that they are not obese, even though they have a gene called the “fat gene”, or FTO. It is a gene that predisposes people to weight gain.
Therefore, I suppose we can assume that the regular outdoor lifestyle and exercise practiced by the Amish helps them to prevent the genetic SW switch from being activated. One would think that only 7 of the 8 causes could be treated In fact, they can all be treated.
Although you can not change your genetics, like the Amish, you can adopt lifestyle factors to counter genetic influences.
How Much Protein Should I Eat to Lose Weight?
To lose weight you need to know how much protein you should consume, according to Dr. Mark Hyman first you must calculate your weight in kilograms and then multiply by 0.8.
If you weigh 150 pounds, you would have 68.18 kilograms of weight, now: 68.18 * 0.8 = 54 grams of protein daily. Excess protein, more than your body needs, turns into sugar and stimulates insulin, which stores it in the form of fat. Try to see / think about the meat, chicken and fish, etc., as accompanying food and not as the main portion.
Dish stars should be colorful low-glycemic vegetables rich in fiber and healthy omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats reduce inflammation and may play a role in the prevention and treatment of autoimmune and other inflammatory disorders, such as cancer, hypertension, arthritis and coronary heart disease.
These are the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids:
- Wild sardines top of the list!
- Fresh salmon
- Nuts and seeds, avoid buying those that come bare, and whether or not you are sensitive, soaking is the ideal option to reduce the content of phytic acid
- Meat and beef butter fed with grass
Last Words About Why Women Can not Lose Weight
The lauric acid of coconut oil promotes weight loss, combats Candida, stimulates the immune system, facilitates digestion and has many other qualities that strengthen health. Lauric acid is also the same fatty acid found in breast milk.
Sugar and carbohydrates boost the hunger switch, while fat in the absence of sugar or carbohydrates helps to quench those annoying sugar cravings. I know it seems counterintuitive, but try to add omega-3 fats to the diet and eliminate all refined sugars. Amazing things can happen with these small changes.
If you’re still struggling to lose weight, take the time you need to carefully examine the top 8 reasons why people can not lose weight to see if one or more of them applies to your personal case.
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Do you understand now why you can not lose weight easily?
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