So here we are, nearly two-thirds through the month of January. Hopefully you’re still going strong in your health and fitness endeavors, and keep gaining momentum while losing the pounds and/or getting stronger! However, if you’re doing everything right with your diet and exercise and still not seeing progress, one of the following 5 factors may be at fault.
1.Thyroid Function Abnormality
As you have probably heard, thyroid function affects production and regulation of key hormones related to weight loss and weight gain. So, naturally, thyroid function tends to undeservedly get the blame too often. However, it’s worth having the blood tests to confirm or negate the possibility, if you suspect this is what may be happening.
2. Hormone Imbalance
Our weight and body composition are largely at the mercy of our hormones, and many things can affect our hormones: medication, breastfeeding, stress, lack of sleep, and insulin or blood sugar issues, among other things. It may be necessary to address or consider any of these factors when looking at the bigger picture of why you’re not seeing physical results.
Unfortunately for us human types trying to get (and look) fit, many medications lead to weight gain, and very few lead to weight loss. Some of these typically include mental health drugs, birth control, antidepressants, and sleeping medications. Before you decide to go make any changes in your medication independently, though, talk to your doctor to determine at what dosage your medication can maintain effectiveness while having as little effect on weight gain as possible.
4. Food Sensitivities
Ah, food sensitivities: a landmine of unexpected fat-gain culprits. What’s going on in your gut is even more important than how hard you sweat it out at the gym. The body is made up of around 10 trillion cells…and it houses TEN TIMES as many bacteria. Crazy, right? Considering that fun little fact, as well as the notion that what we put in our bodies contributes to that bacterial composition, think about what kind of affect there is on your total-body function–fat loss included. If you suspect food sensitivities, do test periods of several days’ length for each suspected allergenic food. The most common (non-obvious/typically non-life threatening) are inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten, wheat, sugar, and legumes. It may be helpful to consult a naturopath or nutritionist to get a more comprehensive look at what’s going on in your life and what external factors could be affecting your weight.
5. Adrenal Fatigue
Awareness for this one has been gaining some traction, although met with some skepticism by the medical community at times. However, symptoms of adrenal fatigue are very real, and very life-disrupting. It’s most common in moms of young babies, and anyone going through a stressful life situation or not getting quality, uninterrupted sleep for long periods of time. Getting more vitamin D (especially from natural sunlight) often helps, but ultimately, it would be necessary to address the root of the problem and find better ways to cope with stress and get better rest.
If you suspect one or more of these factors are inhibiting your fat loss, please don’t give up on your new routine. Remember that sometimes your body is just going through things that you have to work with your doctor or nutritionist to identify, and don’t underestimate the power of establishing healthy habits. Exercise for the sake of movement, and to establish a good routine; and make healthier food choices today, instead of waiting until you have an official diagnosis.
Keep up the great work, and build those sexy habits!