We all know that there are some people out there who make weight loss look simple. But for many of us who’ve struggled to lose more than a few pounds at a time, we know that losing weight can be a complex process; much more than mere calorie counting. In fact, weight loss resistance is becoming more and more prevalent among US citizens. Unfortunately, this is leaving many to ask themselves, ‘I am eating healthy, why am I not losing weight?’ or ‘I’m working out regularly, why am I not losing weight?’ Which means there are most likely a few underlying reasons for not losing weight that you may not have considered. If you can’t seem to get the weight off, here are a few common possibilities:
- Brain Chemistry and Hormone Imbalances
Dopamine, serotonin and other chemicals are involved in a balance which can influence our food choices, and the extent to which we use food as a way to manage our mood. Several medications (offered by DocTalkGo) can interrupt this cycle and lead to long term behavioral enhancements. Cortisol in particular, is a common stress response hormone that can create stubborn abdominal fat.
- Sugar and Carbohydrate Cravings
Foods which trigger a dopamine response (high fat, high sugar, high carb) are the common makeup of most junk food or highly processed foods. Understanding that sometimes these foods are serving as a hidden crutch to manage mood can be the first step to unwinding these bad habits. Targeted macronutrient recommendations also make sure that protein levels are optimal, which has a positive effect on satiety, and reduces desire for junk food as a filler.
- Snacking Binges
Afternoons and evenings are the most common trigger times for dieters. Using food to manage one’s mood after a day at work may be part of what DocTalkGo refers to as a stress-reward cycle. Breaking this habit can help better stabilize blood sugar, reduce stress hormone triggers, and reset the neurotransmitters responsible for hunger and cravings.
- Rebounds in Weight Gain
Rebound weight gain can occur when people have lost weight at the expense of their metabolism (crash dieting) or when muscle is lost due to poor diet choices. A program with individually calculated macros can ensure that protein is optimal and that macros are not too low causing muscle loss. Therefore, weight loss is more sustained over time without sudden effects on hormones, greatly reducing instances of regained weight.
If any of these weight gain culprits sound familiar or if you’re unsure as to whether one or more of these may apply to you, the medical weight loss experts at DocTalkGo can give you information about your health status to uncover the above underlying causes and address them. Powerful prescription options can balance your hormones, reduce junk food cravings and get your metabolism functioning optimally so you can finally lose that stubborn weight for good!