A husband and wife realize they have gained some weight and decide to make some lifestyle changes by starting a healthy diet to loose those excess kilograms. A few weeks later, the husband has lost a serious amount of weight, while the wife struggles to see results, even after a healthy diet of salads and grilled chicken breast.
I am sure this sounds familiar. While losing weight is tough for anyone, there are several factors that can make it extra challenging for women.
Let’s have a look at some of the most prevalent factors and the simple actions you can take to achieve your goal.
8 Reasons That Cause Women to Struggle With Weight Loss
- You are eating the wrong foods
- You have hidden food allergies and chronic inflammation
- Your prescription medication is making you fat
- You are not getting enough sleep
- You have a thyroid problem
- You have a hormonal imbalance
- You are eating too many healthy foods
- Stress and emotional eating
The 8 Reasons Explained and The Actions to Take
1. You are Eating the Wrong Foods
- Too much sugar
- Too many processed foods
- “Low Fat” Foods
- The fridge and pantry is full of processed food
- Clean out you fridge and pantry, remove all processed food, condiments and dressings
- Read lables
- Replace with whole/fresh food
2. You Have Hidden Food Allergies and Chronic Inflammation
You can spend years feeling ill without realizing that you have a food allergy. Over half of your body’s immune system is in the digestive tract, so it serves as the first line of defense. A simple assessment of your digestive health will give you a clear indication.
The allergens cause inflammation, which causes the digestive symptoms. Over time the constant lower grade inflammation weakens the immune system and results in Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Your ability to absorb nutrients is reduced and the undigested food can leak into your blood circulation and cause immune reactions in the circulatory system.
Where does most inflammation come from? Your diet. It’s a vicious cycle.
Food allergies can cause joint pain and other inflammatory issues such as arthritis.
- Inability to lose weight
- Indigestion or reflux
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Sinus, nasal congestion
- Lack of energy
- Inflammation and pain
- Follow an elimination diet
- During an elimation diet you will typically avoid the foods that most often cause allergies.
- Eggs, soy, wheat, colourants, dairy and nuts
- Reduce inflammation and increase fat burning by using TrimFX Slimming Drops
3. Your Prescription Medication is Making You Fat
Certain prescribed medication can cause weight gain as a side effect, whether by changing your appetite or an increase in certain hormones. Some of these include birth control, hormone replacement therapy, antidepressants and steroids.
- Inability to lose weight
- Weight gain
- Change in appetite
- Water retention
- Time to visit your medical practitioner
4. You Are Not Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is critical for our bodies to repair and function properly. When you consistently don’t get enough sleep, not only are you more likely to gain weight, but you’re also at a higher risk for chronic diseases, anxiety and irritability.
Shut off electronics an hour before bedtime
Limit caffeine intake in the afternoon
Avoid simple carbs in the evenings
Consider natural sleep aids, Xtreme Body Balance, to boost your ability to fall asleep and sleep soundly.
5. You Have Thyroid Problem
In order to function properly your body needs a perfect hormonal balance. When it comes to weight and metabolis, T3 and T4, the thyroid hormones play an intergral role.
These hormones may be affected by many issues like:
- A diet with too much or too little iodine
- Undiagnosed medical condition
The thyroid can produce too much or too little T4, impacting your metabolism.
the SYMPTOMS OF Hypothyroidism, or too little T4:
- Dry hair, skin
- Unexplainable weight gain
- Muscle weakness and discomfort
6. You Have a Hormonal Imbalance
Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, can impact your metabolism and weight.
This “fight or flight” hormone has the following effects:
- Increase appetite
- Cause carb cravings
- Result in an accumulation of belly fat (one of the reasons you can’t lose weight in that area)
- Increase anxiety levels
- Increase mood swing
- Increase insomnia
- Increase fatigue (including feeling tired but unable to relax)
- High blood pressure
- Lower your cortisol levels by reducing stress
- Time to put yourself and your health first.
- Say “no” to events and things you know will cause you stress,
- Add mild to moderate exercise
- Recognize when you’re feeling extra worn out and need a time out.
7. You are Eating Too Many Healthy Foods
While foods like avocados, nuts and full-fat dairy are great for your health, they’re also very high in calories. Consuming these foods, you may be consuming more calories than you realize.
8. Stress and Emotional Eating
A stressful situation or day cause the release of the stress hormone, Cortisol. Long term exposure to Cortisol causes the depletion of neaurotransmitters that are essential to happiness. This in turn causes certain imbalances that results in emotional eating to make up for the lack of happiness or feelings or accomplishment.
Practicing mindful eating can be really helpful if you’re an emotional eater. Check with yourself to see if you’re actually hungry or just avoiding a stressful situation.