Losing weight is never easy but if you’re struggling to see results you may be facing challenges you haven’t even considered. Weight loss happens slowly, you didn’t gain weight overnight and you won’t take it off overnight, but if there are other health issues impacting your weight loss you also need to get those looked after. Here are 3 factors that could be negatively affecting your weight loss.
Thyroid issues are far more common than you thing and they will have a big impact on your ability to lose weight. Hypothyroidism will slow your metabolism down and make it very difficult to burn off excess fat. Thyroid conditions can be diagnosed with a simple blood test from your primary care doctor. Thyroid issues are easily managed with medication. However you will be taking medication for the rest of your life.
Medications that you Take
There are medications that do list weight gain as a side effect. While these drugs are rare and oftentimes the side effects tend to be mild but there are a few that can cause you to gain weight. Check the side effects online with WebMD or RXList. You can also speak with your doctor or pharmacist to see if this is possibly happening to you and if there are alternatives available. If there is no alternative then don’t come off the medication without speaking to your physician. Don’t risk your health you can work with your doctor and a nutritionist to help maintain your weight.
Losing weight can be every bit a mental challenge as it is a physical one and you need to get into the right mindset. Make it as easy as possible on yourself to stick to your diet. Especially if you are busy person with a million things to do that doesn’t usually plan out meals. You won’t eat healthy without planning for it. Being busy doesn’t cut it as an excuse anymore. There are a million apps that will do the meal planning for you, you can order food online and pick it up from the store without ever having to set foot inside. None of these excuses work anymore. There are even companies that will sell you prepared food that works with your diet. If you like to cook there are companies that will provide you with the exact ingredients you need and a recipe to go along with it.
Weight loss is difficult enough without it being sabotaged. While poor planning is up to you to fix, if you are doing what you are supposed to and still not losing weight then check in with your doctor.