Weight loss is still incredibly challenging for most people, as evidenced by the growing global obesity epidemic. One in four adults in the UK are overweight (BMI over 25). Many of these people want to lose weight. Approximately half of overweight and obese adults report that they are trying to lose weight. Which is why people ask, "Why aren't I losing weight?"
Are you sure those extra pounds are caused by a lack of will power or could there be an underlying medial issue?
There is no simple, universal answer to this question, but after nearly two decades of working with patients trying to lose weight, and with the help of two leaders in the field of nutrition and obesity medicine, I've put together this list of some of the most common behavioral and medical reasons you might not be losing weight, even though you think you are doing everything right. I've also tried to include suggestions to get you on the right track to sustained weight loss.
Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNN
You have calorie 'amnesia'
Problem : Total calories consumed matters when it comes to weight loss, despite what some popular diets claim. People frequently forget about the little things during or between meals that add up calorically and can interfere significantly with weight loss.
LiYF : The LiYF weight loss programme has a scientifically designed meal plan to control when and what you eat and drink. Complimented with your own Weight loss counsellor (a qualified nutrionist) we have developed the programme to create lasting habits so you can manage your weight without the need for further products after completing the programme.
You relax your diet too much on weekends
This is another very common issue that is a bit more challenging to fix, as weekends are generally much less structured and more social than weekdays. Three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of more relaxed eating (and in many cases drinking) can easily erase four days of more focused effort.
LiYF : The LiYF weight loss programme is divided into 3 phases with 40 days dedicated to weight loss. Within this short period we have found that people can easily motivate themselves to "be good" for 40 days especially while seeing significant weight loss results.
Your medication is working against you
According to Dr. Caroline Apovian, president of the Obesity Society, frequently prescribed medications that may cause weight gain include Benadryl, Ambien, benzodiazepines, older antidepressant and antipsychotic medications, Paxil, beta-blockers (for high blood pressure), several diabetes medications including insulin, sulfonylureas and thialidazones, and some contraceptive methods, especially Depo-Provera.
LiYF : As a medically supervised weight loss programme your weight loss counsellor and our back office medical staff can advise you of any health or medication issues to ensure you achieve the maximum results on the programme.
You eat too much of a good thing
It is true that recommendations concerning dietary fat have changed in the past decade, and nutrition science has found that unsaturated fat, including nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil, plays an important role in a healthy diet. However, you can easily eat too much healthy fat along with other healthy foods, including whole grains. Fat has more than double the calories of carbohydrates or protein, so fat calories, even if they are healthy, add up more quickly. Whole grains have three times the number of carbohydrates as non-starchy vegetables per serving, so again, portion size matters.
LiYF : The LiYF weight loss programme only targets the fat ion your body. Our specific meal plan is designed to make sure you eat only the foods so that your weight loss is not hindered.
Your body is resistant to insulin
Insulin suppresses the release of stored fat and promotes the formation of fat from sugar. The metabolism of a person who has insulin resistance or insulin excess will be shifted away from fat loss and toward fat storage.
LiYF : The changes to your body while on the LiYF weight loss programme have huge health benefits above weight loss. We have found that many customers have reduced their cholesterol, improved their diabetes/insulin levels and even reduced or stopped medications such as Statins.
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