5 Less Known Reasons why You are Not Losing Weight (Based on Science)

 

Why am I not losing weight?

Have you been asking this question to yourself over and again? or

Pondering upon queries like

What could be the reasons for not losing weight?

Why weight not reducing after exercise and diet?

Why am I not losing fat?

Are there medical reasons for not losing weight?

Don’t worry, you have come to the right place. We’re here to explain to you why you’re still not losing weight despite your continuous efforts in eating less and working out more.

Check out these 5 Hidden Causes that are Keeping You Fat!

In the quest of ‘how to lose weight’, you must have tried numerous weight loss diets, weight loss foods, crazy detox diets, weird fat loss massages and obesity-busting pills. But these 5 obesity causes is definitely going to be an eye-opener. So although you might have tried everything for weight loss, these 5 reasons keeping you fat! So, yes these are the answers to your question “Why am I not losing weight?”

1. HORMONAL IMBALANCE AND OBESITY

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Hormonal imbalance is one of the most common causes of obesity

Must have been the last thing you would have thought that lead to weight loss. You won’t believe that hormones manage body metabolism, weight balance, energy levels, emotions, and even moods. Even weight loss! Several hormonal disorders can lead to diseases such as diabetes, thyroid, obesity, PCOS, high cholesterol, facial hair growth, irregular menstrual cycle, and gastritis.

Thyroid hormones and weight loss

When your thyroid glands are not working well, then your thyroid hormones are not being secreted fine. This causes a reduction in your metabolic rate (the amount of energy always burnt for heart beating, thinking, breathing etc). Not good news if you’re looking for weight loss [1Read more about how thyroid hormones affect your weight.

PCOS and weight loss

Similarly, polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS as it is known is also a major cause of weight gain or obesity. Women who have PCOS have high levels of male hormones and are insulin-resistant. This hormonal cocktail could make them fat [2]. We present a detailed view of how PCOS affects weight.

Diabetes and weight loss

Diabetes typically results in insulin resistance which ultimately causes weight gain. Obesity or being overweight is inter-related to diabetes; obesity causes diabetes and increased body mass index results in an increase in diabetes. Weight loss is one of the primary intervention for diabetes management or even prevention [3].

How does hormonal imbalance happen? 

Hormonal imbalance sets in when you eat unhealthy food, maintain long gaps between two meals, indulge in binge eating, take a lot of sedatives and do not drink enough water or do not eat enough of nutrient-rich wholesome food. Sounds familiar? Although hormones are important to us, most of us tend to overlook them when considering weight loss. Just as there are fat storing hormones, there are some fat-burning hormones too.

Fat-storing hormones and fat-burning hormones

Fat-storing hormones are Insulin, stress hormones like cortisol, fight and flight hormone adrenaline, hunger hormone ghrelin among others

Fat-burning hormones are leptin, glucagon, metabolism manager thyroid hormones, human growth hormones which help build muscle among others.

If you are aiming for weight loss, you need more of fat-burning hormones. Their levels can be increased with a diet high in fibre, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, protein-rich foods such as lean meats, fish, pulses, legumes among others.

With a little conscious effort, your hormones can be brought in order and you can lose weight naturally! This kind of weight loss doesn’t come back like the worst nightmare.

2. NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY AND OBESITY

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If you are deficient in nutrients then you are at a risk of obesity

Obesity and being overweight is multi-factorial for sure. But one of the many reasons is a nutrient deficiency. Most of us consume a diet that is deficient in many vitamins and minerals. And others who aim for weight loss, lose out on these micronutrients in the diet because of calorie counting. They simply evaluate food based on their calorie content, forgetting about the nutrients in them. Read on to know how obesity could be caused by a faulty diet.

Vitamin D and its association with weight loss

Did you know that deficiency of vitamin D or the sunshine vitamin can lead to obesity and diabetes?  

Yes, vitamins and minerals can be crucial reasons for weight loss. Researchers have found that our body has a switch to control the weight. The minute it reaches a set mark, it tries to maintain it at that weight. The entire problem starts when this set mark increases which happen during winters. Excess body fat in winters keeps the body warm and is also a survival mechanism in case of food unavailability. Winters are also when vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is not available. So when you are deficient in this vitamin, our body thinks it is winter and starts piling on fat [4]. Yes, that is why you struggle with weight loss during winters.

Winter months are characterized by increase in body fat to keep warm. Winters also result in the decrease of the sunshine vitamin D. So when you are deficient, body thinks it is winter and piles on weight! 

B-complex vitamins, minerals and weight loss

Similarly, digestion of food requires B-complex vitamins (biotin and thiamine); the mineral chromium is required for insulin response (yes, the hormone link in obesity again); antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E and vitamin C are required to complete the conversion of food to energy [5].

Now, do you see how only counting calories for weight loss is so SO WRONG! We suggest you read the article on how calorie counting for weight loss is a crime.

Also read: Test your nutrition knowledge about these common health foods! 

3. TOXINS AND OBESITY

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Smoking is one such lifestyle-based toxin leading to weight gain

What are toxins? Everything around us; be it the pollution, smoke, food colors, food additives, plastics etc are all toxins and one of the obesity causes. So how can they determine weight loss or even weight gain? According to research, several contributory factors lead to the accumulation of body fat. Researchers have found there is a direct link between these toxins and obesity.

When we are exposed to toxins in such large quantities that our bodies cannot handle, our self-protection mechanism towards such contamination forces us to take them over and save them in small fat pockets. Yes, you are storing toxins in fat cells [6].

Besides, toxins change the body’s hormonal levels. And hence can be one important reason for weight loss. For this reason, physicians see the good effects of detoxification as the main factor that leads to substantial, effective and sustainable weight loss. Certain weight loss foods such as apple cider vinegar possess strong detox qualities. Therefore, detoxification should be seen as the first step in a weight loss program. Truweight, therefore, has introduced the 10-day detox program and believe us when we say it, most of the clients experience weight loss and a phenomenal feel-good factor just in 10 days of eating superfoods.

Must read: Foods to eat for weight loss detox

4. TOO LITTLE SLEEP / INSOMNIA AND OBESITY

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Insomnia is one of the biggest hurdles in weight loss

Sleep is not just for lazy people, sleep quality and sleep hours also affects your chances at weight loss. If you do not sleep enough, it affects your hormones. When you’re sleep deprived, there’s very little leptin (hormones which make you feel full) and high levels of ghrelin (hormones which make you hungry) in your system. This makes your body hungry leading to overeating and weight gain.

Information titbit: 5% of Indians suffer from sleep disorders and sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation also wears down one’s immunity to insulin, thus causing weight gain. A lowered resistance to insulin can also cause Type 2 diabetes. Interestingly sleep and obesity are interrelated. Not only does less sleep lead to obesity but obesity leads to sleeping troubles such as sleep apnea, snoring which affect the quality of sleep [7]. Ironically, ENT Surgeon Dr. Shyam faced this issue himself. Read how he got over it with weight loss. So, catch a shut eye and lead a healthy life by just sleeping well.

5. TOO MUCH STRESS AND OBESITY

Do you think you eat healthy foods?
Do you think you eat healthy foods?

From time immemorial, stress, obesity, and even weight loss have been related. Researchers found that stress triggers complex biochemical reactions inside the body. Different hormones are released under stressful situations that lead to weight gain and obesity.  We also tend to eat more of comfort or foods rich in sugars or fat while under stress.

When you eat carbs, it increases your body’s serotonin level, which is the brain chemical that helps you feel better. It has been found that the body also releases a hormone called cortisol when it is under stress. This hormone not only leads to storage of body fat but also increases food cravings and encourages hunger pangs for fatty or sugary foods. So we go back to our hormone point and stress taps into this mechanism for weight gain! You now know the answer for weight loss, lose the stress to lose the pounds [9].

Obesity is a Big Fat Problem Worldwide

So you thought obesity and weight loss is an issue only for that feed-happy neighbour aunty, your distant uncle known for being big all his life? Although people have adopted various weight loss diets and weight loss foods, obesity still remains a demon affecting many.

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Obesity seems to be everywhere because 1 in 6 adults suffer from it. Weight loss is advised to prevent obesity-related complications in the future.

According to World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2012 report, 1 in 6 adults are obese and nearly 2.8 million individuals die every year due to obesity or overweight [10]. Closer home in India, the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) has raked up some startling obesity rates. The rate of obesity has nearly doubled in the past 10 years! And most of the cases of obesity lie in the urban areas or the glitzy cities [11].

Urban

Rural

State

Men(%)

Women(%)

Men(%)

Women(%)

Andhra Pradesh

44.4

45.6

28

27.6

Karnataka

28.6

31.8

17.1

16.6

Telangana

31.9

39.5

17.9

18.5

Tamil Nadu

30.6

39.2

25.6

25.4

Haryana

21

24.3

19.3

18.8

West Bengal

20.7

30.6

11.2

15

Maharashtra

14.5

16.8

23.7

30

Obesity, the Reason for almost 22 Diseases!

Don’t believe us? Let us count out the conditions for you. Obesity is one of the leading causes for :[12]

  • Heart disease,
  • Stroke,
  • Diabetes,
  • High blood pressure,
  • Unhealthy cholesterol,
  • Asthma,
  • Sleep apnea,
  • Gallstones,
  • Kidney stones,
  • Infertility, and
  • Almost 11 types of cancers, including leukaemia, breast, and colon cancer
  • Muscle and skeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis[13]

All these conditions, in turn, reduce the quality of life, cause substantial disability, and premature death in certain cases. Thankfully, weight loss is one of the solutions to tackle obesity and keep all the related conditions at bay.

 Still the question “Why am I not losing weight” is in the air?

Have a look at this video to rewind all the above points in a breif way.

Hence, it is time to look beyond the obvious reasons for weight gain, instead, work around theses hidden reasons for weight loss and you will get an answer to the million dollar question, how to lose weight and keep it off? Time to chart your own successful weight loss story. Let us know in your comments below.

 

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10 thoughts on “5 Less Known Reasons why You are Not Losing Weight (Based on Science)

  1. Obesity itself is a cause for many diseases as it is a health hazard which kills almost 40% of the population every year, it creates complications like heart stroke ,high blood pressure , diabetes ,cancer, gout ,osteoarthritis, and very commonly breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma. Thank you for sharing its key reasons for having over weight.

    1. Hi Ashu,
      Yes, obesity is a health hazard that invites many other diseases. It is, therefore, very much important to know these less known reasons why you are not losing weight. In order to fight obesity, firstly, you should be well aware of it. Thanks for writing to us. Do keep following our blogs.

  2. Hi,

    I am 34 yrs mother of 2 boys height 5.4″ and weight 92kgs. i an very much upset with my weight have gained lot of weight. before marriage i was 64kgs and very active i used 2 walk 2hrs a day but since i got married and settle abroad i dont walk as its not safe to walk out here. i have trademill at home but i dont know at what speed should i walk as i had been operated for an ASD in 2004. kindly recommend me how can i loose weight.

    1. Hi Rajani,

      You have come to the right place. Walking on a treadmill alone cannot really bring you weight loss. One of the major reasons why you are not losing weight can be your diet. At Truweight, we believe weight loss can be healthy and effective with a proper diet plan and lifestyle. We’d be glad to help you. You can reach us at 08064514959. Our representative will get in touch with you and explain everything.

  3. Hi I’m Namratha
    I am 18 years old and I was diagonised with hypothyroid at the age of 10 years.I’m under medication since then,I’m right now 95 kilos and trying hard to shed weight but I’m not able to.I get my thyroid levels checked quite often and they are always normal.
    What do I do,could you pls suggest me something

    1. Hi Namratha,

      Weight loss especially when the thyroid hormones are askew is quite difficult. However you have come to the right place since our dieticians are pretty senior and have handled many weight loss cases that have the thyroid complication. The Good News, almost all of them have lost weight too.

      Many a times, the fault could lie in the diet being followed too. Why don’t you avail our FREE CONSULTATION and discuss your diet plan with a Nutrition Coach at Truweight? Here is the link. You just have to enter your details and we will get in touch with you.

      http://get.truweight.in/free-consultation-website/

      We wish you all the luck in achieving your health goals in the New Year. Thanks

  4. Hi,

    I am Arindam. I am 44 years old. My Height is 5 ft 7 inches . Weight 115 kg.Waist–42cm. I am trying to loose weight for the last 2 years but without any result. I work in Restaurant Industry. I comes late from my office around 12 midnight. I have a habit of going to morning work for half hour(5 days in a week). Takes a juice of one lime in little bit hot water daily morning in empty stomach. I need your help in reducing my weight to 70 -75 kg only.I goes to the office at 10.30 am.

    1. Through a healthy eating and lifestyle you can lose weight. As per your height, your ideal weight range is 68 – 72 kilos. This range also coincides with your desired weight range.

      At this point, we would like to tell you about Truweight. Truweight is a food based weight loss company which believes in food being the best medicine to lose weight. Here, the causes of weight gain can are attacked, nutritional deficiencies are rectified and thus weight loss happens. We have had many people recording happy weight loss stories simply by eating right. For example, Anirudh who lost 25 kilos. Read his story here: https://truweight.in/anirudh-25-kgs-weight-loss-in-5-months-with-truweight/

      We can help you to realize your ideal weight goals through natural means. We appreciate your concern towards health and would like to offer you a free weight loss consultation. All you have to do is walk-in to any of our centers and meet our dieticians for a one-to-one counseling. You can start from here: http://get.truweight.in/free-consultation-website/

      We are looking forward to seeing you there. Here wishing you all the best!

  5. I am 28yrs old .iam heriditary to obesity.iwas 68 in 2008 when i got married my height is 5’3.after my first baby by c section i increased to75 and gradually increased in 2012 after 2nd baby i was 85 -88 then there after ot still increased to 90-92.this is present weight .i took triquilar hormones for some time after first baby .then dicorate due to some disturbance mentally. I too dont have continues 5 sleep less than that or with breaking.i was even with d and calcium deficiency.from this mnth even pcod problemplease suggest tests to be done to know correct reason for weight increaseright now i have plantar fasia and on medication of tendocare and gabamax gold.please suggest

    1. Hi Shabina Sultana,

      The reasons of your weight gain can be :

      vitamin D deficiency
      PCOD
      lack of sleep
      Depression medications
      Physical activity….

      We would like to extend a free nutritionist consultation alongwith a whole body composition analysis. To avail you could drop in your contact details on kritika@truweight.in. We are sure you will be able to achieve your health goals once you follow a correct diet and lifestyle advice. All the best! Waiting for your reply.