Unable to lose weight even with regular exercise? Blame these 7 reasons

From hypothyroidism to a lack of protein and vitamin D in your diet, here are 7 reasons why you're not losing weight.
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Aayushi Gupta Updated: 23 Oct 2023, 12:47 pm IST
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Okay, so you’ve given up eating fast food and have committed to working out regularly while only eating wholesome home-cooked meals. But you’re still unable to shed the extra kilos? Ladies, first of all, going on a weight loss journey can be quite complicated, and as a result, many people end up making mistakes. if you’re concerned about the reasons why you’re not losing weight, relax.

There are additional factors that require your attention in addition to your exercise routine if you want to lose weight.

Health Shots spoke to Vibha Bajpaee, Head Dietician, Asian Hospital, who rolled out these 7 reasons why you’re not losing weight even after following a daily workout routine.

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Here are 7 reasons why you’re not able to lose weight:

1. You’re stressed

Stress may have a negative impact on our body. Stress, worry, sadness, and low mood are a few of the mental conditions that can contribute to weight gain or hinder efforts to lose weight. Stress is one of the causes if you’re gaining weight while eating well and working out. This occurs because stress causes your body to release the hormone cortisol, which can lead to unwanted weight gain.

2. You have hypothyroidism

Gaining weight could be a sign of hypothyroidism, a disorder marked by low thyroid hormone levels. This occurs as a result of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), which slows the metabolism and might cause unexpected weight gain. On the other hand, if the thyroid produces more hormones, you could suddenly start to lose weight. It is known as hyperthyroidism.

3. Your sleep cycle is out of track

One of the most common signs of a poor sleep cycle is an inexplicable shift in weight. Well, lack of sleep can impact the hormone cortisol’s release, which controls appetite and stores fat. Furthermore, you will burn fewer calories when you don’t get enough sleep. So, make an effort to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

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4. Your diet is lacking in protein

A key nutrient in the process of losing weight is protein. Protein intake can help maintain a healthy metabolism and curb hunger. In fact, it might also aid in maintaining muscle mass while shedding body fat. Protein smoothies are a great way to increase the amount of protein in our diet. A protein-rich diet can also aid in weight loss by preventing overeating and, when combined with exercise, aiding in the development of lean muscle. Lean muscle aids in increased daily calorie burn, which can aid in weight loss.

Also, read: From idli sambhar to rajma chawal, here are 7 classic Indian food combinations for weight loss

5. You’re dehydrated

The body’s ability to burn fat is strongly correlated with increasing water consumption. Additionally, when we don’t drink enough water, our bodies struggle to distinguish between hunger and dehydration. According to several studies, people who drink water right before a meal succeed in losing weight more than those who don’t. It might be because drinking water makes people feel fuller and encourages them to eat smaller meals.

6. You may have a vitamin D deficiency

According to studies published in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Nutrition Journal, vitamin D, popularly known as the “sunshine vitamin,” actually aids in weight loss. But if you don’t get enough vitamin D, you can put on weight or your weight loss attempts might be in vain. Incorporate healthy sources of vitamin D into your diet in addition to your exercise regimen.

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7. You’re in menopause

The level of the hormone oestrogen decreases in a woman’s body as she approaches menopause. The cyclical patterns of oestrogen and progesterone are disrupted as a result, which causes weight gain, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances. But menopause weight gain isn’t always brought on by hormonal changes alone. Instead, age, as well as lifestyle and genetic variables, are typically linked to weight gain.

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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