Why the $!@* cant I lose weight?

Frustrated

 

 

 

 

 

Every now and then I encounter a person whose body simply refuses to respond no matter what changes we make to their diet and training program.

 

Most of the time when someone tells me that “they have tried everything and still can’t lose weight”   I typically respond with one simple question:

 

“How many calories are you eating most days?”

 

In all the years and hundreds of times I have asked this only twice has anybody been able to provide me with a definitive answer.

 

Most people simply say things like “I hardly eat much at all” or my personal fave “oh, I eat really healthy”.

 

Both of these answers suck by the way. In fact if you are struggling to lose your last (or first) 5 or 10 pounds then knowing your numbers is an absolute MUST.

 

Despite what you may have heard about magical weight loss herbs or secret food combinations the single most important rule to losing body fat is that you must be in a calorie deficit on more days than not.

 

Now I know that you may be thinking “duh Bruce- who doesn’t know that?” But like the saying goes common sense is… remarkably uncommon these days- especially when it comes to weight loss.

 

This is evidenced by all of those quack pills and goofy exercise gadgets being sold on TV and all over the Internet- they wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t a hungry market eager to waste their time and cash on empty promises.

 

You may also think that this is where I go on and on about all the different ways that you can go about achieving a calorie deficit.

 

Nope, not this time. With this post I am preaching to the choir and want to talk about what you should do if you are achieving a calorie deficit and eating a “clean diet” but still the fat won’t leave you.

 

To be honest, I have encountered this on several occasions (4 to be exact) and there was one commonality that unites them all- they were all women.

 

I have yet to encounter a situation where a man couldn’t lose fat simply by cleaning up their diet, reducing alcohol intake and lifting some weights.

 

Even guys with low T will respond to this approach (albeit to a lesser degree than a guy with better testosterone levels).

 

But female fat loss is different.

 

I have written about gender differences in body fat deposition before and how women have a harder go when it comes to losing body fat- especially the sticky stuff that holds on for dear life.

 

When this happens the culprit that is causing all the trouble is likely to be one (or more) of the following;

 

Sleep apnea

ANYTHING that disrupts your sleep can have a negative impact on your ability to lose body fat. When you don’t get enough sleep Leptin, the hormone that tells the brain, “you’re full” decreases by approximately 15%. At the same time ghrelin, the hormone that signals, “you’re really hungry’ increases by about the same amount. And it doesn’t end there- insufficient sleep is also associated with adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance and depression- all of which can affect your body composition.

 

PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome affects the way a woman’s body utilizes insulin leading to high insulin levels and insulin resistance. PCOS will also cause an increase in androgen production. Both of these symptoms can create an environment that makes losing body fat extremely difficult- even in the presence of a calorie deficit and an otherwise healthy diet.

 

Hypothyroidism

Low thyroid typically results in a decreased metabolic rate making weight loss extremely difficult. Typically hypothyroidism occurs in post menopausal women but can happen with younger women too. The only way to know is to test so be sure to get blood work.  And don’t accept the “your normal” answer you may get from your doc- insist on seeing the numbers for yourself. Many women who test within the “normal” range of traditional medical standards still need thyroid support. In some cases their TSH may be only slightly elevated, but enough so that it influences their metabolism and causes weight gain.

 

Note: certain medication can also make losing body fat very difficult. SSRI (antidepressants), beta blockers and insulin are three of the more common ones.

 

I am NOT a doctor and this is not intended to be a medical recommendation of any kind. However, if you are a person who is struggling with losing body fat despite eating healthy and exercising intelligently then testing for one (or all) of the above may reveal the reason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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