“I’m notlosing any weight!” my friend whined to me the other day. Then, pinching that little bulge on her side she added,”And my love handles aren’t coming off.”My friend andI are not alone in our “pesky love handle” problems if you’re wondering whatlove handles are, they’re the fatty humps in our midsection. Millions of womenacross the world face the same dilemma. You religiously followed your exerciseroutines every single day. You watch what you eat.
But then, you just can’tseem to shed off those unwanted pounds and get rid of those bumps.I learned onmy journey to overcome my weight difficulties that sometimes, it’s not YOUwho’s at fault why you’re not dropping those extra pounds. There may be otherreasons why you’re not losing weight. Below are 6 of these surprising weightloss hitches.InsertRead More tag here1. You may have a physical illnessthat you don’t know.Not losingweight even when you’ve done everything could be your body telling you that youhave a physical illness that you don’t know. Hypothyroidism low thyroidhormone production and Cushing Syndrome tumor in your pituitary gland arejust some of the maladies that cause their sufferers to gain weight.
More specifically,a person who has Cushing’s has a fuller-looking face and a bulging midsectionbut thin arms and legs.2. You are dehydrated.Source: PxHere.comNot drinkingwater enough for your body’s needs may be the culprit why you’re not shedding yourextra pounds despite the efforts you’ve exerted. According to experts, water…- Helpsin giving that feeling of fullness after every meal,- Maintainsthe temperature of our body, and- Givesus energy.On the otherhand, not drinking enough water results in weight gain because…- Ourbody compensates for the lack of bodily fluids by subconsciously telling us toeat more food, and- Ourbody will conserve water to keep itself going resulting in water retention andwater retention means an added number on the weighing scale.
And sincewe’re on the subject of water, one weight watcher advised me to drink two cupsof water before every meal as this helps hasten the weight loss process.3. You’re overindulging on healthyfoods.Just becauseyou’re getting your fill from healthy foods doesn’t mean you can overeat.Nutritious food fares like oatmeal, avocados, natural nuts and nut-based buttercan still be very fattening when eaten in excess.
4. You’re scrimping on your sleep.A goodnight’s sleep and weight loss work hand in hand, according to bestsellingauthor Tom Rath in his book Eat MoveSleep.
Getting enough sleep at night makes it easier for you to shed offthe extra pounds. On the other hand, your sleep troubles – like insomnia –lessen significantly when you lose weight. 5. You’re feeling the blues.Source: Pixabay.comIf you’resuffering from depression and are taking anti-depressants, your medication maybe the reason why it’s hard for you to lose weight and are gaining moreinstead!”Expect tosee a 5 to 15-pound addition on your weight after a year of takinganti-depressants.
And the number could pile up over the years,” says onepsychiatrist.Moreover, ifyou’re depressed but not taking pills, your bluesmay cause you to unconsciously reach for fattening comfort foods or cutback on physical activities which results in the same thing – weight gain.6. You are getting older.Your bodystarts to lose muscle mass when you reach 30 and onwards. This results in aslower metabolic rate.
“Once ourbody’s metabolism slows down, we gain weight. This is most true if we continueto consume as much food as when we were younger,” says one diet expert.I’m in myearly 30s and I’ve long accepted to myself that I can never contend with myage. But having a healthy lifestyle is more than just losing weight for me. Iwant to be healthy and live to enjoy life longer.
And if I lose these extrapounds and love handles on the way…well, awesome!