Understanding Weight Loss Resistance And What You Can Do About It


If you feel like you’re fighting and losing the battle of the bulge you’re probably envying those women you see everyday that seem to be able to eat everything in sight and never gain an ounce. It’s frustrating to see people that don’t seem to have to work at keeping their bodies in good physical shape. It just comes natural to them. But for the vast majority of people, the battle of the bulge has been the longest war that mankind has ever had to deal with. For many, the unseen enemy is not the weight we think we’re fighting off but weight loss resistance. According to Marcelle Pick, an OB/GYN NP, to Women to Women,

Weight loss resistance occurs when a woman has a physiologic/metabolic imbalance that makes losing weight and keeping it off extremely challenging, even when she puts forth her best efforts. It may be a preexisting condition or a new development, but until it’s addressed, no amount of working out at the gym will fix it.

For most women, they may not even be aware that they have a weight loss resistance, so no matter what they do, they won’t be able to see positive results from their weight loss efforts. If you’ve been unsuccessful in your attempts to lose weight you might want to look for signs that this may be your problem.

Types of Weight Loss Resistancecortisol

It’s human nature to try to put everything into a category and weight loss resistance is no different. There are several core systemic imbalances in the body that can contribute to a person’s tendency to hold on to excess weight. You might have only one of these imbalances or a combination of several different ones. These could include hormonal imbalances like the dysfunction of your thyroid gland, adrenal imbalances from chronic stress, neurotransmitter imbalances, digestive disorders, systemic inflammation, or an impaired detoxification in the body. All of these can cause the body to resist change and hold on to the extra weight.

See Your Doctor

If you’re not sure if you have a weight loss resistance or you’re not sure which type of resistance you have, it might be best to see your doctor. Once you’ve determined the type of resistance you have you’re better equipped to overcome the weight loss challenge you face. As reported on Dr. Phil,

If your doctor is thorough and methodical, he or she will ask you key questions about your health when assessing you for medical problems.

Weight loss resistance could be genetic or brought on by any number of factors. Your answers to your doctor’s questions can help you determine exactly which type of resistance you may have and together you can come up with an effective strategy to overcome it.

Use Your Knowledge

Once you know exactly what type of weight loss resistance you’re experiencing, you can use that knowledge to overcome your weight loss challenges. By understanding your unique combination of physiology, lifestyle, and mental makeup you can create a new lifestyle that will be more conducive to supporting your efforts to shed pounds. Your new program should be balanced enough and include an effective nutrition plan as well as an exercise program that will help you to break through any plateaus that you might hit when you’re trying to lose weight.

View It As a Lifestyle Change

Losing weight is not a temporary change but should be viewed as a complete lifestyle change. Avoid using the term “dieting” as it leads you to believe that you can return to your original way of life after losing the excess pounds. Instead, realize that your efforts should not only support your losing the weight but also in keeping it off. Once your medical practitioner has explained what you need to do to break through your specific type of resistance, make sure that you see it as it really is. Practice healthy eating habits that include eating fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and a variety of herbs and supplements. Not only are these effective in keeping your weight off, they keep the body in balance so that your resistance is less likely to rise up again and cause you problems.

Your Physical Routineexercise-mat

There is no question that regular exercise can be very effective in helping you to slim down even if you’re not seeing the pounds coming off. Sometimes it’s not about how much exercise you do as it is the type of exercise that may be best for your body. Exercise is not only a physical means of losing weight but it also impacts us emotionally. So, you need to have a physical routine that you can truly enjoy as an integral part of your daily routine. This will allow you to reset your body’s metabolism so that you’re better equipped to punch through your weight loss resistance.

Remember the Importance of Balance

Keep in mind that weight resistance is usually the result of something in your body being out of balance. When your body is in balance it becomes a much more efficient machine that requires little effort to maintain. While hormonal imbalances and stress are probably the most common contributors to weight loss resistance, other factors can also be contributing factors. Lack of sleep can be an issue for some while food allergies could be another. The point is that it is often difficult to determine the root cause of weight resistance without the help of a medical professional. According to fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin of the Huffington Post,

Unfortunately, fat loss isn’t so linear. Your body is a chemistry lab, not a bank account, and the calories-in-calories-out model is woefully outdated because it fails to account for the numerous variables that can affect fat loss.

Sometimes, the main reason for weight loss resistance is something you may never have considered to be related. Getting the right help to set you off on the right path to success depends on choosing a professional to guide you through your weight loss efforts. Without understanding your body’s physiology and how to keep it in balance, it can be extremely difficult if not impossible to find the results that you hope to achieve.

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Written by Ingrid Macher

Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Motivator - I have a passion for helping people change their lives. I started out helping my friends and now I give advice and tips to perfect strangers who have now become my friends. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change my life even if I could. This kind of happy is truly a gift and I’ll do whatever it takes to be able to give this gift to others.


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