Why Do You Struggle with Weight Loss? - Olathe Chiropractic

Why Do You Struggle with Weight Loss?

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Have you tried over and over to lose weight, but yet, your weight goes up or stays constant? Your body loses weight in specific ways, which is why diet and exercise is always emphasized. However, you may do the right things and still struggle with weight loss. Studies show that your body actually fights against weight loss, which is how you can plateau quickly with exercise results. Find out the factors that play a part in your weight loss and how you can be successful with your goals!

 

How Does Your Body Lose Weight?

Studies show that of the 45+ million Americans dieting each year, that at least half of them are women. The interesting part is that women have a much harder time losing weight than men do. Part of that is because women’s bodies were designed to have the ability to carry children. Hormones will naturally keep a woman’s body in a certain weight range to help keep them healthy and fertile.

 

When you exercise, you are burning calories from food that your body needs for energy. It tends to take energy calories from your sugars and carbs first, where it will them move on to fat and protein. If you don’t exercise long enough, your body won’t get to your fat reserves. Your body can actually push back against weight loss in the first couple of weeks, when people tend to give up. When you first start a diet and are eating less, your body starts to go in crisis mode, almost as if you were in starvation mode. It will boost certain hormones to hold onto your fat reserves. That’s why it’s so important to push through the first two weeks of diet and exercise so you can start to see results.

 

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Why Do You Struggle with Weight Loss?

Many factors come into play with achieving weight loss goals. You want to lose weight, but are your actions allowing you to do so? All of these will make you struggle to have real weight loss:

  • Not sleeping enough. The body can’t fully recover and will work slower when you are running on less sleep. Your cognitive functions, your metabolism and more all slow down. Your body then makes more cortisol, which is the stress hormone that stimulates your desire to eat more.
  • Snacking too much. Handfuls of snacks or treats here and there can mean way more calories each day than you realize.
  • Medications. Some medications and steroids have side-effects of weight gain.
  • Lack of exercise. You may be doing a little bit of exercise, but not enough. The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days a week. For weight loss, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 60 minutes a day.
  • Skipping meals. Skipping a meal or skipping out on breakfast will slow down your metabolism, possibly all day long.
  • Stress. This triggers that cortisol hormone we mentioned.
  • Not having goals. It’s harder to lose weight if you don’t actually plan out where you want to be and how you’re going to get there.

 

You have to constantly challenge your body to do new workouts, lift different weights and to try something new to avoid a plateau in weight loss. With lifting weights, change up your exercise, reps and weight often to build more muscle. The more muscle you have, the more you boost your metabolism, as muscle burns fat.

 

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Boosting Your Metabolism and Losing Weight

Did you know that you can naturally increase your weight loss by changing how you eat? Science shows us that there are methods for weight loss that work for people no matter their body type. The key is to change your nutrition. At our office, we offer our patients nutritional assessments, which can literally find the nutrients present in your blood to see what your body is getting. When you don’t have the right diet nor the right nutrients, losing weight will be hard.

 

With these nutritional assessments, we can help patients see what type of diet they need for the weight loss goals they have. This is especially important for people with chronic conditions that are affected or worsened by carrying extra weight around. To get started, try to take out the breads, pastas and other high-carb or high-fat foods from your diet. Replace them with protein sources such as nuts, shakes, eggs and legumes. The body must work harder to break down protein than it would carbs or sugars, which means you’re burning more calories.

 

Other ways to boost metabolism for weight loss include:

  • Increase your exercise. More healthy exercise can help you burn unwanted fat. Even simply walking more can help boost your metabolism for longer periods of time.
  • Don’t skip meals. This won’t help you lose weight. It will only make you lose muscle, which you want. Eating a healthy meal or snack when you are hungry boosts your metabolism.
  • Sleep more. You can burn those calories if you’re not sleeping enough! Aim for 7-9 hours a night.

 

Get Weight Loss Help and Counseling

Working with a professional can help you burn fat quicker and in the right way. With medical weight loss services such as Laser-Like Lipo, we can target those fat deposits to reduce them. This service is one that can be done in just a few minutes and it focuses on using laser light to melt your fat.

 

We place this laser light on various areas of your body, where it works to target fat deposits just under the skin. As the laser light melts your fat, your body will naturally remove it from its system through the lymphatic and digestive systems. Laser-Like Lipo is similar to how exercise burns your fat, except it can be done in just a few minutes. To learn more about this and other weight loss services, call Olathe Chiropractic at (913) 732-0087 for your free consultation!

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