Many of us have asked that question a lot. Some of the customers at our compounding pharmacy in St. Petersburg, Florida sure did! However, we should also consider that there could be underlying reasons as to why our weight loss plans failed.
Why Am I Not Losing Weight?
- An Unknown Illness
The reason you couldn’t shake off the extra pounds and are even gaining weight could be an unknown illness. Weight gain is a symptom for these following conditions:
Hypothyroidism (underperforming thyroid) – characterized by the low levels of your thyroid hormones which manage your body’s metabolism. Individuals affected with hypothyroidism could gain about 5-10 pounds but not over 20 pounds. And when treated, they could lose about 10% of their body’s weight.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) – believed to affect an estimated 5 million American women, PCOS cause irregular periods, fertility difficulties and weight gain. Overweight women with this condition are vulnerable to diabetes, heart diseases, sleep apnea, and stroke. It’s a lifelong disease but is manageable by following a healthy lifestyle, weight loss medications or both.
Edema or Fluid Retention – edema on its own isn’t a disease but could be the symptom of a lot of conditions including pregnancy, internal organ disease or a side effect of contraceptives, high blood pressure medications, and corticosteroids.
Water helps us feel full, regulates metabolism and gives us energy. When we don’t drink enough, our body retains and conserves water resulting in weight gain. Thirst can also cause hunger pangs on which we act on by eating more.
- Overeating Healthy Foods
Eating healthily isn’t an excuse to overindulge in healthy fares. Healthy or not, eating too much will result in weight gain. Be mindful of what you put inside your mouth always.
- Not Getting Enough Sleep
Your weight loss plan should always include getting a good’s night rest. Your body compensates for your lack of energy and fatigue with the “energy rush” sugar provides. And the more sweets you eat, the more weight you gain.
Yes, your age is a major weight gain influencing factor. The more difficult it is to get off those extra pounds the older you get. That’s because you start to lose muscle mass when you’re in your 30s. Lower muscle mass results to a slower metabolic rate, thus, the weight gain.
At Mcare Pharmacy, we carry pharmaceutical products that can help you lose weight.
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