5 Reaons You May Not Be Losing Weight

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Your diet isn't built for you

Your body's nutrition needs are unique and depend on a number of factors, including your body fat percentage, muscle mass, and even lab values. When you follow a bandwagon diet or guess at the nutritional needs of your body, you're likely to miss the mark. 

Instead, consult with a family practice, primary care, or internal medicine physician who can design a diet customized for your needs and geared toward weight loss. Ongoing medical monitoring ensures that your diet is adjusted as your body's needs change, maximizing your long-term success. 

You're depriving yourself

When you attempt total avoidance of indulgent foods - such as a zero-carb diet - your risk of binge-eating during a moment of weakness increases. Subsequently, the morning after a binge, your weight is back up again, you feel defeated, and you begin to wonder why you've been working so hard for nothing. The result? You become less and less compliant over time until you give up.

Your doctor will ensure that you have options to satisfy your cravings. Some patients find that supplementing their efforts with medication can make a tremendous difference, while others find that having a sweet bite once or twice a day helps them stay compliant, keep their resolve, and achieve their goals.

You're focused on the wrong metrics

How are your pants fitting? How do you feel after eating a meal? Has it gotten any easier to climb a flight of stairs?

Many people get discouraged when the number on the scale doesn't move, but the journey to health and wellness involves both fat reduction and increased muscle mass. Because muscle weighs more than fat, your body can be transforming while the number on the scale lingers or even goes up.

Medical weight loss doctors know exactly what to measure to monitor your progress and provide you with the information you need every step of the way.

You're not eating enough

If you're both dieting and exercising, you need to take in a minimum number of calories every day in order to begin losing weight. Consult your physician to find out how many calories you should eat, and even more importantly, where those calories should come from.

You're counting on exercise alone

While exercise is an incredibly important part of your health and wellness journey, exercise alone - not paired with good dietary choices - will produce little, if any, weight loss. It's imperative that you limit intake of processed foods, follow your provider's recommendations, eat plenty of protein, and get the vitamins and minerals you need through your diet in order to reap the rewards of your workout. 

There can also be medical reasons you aren't losing weight, like stress, depression, thyroid problems, and Cushing's disease, among others. Your doctor can determine if there is any underlying cause to stubborn fat. To schedule your consultation appointment, visit WolMed today.

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