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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

When people come to Body Sculptors in Louisville, KY, they often feel they simply can’t lose weight and that their body isn’t capable of it. That’s simply not true. While there are conditions that make weight loss more difficult, there are also ways to improve the condition and help you on the road to normalcy. Hormonal imbalance, chronic stress, inflammation and many other conditions respond favorably to a change of diet and a program of regular exercise. No two people are exactly alike, which is why we focus on your needs and problems.

Change your diet and reduce inflammation, calories and additives.

Diet makes the biggest difference in weight loss. Most people who want to lose weight first try dieting. Actually, diets don’t work, at least not in the long run. What does work is healthy eating. Eliminating processed foods, cutting out foods with added sugar and processed flour goes a long way to aiding in weight loss. Those types of food often trigger inflammation, which interferes with the normal weight loss process. More whole foods and fewer processed foods often results in lower calories and a reduction of insulin resistance, which also helps weight loss.

Of course, exercise should be part of the program.

While you can’t out exercise a bad diet, you still need to get more active if you want to lose weight. Exercise helps burn more calories. It also helps burn off the hormones of stress. One of those hormones is cortisol, which is linked to belly fat. Stress can cause weight gain and make it harder to lose weight. Exercise and a healthy diet can help get your hormones back on track and aid in normal weight loss. Not only will you lose weight, you’ll feel fabulous.

Are you eating more than you realize or emotionally eating.

Sometimes people eat a snack on the go. Maybe it’s grabbing a quick candy from the candy bowl as you pass a cohort’s desk, or you “clean the bowl” after dinner, eating those last few spoonfuls rather than store them. Emotional eating is also a problem. Do you crave crunchy things when you’re angry or sugary treats when you’re sad? Keep a food journal and log in everything you ate. If you had an emotional experience right before eating, list that as well. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and your eating habits.

Do you understand portion control? Too often we overestimate what one serving looks like and consume several portions at once. Snacks are particularly notorious for this, since their serving size is often far smaller and you eat more.

Depression can actually cause weight gain. Luckily, a healthy diet and regular exercise are good for both weight loss and depression

Maybe you don’t get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause an imbalance of the ghrelin—hunger—hormones and leptin—satiety—hormones. Get more sleep and you’ll feel less hungry naturally.

Are you drinking enough water. Studies show that people who increase their water intake to at least eight glasses a day can increase their ability to lose weight.

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