I'm Working Out And I Still Can't Lose Weight - Here's Why

Ok you say you are doing everything that you are suppose to be doing, but you are still gaining weight? Indeed that can be frustrating. All the work you have put in trying to eat right and exercise only to find that your waistband is just a little tighter. Well, don't throw in the towel just yet. Do you know that anything from a vitamin deficiency to hormonal imbalances and even to the medications your doctor has you on could be what's making you gain weight? Sometimes our weight gain is due to factors that we can't control and factors that may need to be examined by the doctor. What are some of these issues?

Could Be Taking the Wrong Meds

There are tons of meds that can cause you to gain weight. Some of those meds are hormone therapy, birth control, high blood pressure meds, arthritis meds, heartburn medications and some seizure medications.  Once on these medications the pounds can slowly creep on. If you think this may be the case, consult your physician and he may be able to find you an alternative.

You Might Be Depressed

There a lot of antidepressant medications that can cause depression and these medications can add between 5-15lbs easy, and you will continue to add even more weight. Consult with your doctor about the medications that you may be on. There is a drug called Wellbutrin that is used to depression that can actually help you lose weight.

Depression can also cause you to want to eat and eat.  The loneliness and helpless feeling can cause you to put on the extra pounds because you are actually doing so to cover up other problems. Manage your depression and that will help balance your weight.

Your Digestion Might Be On The Slow Side

When you have digestive problems or your emptying time is very slow, this could very well be the cause of your weight gain. Good bowels habits are when you can have movements at least once or twice a day.  Anything less than that will allow toxins to accumulate in the system which can throw the digestive system completely off and cause you to gain weight. If constipation is an issue for you, try to eat more vegetables, drink more water and take probiotics and eat lots of fiber.

You Need More Nutrients

If you are low in vitamins such as Vitamin D, magnesium and iron, you will most definitely will start to feel tired, weak and exhausted. When you feel this way your eating habits can begin to change because your body is looking for ways to replenish what it needs. This is when those carbohydrate, caffeine and sweet cravings begin to take over. It is not always what you are eating, but why are you eating it.

Yes Happy Birthday to You

There is something that no one will ever be able to avoid and that is getting older. Sure there are days you feel like you will live forever, and then there are other days you just don't know how you are going to make to tomorrow. It is true.  As we get older, our metabolism begins to slow down. You do not burn the calories at 50 like you did at 20. One way you can keep the weight off in your prime years is to incorporate a healthy lean protein diet with fruits and vegetables. Your body burns these so much quicker than it does those carbohydrates. Also don't forget to keep moving whether it's a walk in the park or an evening run. When you do things to keep the metabolism going, it will only aid in your weight loss.

So don't put the jump rope down just yet.  Make sure you have dotted all the I's and crossed all the T's that we just talked about to make sure those things are eliminated first that may actually be causing the problem.   

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