Ask any woman what would she ask for if she had 3 wishes, and one of them will certainly be to lose weight. All woman want to have a slimmer body.
But women do not lose weight in the same way as men. If you take a look at couples trying to lose weight, one phenomenon that often occurs is they embark on the same journey, eat the same food, practice the same exercises, but women just do not shed as many pounds as their partner.
Losing weight is challenging and hard for anyone. However, there are factors that make it even harder and more challenging for women. Yes, it can be depressing to know that as a woman, you are less likely to lose weight doing the same things as men do.
But once you identify those problems, there is always a solution to them.
Reason 1 – Eating the wrong foods
Women are often inclined towards foods that are labelled as “low-fat” and “no-fat”. Yes, cutting on fats is one of the first steps to losing weight. However, what you do not know is that those low-fat foods are packed with preservatives and other ingredients. The goal is to make the low-fat foods taste as good as their full-fat counterparts.
And even worse, the extra ingredients do not add the nutrients that have been stripped away. So, in reality, while you eat low-fat foods, you crave even more. Simply put, your body is lacking vital nutrients.
What can you do? For starters, cut back and eliminate fake foods. Choose real foods and read labels. What does it mean in practice? One example is to eat one apple instead of drinking a glass of low-calories apple juice. In terms of snacks and other convenience products, read the labels and opt for brands that are organic and free of dyes and pesticides.
Reason 2 – Not exercising properly
Pigheadedness is a common trait among women. It is that trait that makes them spend hours and hours at the gym. Women think that they can counter their weight by over-exercising at the gym. And they do the wrong types of exercises as well. Not to sound sexist, but women usually focus on cardio at a moderate intensity.
But if you want to lose weight, it is time to kick up a notch. Try high-intensity interval training instead. You will work out for less time but get better results. Another aspect to add to your routine is strength training. That doesn’t mean you need to put on weight as a man. And no, it will not translate in you looking like a bodybuilder. Add bodyweight exercises like push-ups and lunges as super-effective exercises for losing weight.
Reason 3 – A thyroid problem
When your body is not functioning properly due to a thyroid problem, often the result is extra weight. The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 are some of the most important chemicals in our weight and metabolism.
Check for some of these symptoms: insomnia, racing heart, nervousness, unexplained weight loss, high amounts of perspiration, muscle weakness, thin and brittle hair. Those are symptoms of too much T4. On the flip side, too little T4 can result in unexplained weight gain, fatigue, dry hair, dry skin, constipation, and muscle weakness.
If you have a thyroid problem, look for natural therapies. For example, look at your nutritional deficiencies, like iodine or toxicity. Eliminate the deficiencies, and your thyroid should work better.
Reason 4 – Prescription medications
Prescription meds can be a reason why you are not losing weight. Some meds cause side effects like fluid retention, weight gain, change in appetite and increase in hormones. The classic example being birth control pills and antidepressants. If you are using some of these meds and you are not losing weight despite all your best efforts, it is time for a change.
If possible, speak with your doctor about other options. Sometimes, it can be possible to transition to a natural option. For example, exercising, medication, and yoga are great remedies for fighting depression. Try them instead of using antidepressants.
Reason 5 – Hormonal imbalance
Cortisol, known commonly as the stress hormone, can hamper your weight loss attempts as well. Cortisol can increase your appetite and make you crave for carbs, which results in fat in the belly section.
In order to solve the problem, try to eliminate or at least reduce stress in your life. Try some yoga, a great way to get stress relief. Decreasing stress is the only way to lower cortisol levels. Yes, it is easier said than done, but take time to put yourself and your health first.
Reason 6 – Emotions get in the way
In some cases, people “eat their emotions”. For example, some people tend to reach for a pint of ice cream when they had a stressful day. Emotional eating is a real thing. When you are eating in order to deal with your emotions, you are usually eating unhealthy foods. You are not reaching for carrot sticks to battle emotions for sure.
Practice mindful eating. Be sure to check whether you are really hungry, or you are just eating to avoid the assignment hanging over your head. When you eat, sit down and give your food your full attention.
Reason 7 – You are not getting enough sleep
Many people underestimate the value of a good night sleep. And women, in particular, are known to say “I can sleep for just two hours, and that will be enough for me”. Well, it might work while you are a teenager or 20 something, but not after that. Getting between 6 and 8 hours of sleep is crucial so our body can regenerate, rejuvenate, and prepare for the next day.
If you are having troubles getting to bed, try some sleep strategies. For starters, try to work out a rhythm of going to bed earlier. There is no point in staying up late if the only reason is checking Facebook.
Reason 8 – Food allergy
More than 9 million Americans have a certain type of a food allergy. If you are allergic or sensitive to a certain ingredient, and you eat it nevertheless, you are likely to struggle with losing weight. Allergens, or foods that you are allergic to, can cause inflammation. If you continue eating those foods, inflammation will make you more susceptible to extra pounds.
The best way to determine whether you are allergic to some foods is to try an elimination diet. During an elimination diet, you need to exclude top allergen foods like gluten, soy, eggs, dairy, and nuts.
Reason 9 – Too many healthy foods
Healthy foods are great, but too much of anything is not good. Foods like avocado, nuts, full-fat dairy are great and very healthy. However, they are also high in calories, and if you are eating too many of these foods, you might struggle to lose weight.
Consider going to a keto diet if you are following a diet that is high in protein and fat.