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Why Women Often Struggle to Lose Weight and What You Can Do

October 18, 2018

 

 

Weight loss for women is different than it is for men because there are many unique factors that can prevent women from shedding pounds.

 

I am pleased to offer some insight into underlying barriers for weight loss, and provide some weight loss tips for women who are working hard to meet a goal!

 

Diabetes

Losing excess weight is very important for women who are struggling with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes because body fat can increase the body’s resistance to insulin and make it difficult to manage glucose. However, high blood insulin levels signal the body that you have plenty of sugar and it’s time to start storing energy as fat.

 

What you can do: If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important that you eat breakfast daily, increase your fiber intake, and reduce the amount of calories you consume during the day. This last step can be done by eating mini meals throughout the day instead of heavy dinners and lunches.

 

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia pain is widespread and can flare up at any time, dampening one’s enthusiasm for exercise or even daily movement. Combined with fatigue, depression, and fluctuating hormone levels, women with fibromyalgia are not only less inclined to lose weight, but may also have an increased risk of weight gain.

 

What you can do: Daily movement is one of the best kinds of fibromyalgia exercise and can help you with quick weight loss. Aerobic exercises are the most effective, but on days that you find it hard to move, you can stick with something easier, such as walking or gardening.

 

Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating metabolism and daily calorie burn, but many women are living with a condition known as hypothyroidism--when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce sufficient thyroid hormones--and don’t even realize it. Hypothyroidism can prevent women from achieving rapid weight loss or even maintaining a healthy weight.

 

What you can do: If you suspect you have hypothyroidism, it’s important to speak with a wellness professional before attempting to treat your condition. Possible remedies for hypothyroidism and to promote natural weight loss include going gluten-free, cutting carbs and sugar from your diet, choosing foods that reduce inflammation, and exercising daily to fight fatigue.

 

Menopause

When a woman reaches menopause age, her hormones can be thrown out of balance, disrupting metabolism and weight management. This occurrence is compounded by heat flashes, loss of sleep, and muscle pain that make exercising a genuine struggle.

 

What you can do: If menopause has caused you sudden weight gain, it’s important to speak with a wellness professional about remedies for your symptoms. Habits such as eating more protein and fiber, using healing therapies to reduce stress, and adding more cardio to your daily routine can improve your menopause symptoms and your weight.

 

Metabolism

It’s normal for the metabolism to slow as you age, and this causes your body to burn fewer calories and slow your loss of weight. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t give your metabolism a new kickstart.

 

What you can do: Keep your metabolism running high throughout the day by eating breakfast, drinking coffee in moderation, enjoying plenty of cold water, consuming more protein and omega-3s, and incorporating more interval training into your exercise.


It’s not always easy to shed pounds quickly, especially for women who are struggling with underlying conditions that affect metabolism and hormone levels. The best weight loss for women is to develop a customary approach that targets individual needs, and you can do so by contacting Sage Nutrition and Healing Center in Little Silver, New Jersey.

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