This is the story of numerous girls who have been left depressed for missing their weight loss goals despite following a regime.It is frustrating to go over the same cycle repeatedly. Here I have listed the top few conditions that are possible reasons for not losing weight despite exercise and diet :-
In today’s times, no one can escape stress. A stressor could be anything from anxiety to grief that could arise from family issues or at workplace. Stress leads to alterations in chemical substances. One hormone in particular cortisol, that is released in response to any stressful event leads to rise in blood sugar and heart rate. When one is suffering from chronic stress, the hormones lead in increase of body fat especially around the waist, thighs and hips. This type of weight gain leads to other health risks as well.
Cushing’s syndrome is a disease of the adrenal glands that are located above the kidneys. The tiny glands secrete high levels of hormone cortisol which leads to accumulation of fat in the back, abdomen and face. Such obesity is called as ‘Truncal obesity’. Accompanying symptoms include stretch marks on the abdomen, arms, breasts and thighs. A person suspected of Cushing’s syndrome will be asked to undergo a series of diagnostic tests like late night cortisol, 24 hour urine feel cortisol and overnight dexamethasone levels to confirm the diagnosis. Early diagnosis can help in treating the condition. With treatment, one can easily lose the accumulated fat.
One of the commonest reasons today for not losing weight today is hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly shaped gland situated in the throat region. It acts under the influence of hormone TSH. The thyroid secretes hormones T3, T4 and calcitonin which are responsible for major metabolic functions in the body, including cholesterol, protein and fat metabolism. An underactive thyroid gland will be inadequate in burning fat and will lead to excess weight gain.
Symptoms of hypothyroid also include changes in menstrual cycles, constipation, hair thinning, feeling tired vry easily, feeling cold easily, lethargy, difficult in losing weight. Once the treatment is started, you will immediately see reduction in the gained weight. Your exercises will finally be able to give you the calorie burn that you should be experiencing. Regular checkup of thyroid function tests like T3, T4 and TSH will help monitor your thyroid function.
Polycastic Ovarian Disease
An extremely common disease affecting women today is the Polycastic Ovarian Disease. This occurs when the levels of hormone testosterone (women have a small amount of testosterone normally) are abnormally high. This lead to symptoms like acne, abnormal menstrual bleeding, excessive facial hair, thinning of hair, weight gain and may also lead to difficulty in conceiving. Regular screening of hormone levels of LH, FSH, Prolactin and a strict weight loss regime can keep PCOD in check and even reverse it. The doctor might start you on the drug metformin to relieve the symptoms.
People with depression lack interest in life. They lose interest in the activities that they once loved. Often they are full of guilt, apathy, helplessness, feeling of worthlessness, lack of hope and thoughts of suicide and death. They often present with symptoms like lack of energy, fatigue, insomnia or excessive sleep, long term headaches and pains with changes in appetite. Some people turn to food to curb their symptoms and improve their mood that lead to severe weight gain from binge eating. Thorough counseling with a diet plan will help relieve their mood swings and will motivate them to adopt healthier eating habits. In severe cases, the psychiatrist might prescribe anti-depressants too.