What are reasons why you may not be losing weight?


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Some reasons for a lack of weight loss may include dietary mistakes and medical conditions. Following strict eating rules such as cutting out all carbohydrates can sabotage diets, while serious medical conditions such as hypothyroidism can prevent people from losing weight.

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Following a gluten-free diet without a medical need to do so may result in overeating other foods and in deficiencies of vital nutrients such as folate and fiber. Restricting food groups can also lead to bingeing, as seen with many who cut out sweets and carbohydrates from their diets. The best thing to do is to eat a varied diet to control bingeing and get all the nutrients a body needs.

If the issue is not with diet or exercise, a condition such as chronic stress or hypothyroidism may be to blame. It is essential to diagnose and treat such conditions prior to losing weight. Anxiety or stress cause the body to produce certain chemical substances, such as cortisol, that make the body store more fat. Chronic stress can cause storage of fat primarily around the waist; this type of fat increases the risk of serious health problems. Hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid gland, results in a slowed-down metabolism.

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