By Be Well Health Coach Jenny Sansouci
Struggling to lose weight? Here are 6 things you may not be considering.
Your Hormones Could Be Out Of Balance
If you’re seemingly doing “everything right” but for some reason you just can’t seem to get any weight off, you might want to consider getting your hormones checked. All the time we see people struggling with weight loss that actually have an issue with their thyroid hormone, which has a big impact on regulating weight. If that’s the case, the thyroid can often be boosted naturally (depending on how severe the thyroid condition is). For women, the estrogen/progesterone ratio in the body can also directly affect weight loss. Higher levels of estrogen relative to progesterone could be causing you to keep weight on. Get your levels checked, and then discuss the next steps with your doctor.
It’s Sugar, Not Fat, That Keeps The Weight On
Most of us know by now that the low fat craze is over, but just in case you weren’t aware — fat isn’t something to be afraid of, if you’re choosing the right kinds of fats like avocado, coconut, and grass-fed butter (yum). The real culprit when it comes to losing weight is sugar. Sugar from any source, even natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey and fruit, can cause you to keep on extra weight if you’re eating them frequently.
Bad Digestion Hinders Weight Loss
Even if you’re eating all the “right” foods, if your digestion is off it can keep you from losing weight. If you experience bloating, constipation, gas, or other digestive discomfort, you’ll want to clear that up before you can really experience the weight loss you’re looking for. A good quality probiotic, drinking more water, and taking a magnesium supplement at night is a good place to start, or if you’re really experiencing digestive discomfort, a gut-cleaning cleanse might be in order.