3 Reasons The Scale Isn't Budging

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When you are trying to lose weight and you're not getting results it can be downright disheartening and soul destroying.  

Here are 3 possible reasons for why the scale's not budging.

Reason 1

It could be related to your thyroid.  

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance. 

Among other things, the thyroid controls your meteabolism.  If you don't have enough thyroid hormone, your body processes slow down which means your body makes less energy, and your metaboism becomes sluggish which can cause some weight gain. 

When a person develops hypothyroidism their metabolism slows down. “The calories will stick, and you will gain weight,”  Weight can be anywhere between 10 and 30 pounds.

The good news  is there are many treatment options to help manage thyroid irregularities.  

If you think your thyroid could be the culprit, speak with your medical doctor.  

Reason 2

You could be eating more than you think.

Let's face it.  Life is hectic.  Most of us have a million things on our mind.  It's highly possible we are popping more inside our bellys that we are aware of.

Awareness is super important when trying to maintain a healthy body composition.  Many people don't have the faintest idea just how much they are consuming on a daily basis.

To determine if your diet could be your problem, start journalling everything you put in your mouth.  

At the end of a week calculate your calories to see if you're over-consuming what your body really needs.

Reason 3

Not eating enough protein.

I can't speak for you, but the lack of protein is always the culprit for me.

According to the experts, eating protein at 25-30% of your daily caloric intake can boost your metabolism significantly and cause you to eat several hundred fewer calories per day.   

The more protein you eat, the more fat your body burns.  It can also significantly reduce your sugar cravings and intermittement snacking.

To determine whether you are getting adequate protein in day, use the following formula and adjust your protein intake accordingly.

How to Calculate Your Protein Needs

  1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kilograms (kg)

  2. Weight in kg x 0.8 = protein grams per day lower limit.

  3. Weight in kg x 1.7 = protein grams per day upper limit.

Sources:

yourhormones.info/glands/thyroid-gland/ | everydayhealth.com/thyroid.../how-i-lost-weight-with-hypothyroidism.aspx 


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