5 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Have you tried “everything” to lose weight but no amount of calorie counting and healthy eating is making the scale budge?† You’re not alone.† This is the situation for many people, especially women over age 35 who are particularly vulnerable to some hormonal changes that can challenge our best efforts to get slim.

According to Dr. Cobi Slater, PhD, DNM, CHT, RNCP, ROHP, author of:†The Ultimate Candida Guide and Cookbook: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating Disease Causing Yeast and Revolutionizing Your Health! “The most common systemic imbalances that lead to weight loss resistance in women and men are connected to the extremely delicate symphony of hormones.† The key players are the thyroid and adrenal hormones as well as estrogen, progesterone, leptin and ghrelin. Once the body regains balance, the weight comes off easily.” Here are five factors she cites as the most common reasons people can’t lose weight even when they’re “eating right”:

1.† Thyroid Imbalance

If thyroid hormone levels drop so does the rate of metabolism. The result: reduced energy, depression, digestive weakness, constipation and weight gain.

2.† Adrenal Imbalance

When we experience chronic stress, the adrenal glands respond with a “fight or flight” reaction through the output of stress hormones, which signal fat storage. Adds Dr. Slater, “Long-term stress causes your body to hang on to every calorie it can in preparation for crisis. There are more cortisol or stress hormone receptors in our stomach than any other area. This is the reason that the ‘spare tire’ forms around the abdomen during times of chronic stress.”

3.† Female Hormonal Imbalance

The balance between estrogen and progesterone can result in fat, especially belly fat storage.† Dr. Slater indicates that “as early as 35 years old, our estrogen and progesterone levels can begin to fluctuate. In an effort to preserve fertility for as long as possible, the body hangs on to extra fat – especially in the belly because this fat can make estrogen.” According to her, an estimated 50% or more of the population is in a state of “estrogen dominance” in which progesterone levels are low in comparison to estrogen, resulting in an imbalance that results in weight gain.

4.† Insufficient Sleep

When we don’t get enough sleep, the hormones leptin and ghrelin can become out of balance.† A “Ghrelin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat and is responsible for the hunger feelings. When you are sleep-deprived, ghrelin is produced in larger quantities causing an increase in appetite and cravings. Leptin, on the other hand, is the hormone that tells you to stop eating and when you are sleep deprived, less leptin is produced. A leptin deficiency prevents the brain from telling the stomach that you are full!” shares Dr. Slater.

5.† Food Allergies or Sensitivities

Inadequate digestion along with toxic buildup and the resulting inflammation and food sensitivities can also be a factor in weight that just won’t budge.† It’s a form of chronic stress that increases our adrenal hormone cortisol which results in fat storage.† Fat stores also buffer toxins from doing damage to our tissues.† Many toxins act as hormones in the body, further disrupting our delicate hormonal balance. †What does this mean to you? According to Dr. Slater:† “You could be eating all the ‘right’ foods that are actually ‘wrong’ for you! Often people are allergic or sensitive to foods that are seemingly healthy.”

Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts that inform you on how to address each of these health issues.

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Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell2 years ago

Thank you

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago


Mia Robertson
Mia Robertson2 years ago

There are no magic pills and magic formula for weight loss.

The most important thing is that you have to be motivated for successful weight loss journey. Without will power and motivation you will fail.

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She lost 120 pounds and she wrote very interesting story.

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G3 years ago

thanks for info

Lola S.
Lola S3 years ago

I can relate to the stress and lack of sleep

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper3 years ago

Lack of willpower? Not really wanting too? Lying to yourself?

Alessandra B.
Alessandra B3 years ago

Many forget about drinking calories as well.

Patrice Z.
Patrice Z3 years ago

Great article.

Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein3 years ago

Time for some tests....thank you for the input.

Lorene Farnsworth

Or, eating like a big fat pig.