You've set your mind to getting healthy and losing weight. You eat well, work out and rarely indulge in dessert. According to fitness websites and workout experts, you're doing everything right.
So why aren't you losing weight? Maybe it's your health that's keeping you from shedding those pesky pounds. Here's a look at five medical conditions that might be making it difficult to lose weight:
Also known as underactive thyroid, hypothyroidism is a condition that causes people to feel stressed, overworked and downright exhausted. The thyroid gland is responsible for managing your metabolism, so when it's not working properly, your metabolism slows down and you have a more difficult time losing weight.
Your doctor can help diagnose hypothyroidism.
2. Low Testosterone
As men get older, their testosterone levels start to lag. This is a natural part of aging — but that doesn't make it pleasant. As the amount of testosterone in your blood goes down, the amount of belly and chest fat tends to go up. Low testosterone can also cause fatigue and a low libido. Low testosterone also affects women.
There are treatments available for low testosterone.
3. Heart Disease
According to the Heart Foundation, nearly 800,000 people die each year from heart disease and associated cardiovascular problems. Millions more find it difficult to lose weight due to the conditions. When your heart isn't functioning properly or blood can't flow cleanly through your veins, you're more likely to have less energy.
Heart disease has many causes, but perhaps the most common cause is poor diet and lack of exercise. The good news is you can choose to change your diet, exercise more and feel better.
Nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association — and that number is continuing to grow at an alarming rate. Diabetes occurs when the body can no longer respond to normal regulating mechanisms designed to regulate blood sugar levels. And when your body can't properly regulate its blood sugar, it starts storing fat like it's going out of style. The result is that eating a proper diet and getting enough exercise are not effective ways to lose weight.
Working out and eating right can help fight off Type 2 diabetes.
5. Polycystic Ovarian or Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic ovarian (or ovary) syndrome is an incredibly common hormonal disorder that can lead to irregular periods, excess hair, acne and obesity. It gets in the way of your weight loss because it affects your blood sugar.
If you are having difficulty losing weight, contact your doctor and speak to a nutritionist. Then connect with personal trainer Ralph Roberts to develop a personalized training regime that will work for you. Ralph will work one-on-one with you and help you achieve your weight loss and overall health goals.
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