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I’m struggling to lose weight

Are counting calories and sweating in the gym not working out for you? Learn about some of the ways you’re sabotaging your weight loss efforts and what you can do to stop.

Are there ways you can sabotage yourself during your fitness journey? Is weight loss just a matter of hard work and discipline?  The truth is that most diet advice isn’t worth following, and some health conditions or even deficiencies can slow your progress. Fortunately, under the guidance of a medical expert, you can lose weight in a sustainable manner, with less effort. There are even safe medications that can be used to boost a slow metabolism or suppress a heavy appetite.  Below, our experts at iHealth Care Services in Laurel, Maryland, explain how to end your struggles with weight loss.  Understanding how weight loss occurs  Weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you consume. Unfortunately, not everyone burns calories at the same rate. Factors such as chronic stress or an underlying condition that slows your metabolism (e.g., thyroid disorders and diabetes) can leave you wondering why you’re not making progress.  Another factor that impacts the rate at which you lose weight is your insulin levels. Insulin is the fat-storing hormone, and a diet heavy in processed carbohydrates and sugars will keep your insulin levels up, making it harder to lose excess fat despite eating at a caloric deficit.  Conditions and medications that may slow your weight loss efforts  Before putting together a nutrition plan, our experts look at your medical history and run tests to ensure that your weight loss isn’t being hindered by a condition or a medication. Sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Cushing’s syndrome, diabetes, and depression can all impact the rate at which you burn calories. Medications that are known to cause weight gain include insulin, allergy medication, antidepressants, and blood pressure medications.  Our providers may be able to recommend different medications to manage your condition or make dietary adjustments to accommodate for a slower metabolism caused by certain drugs.  Weight loss solutions  Aside from a customized nutrition plan and a review of your current health state, our providers may also put together a workout plan that fits your schedule and your fitness level. Almost anyone can burn a few extra calories by working out.  Even low-impact exercises such as walking can have a beneficial impact on your fitness journey. Certain patients also benefit from medications that suppress appetite or make their metabolism burn calories at a faster rate.  If you are tired of jumping from one diet to another and want to take the guessing out of the equation, contact us to schedule an appointment. Under the guidance of our experts, you can reach your weight loss goals sustainably and healthily with a meal plan that doesn’t leave you feeling starved or depleted. Call or message our office today.

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