If you have been struggling to lose weight no matter what you have tried, it is likely that you have underlying metabolic issues, such as metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance. Only 7% of Americans today are metabolically healthy. These conditions make weight loss challenging and all but impossible, even when eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of metabolic risk factors that increase the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The condition is characterized by a combination of factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and excess abdominal fat. Having metabolic syndrome can make it difficult to lose weight and can often leads to weight gain.
Insulin resistance and hyerinsulinemia is another metabolic issue that can make weight loss extremely challenging. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance occurs when the body’s cells become less responsive to insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels. Because blood sugar in excess is toxic it must be removed, and in people that are insulin resistant this often is removed and stored as fat. This can cause weight gain, especially around the abdomen, and make it difficult to lose weight.
Research has shown that weight loss is more than just about calories in versus calories out. Hormones play a significant role in regulating appetite, metabolism, and fat storage. In particular, the hormones insulin, cortisol, and leptin can dramatically impact weight loss success.
Insulin plays a critical role in regulating metabolism and fat storage. When insulin levels are high, the body is in fat storage mode, making it difficult to lose weight. Reducing insulin resistance through dietary and lifestyle changes can help improve weight loss success.
In conclusion, if you have been struggling to lose weight despite efforts to eat healthy and exercise regularly, it is important to consider underlying metabolic issues such as metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance. These conditions can make weight loss challenging and may require specific dietary and lifestyle changes to improve success. Additionally, understanding the role of hormones in weight loss can help shift the focus from simply counting calories and increasing physical activity to addressing hormonal imbalances that may be contributing to weight gain.