Losing weight can be challenging for many reasons. Several factors affect your ability to lose and keep off extra weight, and putting in countless hours on grueling exercise routines and restrictive diets can even make the problem worse for many people.
At Vital Clinic and Spa, Dr. Harmanpreet Buttar and our team offer weight loss programs at our clinic in Cypress, Texas. We can help you meet your weight loss goals with a safe and effective program individualized to your needs and prioritizes your health and well-being.
Why is it so hard to lose weight?
If you’re struggling to lose weight, you know the experience is stressful and frustrating.
Even with hard work and the best efforts, many factors affect your ability to lose and keep off the weight — some of which are often beyond your control.
Here are some factors that affect your ability to lose weight:
Weight loss is generally achieved by creating a caloric deficit, where you burn more calories than you consume. But if you don’t keep track of how many calories you take in and how many you burn daily, it can be difficult to get the balance right.
Many people struggle to lose weight because they eat more calories than they think and overestimate the number of calories they burn through exercise.
Food and exercise can also be misleading. Many healthy foods are also high in calories, and certain types of exercise and physical activity burn fewer calories than you might realize.
Eating high amounts of sugar, unhealthy fats, and processed foods can hinder your weight loss efforts. These foods are often calorie-dense and low in nutrients, which can make it difficult to feel satisfied and may lead to overeating.
Additionally, emotional eating, food cravings, and a lack of portion control can also make weight loss difficult.
Hormonal imbalances can affect weight loss. Hormones, like insulin, cortisol, thyroid hormones, and even sex hormones, play a role in regulating metabolism and appetite. Conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, and menopause can influence weight loss due to hormonal disruptions.
Some people naturally have a slower metabolism, so they burn fewer calories at rest compared to others. That can make it challenging to create a significant caloric deficit through diet alone. Additionally, weight loss can lead to a decrease in metabolic rate as the body adjusts to a lower weight and reduces energy expenditure.
Psychological and lifestyle factors
Psychological factors, like stress, emotional eating, and unhealthy relationships with food, can significantly impact weight loss. Stress can trigger the release of cortisol, which may increase appetite and promote fat storage.
Emotional factors can lead to overeating and using food as a coping mechanism. Changing ingrained behaviors and adopting healthier habits require time, effort, and self-discipline, making weight loss challenging.
Remember, weight loss is a complex process that involves more than food and exercise. Our team can help you make healthy lifestyle modifications and offer the support you need while losing weight.
For more information about the weight loss services offered at Vital Clinic and Spa and to find the best plan for your needs, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Buttar at our office in Cypress, Texas.