There are a multitude of different reasons people struggle with weight loss, but sometimes people have an underlying health issue that makes it more challenging for them to lose weight compared to other people. Today we will discuss why it’s important to understand whether or not you are dealing with an underlying health issue if you are trying to lose weight.
Common Health Issues That May Affect Weight
Hormonal conditions and imbalances of all kinds can cause weight gain. One of the most common includes thyroid disorders. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism, so when your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, it can very easily lead to an increase in weight. Other common hormonal issues that can lead to weight gain include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as well as estrogen and progesterone imbalances.
Another big contributing factor of weight gain is insulin resistance. It causes increased hunger, high blood sugar levels, and an increase in fat storage. Insulin resistance can lead to many other health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases. Insulin resistance is also linked to many hormonal conditions as well, so it’s very important to make sure that your body is responding to insulin properly, or else a whole host of issues could be on the horizon.
When there is an underlying issue that is heavily contributing to the weight gain you are experiencing, it also makes it much harder to lose the weight, and keep it off, unless the underlying condition is being treated or managed. Understanding what’s happening inside your body can be a big factor in helping you on your weight loss journey.
What To Do If You Suspect an Underlying Health Issue
If you suspect an underlying health issue, the first step is to book an appointment with your doctor. Then, you and your doctor can talk about your concerns and discuss any symptoms you may have. The next step is to get any necessary testing done to determine whether or not you do in fact have a health condition that needs to be addressed. Together, with your doctor or trained health practitioner, you can begin to work on a targeted approach that can help resolve the underlying issue.
Will G-Plans Still Help Me If I Have an Underlying Health Condition?
Yes, diet will always be key. Even if you are working on fixing your underlying condition with your doctor, you probably won’t get the results you’re truly hoping for without focusing on your diet and making healthier choices around your food intake. But knowledge is power, so the more you know and understand about what is happening within your body, the more it will help you understand what you need to focus on to see results with weight loss.