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Why Is Your Weight Loss Slow?

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Losing weight might seem like a simple mathematical equation - burn as many, or more, calories as you eat and then the pounds will magically disappear. However, in reality, weight loss is complicated. The idea of pounds melting away instantly or going this journey alone isn't always reasonable.
If you're stuck, then medical weight loss can help you meet your healthy body goals. However, before you start down this road, understanding some of the common reasons for weight gain (and the inability to lose the weight) can help you move forward. If your weight loss plan has stalled, then take a look at some of the most common explanations why.

Metabolic Rate

There isn't a number of calories that works for every weight loss patient. The delicate balance between your metabolic rate (the rate at which your body converts calories from food and beverages into energy) and your diet influences how much and how quickly you lose weight.
Metabolism depends on several different factors. These include your body itself (size and muscle vs. fat composition), your sex, and your age. Other factors, such as how much physical activity you get on a regular basis, also affect your metabolic rate.
In some cases, there's a medical metabolic cause for excessive weight gain and the inability to shed pounds easily. However, there's a difference between a condition, such as hypothyroidism, and what just seems like a slow metabolism.
If you don't have a diagnosed disease that's impacting your metabolic rate, then you might need to adjust your calorie intake and energy expenditure (in the form of exercise or activity) to get to your goal weight.
This is where a medical professional should enter into the weight loss equation. A weight loss expert can help you to better understand your metabolism and what energy needs you have. Simply using a general caloric intake or exercise routine probably won't help you to achieve your weight loss goal.

Portion Control

Moderation is key when it comes to weight loss. One salad is healthy. However, a super-sized bowl of salad smothered with dressing isn't a realistic portion if you want to lose weight.
It's easy to misjudge what a portion really is. If you aren't sure how much food is enough, too much, or just right for you and your body, then a medical or nutritional professional can help you to identify healthy quantities of food for each meal.

Wrong Advice

While friends and family can provide the mental and emotional support you need right now, they aren't always the best people to give you diet tips. If you've been making changes based on what a friend or family member says and it's not working, then you may need help from someone who knows what they're doing.
A medical doctor, dietician, or other weight loss clinician is the professional who can help you take the next step. The expert can evaluate your situation, make recommendations, and give you advice based on your experience.

Unrealistic Goals

It's possible that you are losing weight, but you just don't think you are. A weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of your starting weight improves your overall health, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Even though losing 10 pounds sounds easy, if you expect it to happen within days, then you're probably in for a letdown.
Set realistic weight loss goals that take into account your current weight, your target weight, and your lifestyle. Always remember, weight loss is a gradual process. Avoid goals that include losing mass amounts of weight in very short time periods. If you aren't sure what goals to set, then a professional can help.
Do you need help losing weight? Contact Macomb Medical Clinic P.C. for more information.