When you’re planning to lose weight you need to carefully evaluate your life choices and figure out what caused you to gain weight in the first place. Was it unhealthy eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, or perhaps factors that were out of your control? Some medical problems can cause weight gain and until you take care of those, you won’t be able to complete a successful weight loss program.
You suffer from depression
More and more people suffer from depression nowadays and some aren’t even aware of it and do not seek medical help. Those who have been diagnosed with the illness and are taking medication to cure it or keep it under control may find themselves gaining a few pounds. That’s because some anti-depressant medications cause weight gain so it is expected to see a raise in weight between 5 and 15 pounds, with a continuous gradual accumulation over the years. People who are not treating their depression with pills are still susceptible to add on a few pounds, as there have been studies correlating depression to weight gain. When feeling sad and lonely some people tend to find refuge in comfort foods, which are generally high-calorie and high-fats foods. Thus, they gain weight more quickly than those who mention having fewer depression-related symptoms.
Not getting enough nutrients
Vitamin D, magnesium, or iron deficiencies can seriously compromise your immune system, lower your energy levels, or modify your metabolism in such a manner that makes it more difficult to take healthy-lifestyle steps. For instance, you may feel the need to compensate for low energy levels with caffeine, sweets, and white carbs, or find yourself too run down or weak to exercise. If you plan on taking supplements, you need to be careful when it comes to vitamin D, because if you take too much, you risk developing kidney stones. That is why it’s advisable that you have your blood tested every three months, this way your doctor can adjust the correct dose for you.
It’s something you simply can’t avoid: your metabolism does slow down with aging, you don’t burn as many calories at 50 as you burned at 20. In order to keep your metabolism going, you’ll need to exercise more and eat less food. There are studies out there showing that in some cases exercise and constant work-outs are more effective than diets when it comes to long term weight loss and maintenance.