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Why can’t I lose weight?

By Gordon Cohen MD PhD FACS, Chief Medical Officer at PRO Sports Club

SPONSORED — Many people wonder why they cannot lose weight. Losing weight is not just about the number of calories you consume. Recent research showed that many things affect your ability to lose weight. For example, changing your job or where you live can affect your ability to lose weight.

We have this almost primitive notion that if we are going to lose weight, it is just a direct mathematical calculation between the number of calories that we consume and the number of calories that we burn and that those two factors are the only thing that affect weight loss. It can actually be more complicated than that. There are so many other things that can affect how we utilize calories in our body and many different things can affect weight loss.

The Journal of American Medical Association, just published some interesting research. The study showed that it did not really matter if people were on a low-fat diet, or a low carbohydrate diet. It showed that after twelve months you had similar success losing weight on both types of diets. People can get caught up thinking they have to be on a low carb diet or on a low-fat diet. The right way to lose weight is on a balanced diet because a well-balanced diet is sustainable. You want to eat an appropriate amount of fat, protein and carbohydrate.

What the study in the Journal of American Medicine found was that the actual type of diet didn’t matter, but that there were other factors that played a role in successful weight loss.

For example, our genetics can affect our appetite and how we metabolize different foods like sugar and protein. The amount of exercise you get plays a role. Our age can affect our ability to lose weight. It is easier to lose weight when we are younger and it is more difficult when we are older. Sleep is a super important factor when you are trying to lose weight. If you get an inadequate amount of sleep, you can actually gain weight or lose weight at a slower rate.

The stress that we have in our life can impact our weight tremendously. Stress causes stress hormones to be released. They are only supposed to be released during frightening circumstances as part of the fight or flight response. When we have a lot of stress in our daily lives, these stress hormones are released all the time and those can directly cause us to gain weight.

The environment we live in can also affect our weight. The amount of sunlight that we get can affect our weight. The type of job you have can affect your weight. If you have a sedentary job, or if you sit at a desk, and you spend most of your day there, you will burn less calories than if you are up walking around in some sort of a manual labor job. Therefore, the number of steps that you take over the course of the day actually closely correlates with weight loss as well.

The key thing to losing weight, and then keeping it off, is actually making lifestyle change. When making lifestyle changes, it’s beneficial to have a team working with you to give you all the tools you need for success.

At PRO Sports Club, the 20/20 Lifestyles program is built on extensive clinical expertise that blends together education, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle coaching, and medical supervision. This unique medically-based program uses sound science to help you lose weight, keep it off, and get your health back in balance which can have a significant impact on your everyday life.

For more information on 20/20 Lifestyles or other programs at PRO Sports Club, visit PROClub.com or 20/20 Lifestyles.com.

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