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Why Can't I Lose Weight with Diet and Exercise Alone?

Dec 01, 2023
Why Can't I Lose Weight with Diet and Exercise Alone?
If you’ve been trying to lose weight by changing your diet and working out, but you’re not seeing results, you may need to try something new. Read on for a few tips!

You’ve just about had it.

You’ve poured your heart and soul into losing weight with yet another diet and exercise plan. You’re excited to see the results when you hop on the scale this week, but as soon as the number shows up, your heart sinks. You still aren’t seeing results.

Diet and exercise alone aren’t getting the job done — and the question is, why?

Here at Voss Family Clinic, we understand that being overweight or obese is a complicated situation that can include multiple body systems. You’re not failing to lose weight because you aren’t trying hard enough. There may be factors at play you haven’t considered yet.

Let’s take a look at a few.

Everyone is different

All humans are designed in a similar manner, but we’re all unique too. Our metabolic rates may vary widely, so a diet that works wonders for others may not work as well for you. While that may be discouraging, it just means there’s another solution that better fits your situation. 

Genetic factors, hormones, and age can all play a role as well. 

You may need more time

Weight loss is a long game. Although we expect quick results with just about everything these days, sustainable weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. The tortoise and the hare became a parable for a reason; when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady beats quick and sudden because it lasts.

Your hormones may need to be leveled out

Hormones play a major role in regulating your weight. If yours are imbalanced, you may not lose weight no matter how much you diet and exercise. 

Conditions such as hypothyroidism or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can make losing weight next to impossible because they disrupt your hormonal balance. Getting them checked and addressing any imbalances may be the missing piece to your weight loss puzzle.

External factors

Weight loss can also be affected by other factors besides physical issues. If you’re stressed, anxious, depressed, or not getting quality sleep, your weight loss will be a tough battle. 

Addressing your entire well-being — including your mental health, stress management, and sleep hygiene — will go a long way towards increasing your weight loss.

Change your lifestyle, not just your diet and exercise

Weight loss that lasts means making permanent changes to your lifestyle, not just eating a few different things and working out a few times. You need help to build a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that includes diet and exercise as just two pieces of a holistic strategy.

If you’re ready to take the first step toward permanently losing that extra weight you’ve been carrying around, our team at Voss Family Clinic offers a weight management program that has proven to be effective. We’ll review your medical history, complete a physical exam, and order blood tests to check for hormone imbalances or other conditions that might hinder your weight loss.

We offer weight loss injections as part of the program, which are intended to complement (not replace) your diet and exercise routine. We often recommend semaglutide products (such as Ozempic®) to expedite your weight loss. Ozempic works by slowing your digestion, helping you feel full longer, so you want to eat less.

Just call our Sugar Land, Texas office at 281-918-8759 or use our convenient online scheduler to book a consultation today!