6 Conditions That Make Weight Loss Harder

How to lose weight when you have a health condition that hinders weight loss

If you’re eating well and working out regularly but you’re still not losing weight, there may be an underlying medical condition that is making it harder for you to lose weight.

Conditions that make weight loss harder

These 6 health conditions can make weight loss harder, but with some natural therapies and nutritional support, it is still possible to lose weight.

1. Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is underactive.

The thyroid is responsible for regulating body temperature and metabolism, so having an underactive thyroid will slow down your metabolism, making it much harder to lose weight. 

Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism include feeling cold all the time, dry skin, constipation and difficulty losing weight.

With the right nutrients and herbal support for the thyroid, it’s possible to bring your thyroid function back to normal.

Related Article 5 Best Supplements for Hypothyroidism

2. Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the cells can’t use insulin effectively, leading to high blood sugar.

Type 2 diabetes needs to be managed closely so it doesn’t progress to further complications like damage to the kidneys, eyes and nerves.

A diet low in carbohydrates is effective for people with type 2 diabetes to lose weight and maintain good health.

There are also some very effective natural supplements for balancing the blood sugar and reducing insulin resistance.

Related Article 5 Supplements for Managing Type 2 Diabetes Naturally

3. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a condition involving high levels of androgens (male hormones) and high insulin, along with insulin resistance.

PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder among women of childbearing age and it’s a common cause of infertility.

Common symptoms of PCOS include irregular periods, acne, thinning hair on the scalp and hair growth on the face and chest.

PCOS sufferers usually have insulin resistance, so a low carbohydrate diet can be beneficial for managing the symptoms of PCOS and losing weight.

Related Article 5 Natural Treatments for PCOS

4. Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that involves difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep.

When you’re sleep deprived your body makes more of the hormone ghrelin that increases hunger and less of the hormone leptin that tells your body it is full, which leads to overeating.

Lack of sleep also causes higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol that can increase hunger and lead to fat storage around the abdominal area.[1]

Related Article 5 Natural Treatments for Insomnia

Insomnia

5. Chronic stress

Chronic stress is condition where your stress hormones are elevated for a long period of time.

Chronic stress can lead to adrenal fatigue and burnout.

When you’re constantly stressed, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which makes your body more likely to store fat, especially around the abdominal area.

Herbal medicine is very effective for reducing cortisol production and calming the nervous system.

Related Article 5 Best Herbs for Adrenal Fatigue

Stress

6. Menopause

The hormonal fluctuations that occur around the time of menopause, along with the night sweats and hot flashes that interrupt sleep can make weight loss more difficult.

Herbal medicine can help to balance the hormones and reduce hot flashes and night sweats.

Related Article 7 Herbs for Menopause & Hot Flashes

If you have one of these health conditions, please be assured that it is still possible to lose weight; your body will just need some extra support.

Has a health condition impacted your ability to lose weight? Let me know in the comments below.

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Conditions that make weight loss harder

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. What a great list of health conditions that impact weight loss. I knew of some of these conditions but not the others.

  2. Losing weight is usually hard enough for most people without having to contend with underlying health issues that frustrate your efforts. Love how well you have identified and addressed these with practical suggestions. This really helps those of us that have 1 or more of these conditions and are not sure how this impacts our weight loss and what to do about it from there.

  3. This is a great article on the underlying health issues that could be inhibiting someone from losing weight. I know that stress is a huge one for me and it is so difficult for me to manage my weight when I have a lot of stress on my plate!

  4. I think stress is a detriment to a lot of health goals unfortunately! My dad is pre-diabetes and has found it hard to lose weight without really watching his diet strictly. The good news is he is very diligent and has been committed to his health, so he has been able to stay healthy! 🙂

  5. This was really good. My biggest things is chronic stress and I’m sure adrenal fatigue. I also don’t sleep well and I had no idea that could make it harder to lose weight. I am working on a series about what stress can do to your body and I learned a couple of new things here. Great post!

  6. This is super informative. However, I have one question – in case of PCOS, are there some foods that should be avoided which interrupt the process of weight loss?

    1. Hi Sushmita, for weight loss with PCOS it’s best to avoid highly processed carbohydrates including white bread, pasta, crackers etc. to keep blood sugar levels stable and reduce insulin resistance.

  7. Informative post considering I am a diabetic. Yes it was a problem till very recently. Now with continuous brisk walk it has helped.

  8. Great post! Especially because there may be lots of people that aren’t aware that their health issues may be inhibiting their weight loss! This is very good for everybody to do a health check up!

  9. I was told that my hormonal birth control makes it harder for me to lose weight. I think what matters is that I stay active and try not to get discouraged. Right now health is more of a concern of mine than weight

  10. I’ll second the menopause weight gain. Good grief what a pain. I eat like a champ, work out like crazy and that damn 20 lbs won’t budge. I’m not giving up…keep trying new things till I hit that balance!

  11. At one time I almost misdiagnosed myself and told myself I had hyperthyroidism and I am so glad I don’t have it. Great info and many of these conditions are curable so there is hope!

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