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.


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.

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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

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


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]

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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.

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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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Health conditions that make weight loss harder

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a qualified Nutritionist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner. I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. I created this blog to share my knowledge and inspire women who are looking for natural health solutions. Read more

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