by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
- What is weight loss resistance?
- How to heal weight loss resistance
As a culture, we believe that if you simply stop eating so much and just get more exercise, you can always lose weight. Personal trainers, nutritionists, and even well-intentioned healthcare practitioners relay this message to women every day. Yet there are still women out there who can’t lose weight. Are they lying about what they eat and about how much they exercise? I don’t think so — because I was one of these women.
When I was 19, I joined Weight Watchers and drove myself crazy weighing and measuring every morsel of food I put in my body. I never missed a workout, never cheated with food, and every time I got on the scale, I’d find I only lost a mere half-pound or even gained. I know that Weight Watchers works well for some people, but it didn’t work for me. And now I know it was because I had something called weight loss resistance.
I talk to women every day who spend hours at the gym, who starve themselves regularly, and just can’t figure out why they aren’t losing weight. Weight loss resistance is extremely frustrating, and often isolating. If this sounds like you, the first thing I want to say is I believe that you are not a closet eater and that you are doing everything you can. The reality is, there may be a metabolic imbalance blocking you from weight loss, and once you resolve it, the weight will melt away, stay away, and allow you to maintain a healthy weight.
What is weight loss resistance?
Weight loss resistance arises when a woman develops or has a preexisting metabolic imbalance that makes losing weight and maintaining healthy weight extremely challenging, despite her best efforts to eat less and exercise more.
Could weight-gain be in your genes?
New research in genetics is helping us to understand that genes cause some to metabolize fat differently than others. This means that certain kinds of food and exercise may be better for some than others.
While some women may lose weight on a lower-fat diet, others may benefit from a more Mediterranean-style diet. While some women lose more weight with endurance-style exercise, others may do better with strength training. In other words, we’re all different!
The good news is that there are always dietary and lifestyle measures that can powerfully influence your genetic propensity, but if you would like to explore your genetic profile in more depth, we offer testing through our clinic.