6 Reasons Women Can’t Lose Weight (And How to Fix It)

Don’t Worry, You Can Beat the Battle of the Bulge

French fries won't help your weight loss

It seems that no matter how hard we try, sometimes it feels impossible to lose weight. That said, there are some surprisingly simple ways to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Here are some of the main reasons women can’t lose weight and some real-life solutions that can actually make a difference to successfully fight the fat.

Eating What’s Most ConvenientFrench fries won't help your weight lossPROBLEM: You’re busy, you’re tired and don’t have time to count calories, weigh food on a scale or keep track in a food journal.

SOLUTION: Get rid of the junk food at home, in your office and that little stash in your car. Instead of snacking on cookies, chips or other fast (and processed) food, reach for real food like veggies with hummus or a handful of nuts — even if it’s a trail mix with a few dark chocolate chips, it’s better than eating a candy bar!

Not Enough Exercise
Get moving at least 20 minutes a day
PROBLEM: You already know how important exercise is, but you’re sooo damn tired and you have zero energy to work out, right?

SOLUTION: Most experts recommend moving for at least 20 minutes each day, so you’re going to have to wake up earlier to allow yourself that extra time or force yourself to go for a walk after a meal or during your lunch break. And if you can’t do it all at once that’s OK — every little bit helps and it all adds up!

Skipping Breakfast
Avocado for breakfast is a good idea
PROBLEM: You have a million things to do in the morning and by the time you’re finished getting yourself, the kids, your man and your dog ready, you have no time to think about eating!

SOLUTION: Plan ahead the night before to make sure you have something easy to eat before you rush out the door. Avocado with tomato and a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon is a great start to the day. Or, if you don’t like savory, try steel-cut or old-fashioned oatmeal with some fresh berries and almonds or walnuts. Just don’t do instant oatmeal–yes, it’s quick but it’s almost guaranteed to be loaded with sugar and that will make you crash before you even get to lunchtime.

Drinking alcohol too often is not good for weight loss
PROBLEM: Even if you’re a moderate drinker (one glass of wine a day), it might be one too many. Alcohol has calories and sugar–two things that quickly add up to bloat. Also, alcohol is dehydrating, so chances are if you’re boozing it up, you’re not downing enough water.

SOLUTION: Stay hydrated throughout the day and get a little creative so you don’t get bored. Squeeze a wedge of lemon or lime in your H20 or keep a pitcher of fruit-infused water in your fridge that you can pour into your reusable water bottle. Watermelon, cucumber, orange and lemon are all good options. Plus, it looks pretty and it’ll make you feel like you’re at the spa.

Not Enough Sleep
Get enough sleep for weight loss
PROBLEM: Aside from creating bags under your eyes, giving you major brain fog and making you irritable, lack of sleep also elevates levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that also stimulates your appetite. If you have stubborn weight that you just can’t lose, not getting enough zzz’s might be the culprit.

SOLUTION: Make sure you’re getting 6-8 hours every night, even if that means turning off your phone or not watching your favorite late-night programs (that’s what DVRs and ‘on demand’ are for). The blue light emanating from your TV and phone stimulates your brain, so turn off your devices before bedtime and read a book or magazine instead.

Thyroid Issues     
Thyroid and weight lossPROBLEM: This is an issue that requires a doctor’s help. Thyroid is the gland in your neck that controls your hormones, metabolism and so many other necessary functions. Many women suffer from hypothyroidism (Oprah Winfrey and Wendy Williams have publicly shared their struggle), which can lead to chronic issues like Hashimoto’s Disease and others.

SOLUTION: Make an appointment to get your blood work done. It’s a simple test and won’t cost a lot of money even if you don’t health insurance. You can’t put a price tag on good health, so take care of yourself!

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Written by Mar Yvette

Mar Yvette is an on-air host, lifestyle expert, writer and editor with 10+ years of experience working with some of the world’s most recognized media companies.