Other hormonal changes occur as we age. As men and women age, decreased hormone levels such as growth hormone, testosterone, and in women, estrogen and progesterone, lead to weight gain that is very difficult to shed.
The trick to real weight loss when a hormone imbalance is the cause is to minimize your “fat-storing” hormones and boost the levels of your "fat-burning" hormones.
Weight Gain Factor #6
Does obesity run in your family?
If so, realize one thing... Just because you may have a genetic predisposition to BEING Overweight doesn’t mean you have to BE overweight.
You may be genetically resistant to Leptin, a hormone that controls appetite and fat storage, or you could inherit a susceptibility to medical conditions that can lead to obesity.
More than likely you’ve just inherited some bad lifestyle habits (like a high-carbohydrate diet and lack of exercise). And that’s good news since you can change your habits, not your genes!
Weight Gain Factor #7
Not Enough or the Wrong Type of Exercise
Are you tired of not getting the results you want with your exercise program? Well the problem might not be you, but actually your exercise program.
Without a doubt, regular exercise is important in any weight loss program. In fact, it’s almost impossible to lose weight or even maintain your current weight (not to mention current health in general) without physical activity.
As far as duration is concerned, although any amount of activity is better than none, it’s best to start slow and work up to 30-60 minutes of activity a day (at least 3 days per week dedicated to cardiovascular work), at increasing levels of intensity. I have found that this strategy mobilizes fat better than other workout strategies!
With regards to which type of exercise is best, the key is creating a program that’s right for your body type.
Weight Gain Factor #8
Lack of Proper Monitoring of Your Weight Loss and Exercise Programs
Neglecting to track and monitor daily food intake is one of the main reasons most people cannot lose weight and keep it off, no matter what program they follow?
This fact was proven in a landmark research study carried out by Kaiser Permanente.
In this year-long study on weight loss, 2,037 overweight people were enrolled in a weight loss program. They were advised to eat just 500 fewer calories a day and exercise for 30 minutes.
However, some of the volunteers were also given instructions to count calories, either once a week, 2-3 days a week, 3-4 days a week, or 5 days a week, while another group of volunteers were not instructed to keep track of their food intake at all.