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9 Reasons Why Women Struggle To Lose Weight

by: Stefan Simonovic


There comes a time in every woman’s life when weight becomes an issue, but more often than not, losing those extra pounds is such a headache that it can turn a happy-go-lucky girl into a whining and miserable shrew. There are various reasons why this is so, and today we outline the top 9 in the hopes of making life a little easier for all those ladies sick of BBW dating, plus-size stores, and stick figures who seem to have it all.

#1: Healthy Appetite

If you have a good appetite, it’s not fun to watch your portion sizes or what you eat. On the other hand, balance is key to healthy living no matter which sphere of life you focus on.

#2: Your Medication Is To Blame

Lots of women are on various sorts of medications for anything from migraines, painful joints and vitamin deficiencies to more serious conditions, such as diabetes or neurological problems. Almost all medications have some side effects, and for women those usually include weight gain.

#3: Not Enough Exercise

Regular exercise requires good health and enough time when we feel fresh enough to give it our best or at least our 60-70 percent, and most of us don't have that luxury. As so many women face various sorts of health problems that prevent them from exercising, coupled with a lack of time and energy, the result is simply physical inactivity despite all of our good will to be as active as possible.

#4: Skipping Meals

Steady, speedy and healthy weight loss requires discipline not only about what is consumed, but when. Three meals a day are mandatory for anyone wishing to be at their optimal weight, and one thing that kills most diets and weight loss attempts is inadequate or missed breakfast.

#5: Drinking Alcohol

Although from a medical point of view, there is nothing wrong with drinking moderate amounts of alcohol every once in a while, when trying to lose weight, alcohol can result in calorie 'overdose' and sabotage all the hard work put into dieting.

#6: Not Enough Sleep

The reason why not getting enough sleep prevents weight loss is twofold. First, you can’t eat when you’re sleeping, right? And second, sleep deprivation leads to increased cortisol production. Cortisol is a stress hormone that not only 'begs' for comfort food, but recent studies have shown that it also increases appetite.

#7: Thyroid Problems

Women of all ages face thyroid gland problems that affect their weight. Although this is treated with medication, so many women still can't seem to shed off those pounds they put on before their thyroid was placed under control.

#8: Stress Is The Enemy

Like we said before, when you’re under stress your body produces higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that affects appetite. Even if you don’t feel particularly hungry, stress often leads to mindless snacking, especially in the evening and at night.

#9: Not Eating Enough

Sounds nuts, but many women can’t lose weight not because they’re eating too much, but because they’re just not eating enough. When a woman consumes less than 1,200 calories a day, her body goes into starvation mode, which slows the metabolism, and takes that much longer to burn each calorie.

About the author:

Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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