Overweight Problems

Overweight problems? When the diets and exercise just aren't working, it may be time to check for an underlying reason for your excess weight.

Perhaps you have tried every diet, every exercise video, every prescription drug and every herbal supplement. Maybe you've even tried hypnotherapy, yoga, visualization and praying to the powers that be, but you just can't get rid of that extra weight, no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try. You sit by jealously watching sickeningly thin people stuffing their faces with various scrumptious foods that make you gain ten pounds just by getting a good whiff of them. While a healthy diet and good exercise regimens are important for everyone's health, sometimes they just don't do the job when it comes to losing weight. The frustration that comes from not being able to lose weight often causes us to throw our hands up in the air and pig out. After all, why should you suffer when it's not working anyway?

There are many reasons for being overweight that sometimes have nothing whatsoever to do with the food you eat or the amount you exercise. Some people are genetically predisposed to extra weight and some of our bodies are just not made to be small. Often, we may think of ourselves as overweight when we are at a perfectly healthy weight for our height and age. Just because we don't fit into the super model image, we think we are overweight. Check your weight against a weight chart and see what your average weight should be. Most people fall normally between ten percent above or below their average weight and this is perfectly normal. If you fall within this normal range, you shouldn't stress yourself out over the perfect image, continue to eat properly and exercise and just know that you are a healthy weight for you. If you do fall more than ten percent above the average weight for your height, gender and age, and have been practicing proper nutrition and adequate exercise, then it's time to consider the possibility that there could be another cause for your extra weight.

Your first step to investigating your weight should always be with your family doctor. A thorough check up including blood tests should be performed to determine if there is any medical condition which could be causing your weight gain. A consultation with a doctor is also recommended before any diet or exercise regimen and your doctor may even be able to help you construct those according to your individual life style and general health. There are many medical conditions which can cause excess weight and you should rule them out. Hypothyroidism is one condition which causes weight gain. Hypothyroidism or, under-active thyroid, causes a decrease in the amount of hormones your thyroid produces. The hormones of your thyroid are what regulates your metabolism. Hyperthyroidism is caused when your thyroid produces an excess of hormones which causes your metabolism to increase, hypothyroidism causes a decrease in these hormones, causing your metabolism to slow down and weight gain to occur. There are many other medical conditions which can cause weight gain such as, PCOS, Endometriosis, Duodenal Ulcers, human parasites, kidney and liver failure, Congestive Heart Failure and countless others. Be sure you get a clean bill of health, your excess weight could have an underlying cause that no amount of diet and exercise can remedy.

Another cause for extra weight can be found right in your medicine cabinet. Many prescription drugs that are prescribed for medical conditions can cause weight gain. Some of the largest culprits in prescription drug weight gain are anti-psychotic drugs. Many people who are prescribed these drugs often discontinue their use due to the weight gain. Some anti-psychotic drugs that cause weight gain include, lithium, valproic acid, chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, and haloperidol. Even if you have stopped taking these drugs, the weight that was gained during their use can be very hard to take off, so they are particularly troublesome if you are struggling with excess weight. Some other common medications which cause weight gain include Depo-Provera, a birth control drug and corticosteroids. Corticosteroids include any anti-inflammatory drugs which decrease joint swelling and slow joint damage. These types of drugs are often prescribed after injuries or for arthritis. Certain drugs prescribed for the treatment of ulcers and heartburn can also cause weight gain. These are of particular concern because they are usually drugs that are taken daily. Again, any extra weight which is gained because of a medication can be very difficult to get off, so if you have taken a medication that causes weight gain, even in the past, the weight could still be with you.

While you can't expect to lose weight without proper diet and exercise, it can be quite frustrating when it seems like nothing you do helps you lose the weight. Sometimes during the course of weight loss, we hit what is called the "Ëśwall', where it seems as though we can't lose any more weight. This wall is only temporary however, and if you stick to your program, you will eventually get over the wall. Try and stick to exercises that are longer in duration rather than those that are higher in intensity. A one hour walk is always better than a 20 minute sprint. Consulting with your doctor and keeping sure that you are in good health are the most important steps in trying to lose the weight. Try to keep your goals reasonable and make sure there is no underlying cause for your extra weight and leave the celery sticks and cabbage soup to the rabbits!

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