“I’m not
losing any weight!” my friend whined to me the other day. Then, pinching that little bulge on her side she added,
“And my love handles aren’t coming off.”

My friend and
I are not alone in our “pesky love handle” problems if you’re wondering what
love handles are, they’re the fatty humps in our midsection. Millions of women
across the world face the same dilemma. You religiously followed your exercise
routines every single day. You watch what you eat. But then, you just can’t
seem to shed off those unwanted pounds and get rid of those bumps.

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I learned on
my journey to overcome my weight difficulties that sometimes, it’s not YOU
who’s at fault why you’re not dropping those extra pounds. There may be other
reasons why you’re not losing weight. Below are 6 of these surprising weight
loss hitches.

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1. You may have a physical illness
that you don’t know.

Not losing
weight even when you’ve done everything could be your body telling you that you
have a physical illness that you don’t know. Hypothyroidism low thyroid
hormone production and Cushing Syndrome tumor in your pituitary gland are
just some of the maladies that cause their sufferers to gain weight. More specifically,
a person who has Cushing’s has a fuller-looking face and a bulging midsection
but thin arms and legs.

2. You are dehydrated.

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Not drinking
water enough for your body’s needs may be the culprit why you’re not shedding your
extra pounds despite the efforts you’ve exerted. According to experts, water…

–      
Helps
in giving that feeling of fullness after every meal,

–      
Maintains
the temperature of our body, and

–      
Gives
us energy.

On the other
hand, not drinking enough water results in weight gain because…

–      
Our
body compensates for the lack of bodily fluids by subconsciously telling us to
eat more food, and

–      
Our
body will conserve water to keep itself going resulting in water retention and
water retention means an added number on the weighing scale.

And since
we’re on the subject of water, one weight watcher advised me to drink two cups
of water before every meal as this helps hasten the weight loss process.

3. You’re overindulging on healthy
foods.

Just because
you’re getting your fill from healthy foods doesn’t mean you can overeat.
Nutritious food fares like oatmeal, avocados, natural nuts and nut-based butter
can still be very fattening when eaten in excess.

4. You’re scrimping on your sleep.

A good
night’s sleep and weight loss work hand in hand, according to bestselling
author Tom Rath in his book Eat Move
Sleep. Getting enough sleep at night makes it easier for you to shed off
the extra pounds. On the other hand, your sleep troubles – like insomnia –
lessen significantly when you lose weight.

5. You’re feeling the blues.

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If you’re
suffering from depression and are taking anti-depressants, your medication may
be the reason why it’s hard for you to lose weight and are gaining more
instead!

“Expect to
see a 5 to 15-pound addition on your weight after a year of taking
anti-depressants. And the number could pile up over the years,” says one
psychiatrist.

Moreover, if
you’re depressed but not taking pills, your blues
may cause you to unconsciously reach for fattening comfort foods or cut
back on physical activities which results in the same thing – weight gain.

6. You are getting older.

Your body
starts to lose muscle mass when you reach 30 and onwards. This results in a
slower metabolic rate.

“Once our
body’s metabolism slows down, we gain weight. This is most true if we continue
to consume as much food as when we were younger,” says one diet expert.

I’m in my
early 30s and I’ve long accepted to myself that I can never contend with my
age. But having a healthy lifestyle is more than just losing weight for me. I
want to be healthy and live to enjoy life longer. And if I lose these extra
pounds and love handles on the way…well, awesome!

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