Healthy Weight Loss Program was Unsuccessful?

If you’ve answered “yes” that your healthy weight loss program was unsuccessful; then don’t get discouraged. There may be underlying medical reasons why diets for some individuals just don’t work. Individuals that have never had a weight problem tend to believe that if one doesn’t eat too much and exercises that anyone can be a size 2.

While some people can just read a book and lose weight easily like the lady did in the video. However for those individuals that have attempted to watch what you eat only to continually gain weight realize that it entails a heck of a lot more than just eating right and exercising and reading. Nonetheless prior to revealing some reasons why one might be gaining weight; let’s take a look at 5 things you must be doing in order to lose weight.

Under normal circumstances everyone should be able to lose weight with the right balance of calorie intake and exercise. If you are eating a healthy diet and exercising then theoretically one should be maintaining a normal weight and or losing weight with a decrease of caloric intake. If this is not working for you then you should first detect if there are dietary flaws in your weight loss program. If an individual wants to lose weight then one must be adhering to the 5 steps below...

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Weighing portions properlyFruit only for breakfast - too sugaryStarving after a sugary breakfast- will lead to a big lunchHearty breakfast with protein & fiberHealthy lunch after a healthy breakfast
Weighing portions properly
Weighing portions properly
Fruit only for breakfast - too sugary
Fruit only for breakfast - too sugary
Starving after a sugary breakfast- will lead to a big lunch
Starving after a sugary breakfast- will lead to a big lunch
Hearty breakfast with protein & fiber
Hearty breakfast with protein & fiber
Healthy lunch after a healthy breakfast
Healthy lunch after a healthy breakfast

5 Steps that Assist in Weight Loss

  • Pay Attention and adhere to Portion Sizes – A deck of cards is a perfect visual tool when other measuring utensils are unable. The size of a deck of cards equates to a 3 ounce portion of meat or a ½ cup portion of carbohydrates. Portion sizes are important if you are eating just an extra 200 calories a day then that adds up to 1400 calories a week.
  • Eat Breakfast every Morning – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you do not eat after fasting for more than 8 to 10 hours after your evening meal then the metabolism will begin to slow down dramatically in order to preserve itself. Break this fast by eating a wholesome breakfast in the morning rather than waiting and eating a huge lunch.
  • Do Not Drink High Calorie Coffee Drinks - Here lies hidden calories that some individuals may not realize how these delicious drinks are adding calories. For example a grande mocha latte with nonfat milk and no whipped cream still contains about 290 calories; so choose what you put in your coffee wisely.
  • Avoid Food Cravings that Can Result in a Calorie Creep - Just as eating breakfast is important so is consumption of the right types of foods. At breakfast one’s metabolism is in starvation mode, if the foods eaten at this time consist of only simple sugars or fast converting carbohydrates; then you will get a quick spike in your energy level. However, by lunch you will be starving and wanting to eat way more than you should; therefore breakfast should consist of high fiber and protein.
  • Calories Burned during Workouts Correctly - Exercise with a reduced calorie diet should equal weight loss. Exercising six to seven days with workouts in the target heart rate zone for 30 to 45 minutes will cause one to lose weight.

Adhering to all of the above steps should put one on the road to weight loss success. However, if you are truly abiding by the rules outlined above and you still find that you healthy weight loss program was unsuccessful then let’s take it a step further. As stated earlier there are medical reasons that can cause you to gain weight and or not be able to lose weight.

Possible Medical Issues

Possible medical issues might be hindering your weight loss plan. Let’s first take a look at some medical reasons your healthy weight loss program was unsuccessful.  The first two of these medical reasons were revealed in the quiz segment of Dr. Oz’s show and was titled, “The Secret Reasons You Can’t Lose a Pound.”

Islets of Langerhans – are clusters of cells located in the pancreas that makes about 1 to 2 percent of the mass of the pancreas. These cells are divided into two types, beta cells and alpha cells that release hormones insulin in the blood stream that is needed to metabolize glucose and regulates blood sugar. When glucose levels in the bloodstream rise after eating the pancreatic beta cells secret insulin; problems with these beta cells can cause you to gain weight.

Zona Fasciculata – are constituent cells organized into bundles or fascicles that located in the middle part of the adrenal cortex that is directly under the zona glomerulosa. The zona fasciculate produces cortisol (glucocorticoids) which regulates the metabolism of glucose during times of stress. Cushing's syndrome is one condition that results when the adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) produce an excess amount of a steroid hormone called cortisol. This leads to a build-up of fat in characteristic sites such as the face, upper back, and abdomen. And one of the symptoms to this hormonal disorder is weight gain.

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ThyroidAdaptive Thermogenesis
Thyroid
Thyroid
Adaptive Thermogenesis
Adaptive Thermogenesis

Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) - This is a condition where the thyroid gland, located in the neck, produces too little thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormone regulates our metabolism; so too little hormone slows the metabolism and often causes weight gain.  Your physician  should perform blood tests to check your hormone levels in order to rule out the thyroid as a possible reason for weight gain.

Adaptive Thermogenesis – deals with the regulation of the production of heat in response to environmental changes in temperature and diet which can result in a metabolic inefficiency and can be the cause of unsuccessful weight loss as well.  I have a friend that was told by a weight loss doctor that her adaptive thermogenesis was set so high that she could probably survive a long time on just water alone.  Needless to say, weight loss is always a struggle for her because she and her doctor is consistently looking for ways to “trick her body” to lose weight.  Too bad this problem went undiscovered for years while she consistently participated in yo-yo dieting and failure.   

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Female hormonesMale hormones included Weight gain maybe due to low testosterone levels
Female hormones
Female hormones
Male hormones included
Male hormones included
Weight gain maybe due to low testosterone levels
Weight gain maybe due to low testosterone levels

Hormonal Havoc - can occur in anyone at any age. Usually one automatically thinks of menopause when one reads about hormonal havoc. However this can occur within young women as well. If you are a teenage girl or a young woman be sure to read about Polycstic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which is a hormone imbalance that causes irregular periods, and can cause weight gain and/or trouble losing weight.

It has also been found that women begin to gain about a pound a year during perimenopause years and may find themselves with an extra 10 to 15 pounds while going through menopause. You can read about this hormonal havoc in the article titled Menopause and Weight Gain. And yes, low testosterone levels resulting from andropause (male menopause) can be a cause of weight gain around the abdomen in men.

Ending Note

As you can see there are numerous reasons of why a healthy weight loss program was unsuccessful for you. My research revealed that sleeping disorders, unusual amounts of stress, certain medications, and even stomach tumors can be culprits that are preventing one from losing weight. The intent of this hub is not to give an individual reasons or excuses NOT to continue to strive to lose weight.

The purpose of this hub is to provide hope and information to those that truly desire to lose weight but have been unsuccessful in their own attempts. Numerous people simply give up the fight and start eating more, which creates more bad feelings, and thoughts of one fighting a losing battle with weight. Then it becomes a vicious cycle of over eating because of depression and gaining more weight begins and vice versa.

Again if you can truly say that you have been following the 5 step rules above to lose weight for a reasonable amount of time and instead you continue to gain weight and or unable to lose weight then it might be time to consult a physician. In addition, I think it is important to do as Oprah and Dr. Oz always advises, and that is if you consult your regular doctor and he or she feels nothing is wrong with you. It will not hurt to seek a second and maybe even a third opinion.

It is unfortunate that some doctors are not as well informed as others and sometimes can miss problems that maybe existing in one’s body. But, persistence is the key to success. This is the conclusion of the hub Healthy Weight Loss was Unsuccessful and I sincerely hope that if you are struggling with losing weight that you will seek professional help to assist you in your quest. Don’t give up the fight to regain the healthy weight you would like to attain. As always feel free to leave comments below!

Disclaimer: This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Please see your doctor if you are having trouble losing weight for possible medical reasons.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Money Glitch, a tremendous information packed hub. Thank you for sharing.


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myawn 6 years ago from Florida

Thank you for the great info.I learned alot you helped me realize health and stress matter when trying to lose weight.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Putz, thanks so much for stopping by for the read.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi myawn! Glad I could share some of the things I've read and or learned the hard way about weight loss.

As I tried to show in the hub, being unsuccessful is not always something the dieter did wrong; therefore, one must search for the under lying causes in order to become successful at weight loss. Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting!:)


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is an excellent hub providing the information as promised in the title. Each and every aspect and points mentioned in this hub are beneficial for not only people who have followed a weight loss program and found it unsuccessful but it is also helpful for those who are looking forward to starting a weight loss program for their increased weight and/or obesity.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Weight loss is always presented to be so easy; and if you're overweight it is because you eat too much. Well sometimes that is the case, but not always. I just felt the need to shed light on some of the things that might cause a diet not to work for an individual.

Thanks so much Soni for stopping by and commenting; it means a lot since you write health hubs all the time. :)


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networkrecruiting 6 years ago from Spicy Alabama

I always enjoyed your article. Keep up the good work


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks so much, networkrecruiting, for stopping by for a read and commenting. :) Hopefully others will enjoy the hub, healthy weight loss program was unsuccessful, as you did. It is important for individuals to know why they maybe gaining weight instead of losing.


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DinnerMom 6 years ago from Central Florida

I enjoyed reading this information packed article.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi DinnerMom, It nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by to read about how healthy weight loss program was unsuccessful for a few of my friends.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Very, very well done. A great, exceptional hub, rated and stumbled. Well done Money, impressive writing example. :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for your kind words and stopping by for a read, hypnodude, have a great weekend. :)


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joinphp 6 years ago from Tunisia

Please no HRT during as menopause diet or treatments, use herbal ones instead.

Read more about menopause:

http://menopauseandweight.com/articles/

Thanks again


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi joinphp, I'm sure that you are aware that both HRT and herbal treats are debated amongest doctors and other experts. I'm no expert, but, I tend to look for herbal solutions prior to other remedies. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your opinion on HRT, diets and herbal treatments. :)


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NorwinGalle 6 years ago from USA

This is really nice hub clearing doubts about weight loss and its facts.I feel until and unless there is a strong will of a person,such weight loss programs won't help you more.Your proper diet and regular exercise only make you fit and fine.

Read this interesting article "Avoid Heavy Weight Training As It Is Hazardous to Health" at http://www.series-of-articles.com/Article/Avoid-He...


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on healthy weight loss program was unsuccessful. You are right that the key to successful weight loss is proper diet and exercise. However if one is doing this properly and still not losing weight then it is time to seek help to see if there is something happening within one's body to prevent one from being successful. :)


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sammiefields2512 6 years ago from USA

Good article, thanks. There ARE a number of different conditions that can make it difficult for one to lose weight, hypothyroidism for example and the others that you mentioned. However none of them are an excuse for being fat! If you have sufficient caloric restriction, there's nothing to stop you from losing weight. You just have to restrict those calories in the right way for your appetite stimulants to adjust in a way that you can maintain it.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hhhhmmm, I kinda think you missed the point of the hub,(that sometimes there are medical reasons why normal diet and exercise stopping working for an individual) however everyone has a right to their own opinion. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and stopping by for a read.


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geoffco23 6 years ago from Mansfield, UK

Hi. Thorough and entertaining hub. I would add that getting your head right can make a big difference to whether or not you succeed in getting fit and healthy. Friends and family can be the biggest obstacles to healthy weight loss, either through well-intentioned sabotage - 'Surely one won't hurt you?' - or social pressure, with fear of change at the root of it. Win the battle in your head and you're halfway there.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on healthy weight loss program was unsuccessful. I agree that family and friends can sabotage one's weight loss program if you allow them too. And that the once you conquer the battle in your head you are halfway there. :)


Healthy Living wtih Authentic Woman 6 years ago

Those '5 Steps that Assist in Weight Loss' you have above are definitely on track. Although, I have to add...a few of us have way too much "unprocess" emotion lingering that prevents us to truly feel the "fullness" when we are done eating & is probably holding onto those stubborn weights. Besides that, I totally see the validity in the toxins playing a role on not being able to shed those extra fat weights.

... And I think it's safe to put the question out there for ourselves before we jump to the conclusion that our healthy weight loss program is unsuccessful . Honestly, are you really doing ALL the steps CONSISTENTLY? For me, I notice I gained weight easily back if I'm off track...


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree, however, there are people that are very faithful to diets and still cannot lose weight if there are underlying illnesses or problems that I mentioned above. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)


Diet follower Sam 6 years ago

Very informative and well illustrated Hub. Good points about how diets work differently for each individual and there are reasons for this that they may not be aware of like medical issues.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


Como bajar la panza 5 years ago

Would you recommend a vegan diet for weight loss? I've been thinking about going vegan but still need to do some research on it. I would appreciate any thought you have on this. Thanks


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, I have not personally done a vegan diet for weight loss. One must be careful choosing diets for weight loss because most of the time they are short term with the end results being weight gain once one stops dieting.

My belief is that one should eat healthy and make lifestyle changes that will render weight loss. So my question is, "Are you planning to make a long term change to become a vegan for a lifetime?


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