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You're eating the green stuff; you're getting up at five to haul your little butt to the gym or to go for a grim jog around the block in an icy winter wind. You step on the scale, expecting a triumphant dip of the little pointer.
But no. Your weight hasn't budged. Not one tiny, little pound.
It's almost enough to make you ditch the kale breakfast smoothies and go back to the Coca-Cola.
If you're doing everything right, and can't seem to lose any weight, have a look at these twelve surprising reasons that may explain why you can't lose a pound.
Your thyroid is on a go-slow?
If you're eating healthily and exercising, one of the first things you should do is go to the doctor and have them check your thyroid hormone.
An underactive thyroid (called Hypothyroidism) can cause many symptoms, but one of the first, and most noticeable is weight-gain. This is caused by cells working slower than usual. Hypothyroidism can also cause weight-gain by causing a build-up of salt and water in the tissues.
Your thyroid is running too fast
For most people, a fast thyroid (Hyperthyroidism) will cause weight loss due to speeding up the function of the cells, but it can cause others to gain weight. This is because Hyperthyroidism can make you feel very hungry, so you may be piling up your plate with large portions, without noticing it.
You have a Vitamin D deficiency
Your body cannot manufacture its own Vitamin D; it needs the aid of the sun. An average of 77% of the American population is Vitamin D deficient. Weight gain is one of many symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D works with a hormone called Leptin, which is produced by our fat cells and sends the message to our brain that we're full. When we're lacking Vitamin D the signal sent by Leptin to the brain is disrupted, so the body no longer knows when it's full.
So, if you are struggling to lose weight, ask for a Vitamin D blood test.
You're skipping breakfast
Many people still believe skipping meals will help them lose weight. It doesn't work. And skipping breakfast is the worst thing you could do. All it does is make you hungrier and more likely to overeat later.
Eat within an hour of getting-up and have a balanced breakfast with a stabilising carbohydrate, a filling protein, and a healthy fruit or vegetable: for example half a grapefruit, and poached egg with toast; oats with fresh fruit and a yogurt; cereal followed by vegetable crudités and a cottage cheese dip.
You eat too close to bedtime
Eating at night raises your body temperature, your blood sugar and your insulin levels, reducing your ability to burn fat.
If you must eat in the evening, stick to healthy options such as plain rice-cakes, oat-cakes, or a banana. Be careful, too, of snacking in front of the TV or a computer, which may make you more likely to eat carb-rich, sweet foods.
You have insomnia
When we sleep badly, our metabolism slows right down, meaning that we burn fewer calories than people who are well-rested. We also eat more calories (one study found that people who didn't sleep enough ate an average of 300 calories more a day).