Studies found that genetics is, at least, in part to blame for difficulty in losing weight.
Some medical conditions and medications can also hinder weight loss. The most common ones are hypothyroidism, hormonal changes in women, chronic stress and depression.
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Sample Report: Difficulty in Losing Weight
Not everyone loses weight at the same rate.
Some people lose a few pounds a week after they follow any calorie restrictive diet, while others attempt all kinds of trendy weight-loss diets, but do not see results.
Studies found that genetics is, at least, in part to blame for difficulty in losing weight. People with genetic variants associated with obesity, sensitivity to fat (FTO, PPARG), type 2 diabetes (TCF7L2) emotional eating (CLOCK, SIRT1) and food addiction (DRD2), do not lose weight as easily as other people while on the same diet and exercise regiment.
People also tend to gain weight with age for unknown reasons, and though it's not a medical condition.
Drinking alcohol in moderate to excessive amounts can sabotage your efforts to lose weight. Alcohol (including beer and wine) is a refined carbohydrate, similar to sugar, candy, and white flour. Besides adding calories, alcohol may raise blood sugar and insulin levels, which can contribute to weight gain.
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