Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Top 6 Causes of Weight Gain

Comments: 7 | June 2nd, 2015


Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Top 6 Causes of Weight Gain

Approximately 69% of adults are overweight or obese,
with more than 78 million adult Americans considered obese.

(Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) (2009-2010)

Do you feel like you can’t lose weight no matter what you do? Are you eating well and exercising, yet still have an extra 30 pounds that you can’t shake? Do you continually ask yourself, “Why can’t I lose weight”? Is being overweight keeping you from enjoying your life, whether it’s planning a vacation, attending your high school reunion or simply socializing with friends? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you don’t have to just live with it. Start by understanding six common reasons that weight loss can be so difficult.

Top 6 Causes of Weight Gain

1. Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is a common cause of weight gain because it regulates your metabolism and energy production. With low thyroid function, your metabolism slows down, and you don’t generate as much heat or use as many calories. Excess fluid retention can often be attributed to the poor circulation caused by low thyroid function, as well.

2. Low Progesterone/Estrogen Dominance
Progesterone deficiency leads to a condition called estrogen dominance which slows your metabolism and causes weight gain. Supplementing with bioidentical progesterone will balance the estrogen, thereby eliminating the estrogen dominance. Progesterone promotes the assimilation of the thyroid hormone into your cells, increasing your metabolism, and relieving fluid retention.

3. Chemicals and Toxins in the Body
Chemicals and toxins can throw our hormones out of balance leading to weight gain. They disrupt the hormones that regulate your metabolism. Toxins are everywhere in our food and environment and it is impossible to avoid them, so it is important to detoxify your body in order to stay healthy and maintain an ideal body weight.

4. Candida
Candida, or yeast overgrowth, can cause bloating and weight gain. Yeast feeds on sugar and can overgrow in the large intestine, displacing the normal healthy bacteria of the gut. It is important to avoid sugar and do a candida-free diet to eliminate the yeast.

5. Unhealthy Diet and Inactive Lifestyle
It’s well known that fast food is not healthy for you and will easily add those extra pounds to your waistline. Fast food is high in fat, sugar and calories, as well as chemical preservatives. Regular physical activity will help you maintain your ideal body weight by burning off calories for energy. Set a goal to exercise several times a week. Great cardio workouts include walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics, basketball, tennis, dancing, and swimming.

6. Pharmaceutical Drugs
Many pharmaceutical drugs, such as antidepressants, can cause weight gain as a side effect.

Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
So how do you know if hormonal imbalance is causing your weight gain? These are other common symptoms of hormonal imbalance:

-difficulty getting a good night’s sleep
-difficulty concentrating
-irritable moods
-hair loss
-menstrual irregularities
-hot flashes
-muscle and joint pain
-mood swings
-hot flashes
-night sweats

To find out if you have symptoms of a hormone deficiency, hypothyroidism or candida, take our symptom checker quiz.

Natural Solutions for Weight Loss
-Balance and replenish your hormones and thyroid with bioidentical hormones
-Eat a healthy diet of organic fruits and vegetables
-Get up and move – even a brisk walk help boost your metabolism
-Detoxify your body of chemicals and toxins
-Detoxify your body of yeast through a candida-free diet
-Avoid pharmaceutical drugs if possible – they are also toxins

Find out if Hormonal Decline is the Cause of Your Weight Gain
When people wonder why they are putting on so many extra pounds, they typically don’t think about a decline in hormones being the culprit. However, hormonal decline is a common cause of weight gain. Bioidentical hormones can restore your energy and metabolism by giving the body back what’s missing.

Think hormones could be at the root of your weight gain?  Take our hormone symptom checker to find out.

Still have questions about what might be causing your weight gain? Leave us a comment below and we will do our best to help.


7 thoughts on “Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Top 6 Causes of Weight Gain

  1. johnnie haltom

    Should a woman 70 years old take hormons? I have wt.gain I take armor thyroid, exercise 11 hrs. per week, try to eat right. any ideas?


    • Hotze Team

      Dear Johnnie,
      We often treat women 70 years of age and older with hormones. Since we are using bioidentical hormones, and not artificial drugs, we can safely treat women much later in life. Your weight issues may be due to hormone imbalance rather than just thyroid issues and we recommend balancing all the hormone systems for optimal results including thyroid, adrenal, and male and female hormones. Thank you for your comment!


  2. susan

    I was a patient in the past. Would like to be again but cant fly to texas . Can I still become a patient again?

    Thank you
    Susan Mcgrath


    • Hotze Team

      Dear Susan,
      Good morning! Please call 877-698-8698 and ask for Sandy Perrault who can advise you on the process of returning as a guest of our center. We will be happy to help you. Thank you!


  3. Miki

    Reducing weight is not difficult if you have the correct support and knowledge , i was searching on-line and came upon this site and got to know that many had success in reducing weight, i am seeing awesome results too, here is that site, hope it will help those who really want to lose weight


  4. Michel shapiro

    Mi husband is two months as a patient at he clinic , taking all the vitamins and hormones and did not loose wait , any idea? Of what to do .


    • Hotze Team

      Good Morning,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. Please ask your husband to contact our medical team with any questions and concerns at 281-579-3600. We have nurses that are available to help him. For patient confidentiality reasons, we cannot address his medical needs via the website. Please encourage him to call as often as he needs to – we are here to help. We also have the online patient portal which is secure and he can contact the nurses through the portal, as well. Sometimes the treatment regimen may need to be tweaked in order to help him get the results he desires and our nurses and doctors will be happy to guide him.

      Thank you!


      Hotze Team


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