Often, an underlying medical condition prevents people from losing weight.
Thyroid disorders have become increasingly common in people the world over. According to the American Thyroid Association, almost 20 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease.
Hypothyroidism is a disorder is which your thyroid gland becomes underactive. The thyroid gland is responsible for secreting fat-burning hormones.
When its activity is inhibited, your body ends up burning far less calories, and instead, stores them as fat. These accumulate and result in drastic weight-gain.
8. Depriving Yourself
“Go big or go home” seems to be the motto most dieters follow.
However, nutritionists say that the key to a successful weight-loss regime is moderation. Avoiding unhealthy foods entirely may ultimately cause cravings. Overtime, these cravings intensify and result in loss of control and consequent binge eating.
If you allow yourself to enjoy an occasional cookie, you lower your risk of straying from your diet.
A 2001 study published in the International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders notes that a moderate-fat and energy-controlled diet, when compared to a low-fat diet, shows better long-term participation and weight-loss improvement.
Note: Keep in mind that trans fats, high fructose corn syrup and corn oil foods are excessively unhealthy and must be avoided completely.