There are people out there who will be constantly dieting but unable to lose weight, while others may see results but may use methods that could potentially cause them harm.
If this sounds like you then perhaps it is time to stop to reassess what you are doing and where you are going wrong.
Here are some signs that it may be time to pause your diet:
#1: Your thyroid is behaving abnormally
If you continually fail to lose weight despite your best efforts then perhaps it is due to you suffering from an underactive thyroid.
When this occurs your metabolic rate will be slow so however little food you eat, it will still be stored as your body will not be able to burn it efficiently.
My suggestion to you would be to make an appointment to see your doctor as they will be able to make a proper diagnosis before offering a treatment plan.
#2: You suffer from polycystic ovaries
If you suffer from polycystic ovaries then your body is likely suffering from excess hormones that is causing fat to be stored, which will lead to weight gain that will only make this condition worse.
As above you should speak to a professional, such as your gynaecologist who will be able to advise you on the best course of action.
#3: You use extreme measures to lose weight
Starving yourself or making yourself sick after eating is certainly not a good way to lose weight, and could potentially be life-threatening.
Anorexia and bulimia are serious eating disorders that can be fatal.
Unfortunately those who suffer from these disorders may not even realise they are developing it, which means that only those around them would be able to step in to stop them from harming themselves further.
#4: You can’t see that you have lost weight
If you have lost weight and others are telling you that you are looking fine, yet you still see yourself as fat then you could be suffering from body dysmorphia.
This can manifest itself as anorexia that will cause you to starve yourself in your quest to become as thin as possible.
Unfortunately this can lead to a range of potentially life threatening conditions.
Issues associated with anorexia include:
- No periods
- Hair loss
- Cardiac issues
#5: You binge eat
Some of us binge eat or comfort eat due to a number of reasons including stress, poor body image and boredom.
Unfortunately immediately following a binge will be a moment of reflection where shame and guilt will set in resulting in further urges to binge eat.
This is a dangerous cycle to be on and could easily result in weight being gained.
If you find yourself prone to these bouts of binge eating then you will need to seek help from a professional. Go speak to a psychotherapist who will be able to offer a variety of treatments.
#6: You are always hungry
There could be various reasons why you are always hungry. For instance if you are not getting enough sleep then your hormones could be out of sync leading to cravings.
Stress can also be a trigger for food cravings, but until you get to the root of the issue and find a way to address them, then it is likely that these cravings will remain.