5 things that may be sabotaging your weight loss

- Having trouble losing those last few pounds? This might explain why. A new study from obesity researchers says you don’t have to eat more or exercise less to gain weight. Dr. Shilpi Agarwal, a physician certified in family medicine, shared five things that could be keeping you from reaching your weight loss goals.

  • EXPOSURE TO CHEMICALS: Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound used in plastic bottles and containers and in the lining of cans. It mimics estrogen in the body, according to Dr. Shilpi, which increases the chances of gaining weight.
  • LACK OF SLEEP: People who get less than six hours of sleep per night are more likely to reach for higher calorie and sugary foods.
  • FOODS THAT LACK FIBER: “Fiber is what helps us to stay full, process foods in the body and also keep our blood sugar levels very stable,” said Dr. Shilpi. “But if you have those big spikes and dips, that actually affects insulin levels and can trigger weight gain.”
  • MEDICATIONS: Anti-depressants, epilepsy or anti-seizure drugs and allergy medications can all lead to weight gain.
  • CHRONIC STRESS: Stress is a huge player in weight gain because it drives up a hormone called cortisol, which can lead to belly fat. Even if you are exercising regularly, a high stress level could make it difficult to lose weight. 

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