As a culture, we believe that if you simply stop eating so much and just get more exercise, you can always lose weight. Personal trainers, nutritionists, and even well-intentioned healthcare practitioners relay this message to women every day. Yet there are still women out there who can’t lose weight. Are they lying about what they eat and about how much they exercise? I don’t think so — because I was one of these women.

“When I was 19, I joined Weight Watchers and drove myself crazy weighing and measuring every morsel of food I put in my body. I never missed a workout, never cheated with food, and every time I got on the scale, I’d find I only lost a mere half-pound or even gained. I know that Weight Watchers works well for some people, but it didn’t work for me. And now I know it was because I had something called weight loss resistance.” writes Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP


According to Dr. Marcelle Pick, in her article Do You Have Weight Loss Resistance? found at, “weight loss resistance arises when a woman develops or has a preexisting metabolic imbalance that makes losing weight and maintaining healthy weight extremely challenging, despite her best efforts to eat less and exercise more.”


  • Hormonal imbalance (including thyroid dysfunction)
  • Adrenal imbalance (chronic stress)
  • Neurotransmitter imbalance
  • Digestive imbalance
  • Systemic inflammation
  • Impaired detoxification

Because the body is one machine comprised of many systems that influence each other, it is not uncommon for imbalance to occur in more than one system. Fortunately, there are many ways to help bring your body’s systems back into balance.

  1. UNDERSTAND YOUR UNIQUE PHYSIOLOGY. Work with your physician to identify any metabolic imbalances that may be keeping you from losing weight, then create a nutritional plan and lifestyle plan to re-balance your systems.
  2. CONSIDER AN HERBAL APPROACH. When weight loss resistance is caused by hormonal imbalance, stress imbalance and neurotransmitter imbalance, herbs can help relieve some of the burdens on your body so it will let go of protective weight.
  3. EAT RAW AND OFTEN. Eating three well-balanced meals and two snacks each day keeps metabolism up and cravings at bay. Each should include some high-quality protein. Certain vitamins, minerals and cofactors also aid in successful weight loss, specifically chromium, zinc, vitamin C, D3 and the B vitamins, which are essential for ideal metabolism.
  4. MOVE. Movement is not just for weight loss but for overall health of the entire body and all its systems, which is why daily exercise is crucial. If you’re short on time or energy, bursting and interval training are super-efficient options that will help reset your metabolism.
  5. FIND TIME TO REST AND SLEEP. If you’re serious about losing weight, make sleep a top priority because it plays a central role in how hungry you feel. Studies show that “eight hours of sleep between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM is ideal when you want to overcome weight loss resistance.”*
  6. CREATE A SUPPORTIVE SOCIAL NETWORK. Research shows that people who join together in their weight loss efforts are more successful.

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Article adapted from Do You Have Weight Loss Resistance? by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP

By Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP