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Weight Loss: Why You’re Not Losing Weight

Why Your Body Clings to Stubborn Fat

Is your scale stuck? It may not be your fault. Find out how to fight back against fat if biology has turned against you

7 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

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They know your name at the gym and you’ve been logging every morsel for months, but your love handles are still happily jiggling away. So what gives?

If you’re doing everything in your power to slim down and your body’s not following suit, biological and environmental factors could be to blame. Age, stress, sleep, pregnancy, menopause, medication, and even food additives can sabotage your weight loss goals in some sneaky ways. These determinants, combined with the body’s endocrine response to weight loss, can contribute to lagging metabolism and increased appetite, explains Daniel Bessesen, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado – Denver and chief of endocrinology at Denver Health Medical Center.

The good news is that there are ways to fight these factors telling your brain to “chow down!” Here, we’ve outlined six ways biology messes with body fat—and how you can curb its effects.

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