By Lauren Denos: 11/20/2014 (Ask Lauren)

Dear Lauren,

I have tested everything out. I have done the clean eating, the weight training, cardio, classes, programs, special eating plans, the lemonade diet, etc. I will lose some weight with them, but I cannot seem to get to as lean as I want. What do I do?

Thank you,

Dani

Dear Dani,

This could be many different things. Have you seen a doctor to make sure there are no medical issues? Common causes of not losing weight are blood sugar problems, like insulin resistance, or diabetes and hormone problems. I would look around for someone who works with people like yourself who have had a hard time finding answers. Or, see a hormone specialist. There are so many different health ailments that can cause this problem.

Journal each day about what you are eating to make sure that you are not taking in more calories than you are burning per day. Also, take a look at your workouts. Are they not intense enough, or perhaps too intense? If your workouts are not vigorous enough, then you are not burning off the calories you need to have the change in weight. On the other hand, if you are going too far overboard, then you could be stressing your body out and creating a cortisol reaction, which could keep you from getting the results you want.

Make sure that you are taking into account your body type and what your usual set point would be. If you are a bigger muscular woman and are aiming to look like a small ballerina, then that would be quite the struggle. Are you being realistic with what you are aiming to accomplish?

The best course of action is to see a healthcare professional about this problem. Ask other people who have had troubles and see who they went to. You want someone who will spend the time with you and really look into what is going on. Also, remember to never give up. If you go to a doctor and they say they do not know what is going on, find another one. Even if you have to go through multiple doctors, it will be worth it to get the answers you seek.

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