When I was younger, I could decide to diet and poof...the scales dropped quickly. I always believed that losing weight was a matter of mathematics.....calories eaten versus calories burned. Basically, I do still believe this, however, I also know now that there is a hormonal chemical process within our bodies that can make gaining weight much easier and losing weight much harder. I am a 42 year old woman in full menopause due to a complete hysterectomy...take it from me...I know these things first hand.
To give you guys an idea....I did Weight Watchers for 3 weeks...lost 4 pounds the first week and gained 2 pounds back the next week and no change the third week. Tried following the Slim Fast plan for two weeks. Lost 6 pounds the first week, then nothing for two more weeks. Tried Dr. Phil's diet plan....lost 8 pounds the first week...2 pounds the next week...then nothing for 3 more weeks! I followed these plans to the letter and the scales would not cooperate. No wonder I got so discouraged!
Finally....tried South Beach...and this plan works for me. I believe this is because so many menopausal women have insulin resistance...so, not eating starches and table sugar seem to do the trick for my body. Now.....I just need to deal with willpower and motiviation and I'll have won this battle.
Digestive bacteria? Not too sure about this one...but, you never know.