Difficulty Changing Weight

What Causes Difficulty Losing Or Gaining Weight?

Difficulty losing or gaining weight can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose difficulty losing or gaining weight, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "difficulty losing or gaining weight" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • An Underweight Problem
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low DHEA
  • Diabetes II
  • A Weight Problem
  • Low HGH
  • Hypothyroidism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
poor bodily coordination
tonsils/adenoids out before age 20
rapidly declining health
being a lethargic person
omnivorous diet
incoherent speech
high iodine consumption
poor cold weather tolerance
afternoon headaches
regular unexplained nausea
high air pollution exposure
hypothyroidism in family members
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of difficulty losing or gaining weight:
Cause Probability Status
Hypoglycemia 95% Confirm
An Underweight Problem 30% Unlikely
A Weight Problem 15% Unlikely
Gluten Sensitivity 1% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 0% Ruled out
Low HGH 0% Ruled out
Diabetes II 0% Ruled out
Low DHEA 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having weight problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Has your weight been difficult to change?
Possible responses:
→ It is very difficult for me to gain weight
→ I can gain weight, but it is a challenge
→ No / don't know
→ I can lose weight with difficulty
→ It is very difficult for me to lose weight
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either difficulty gaining weight or difficulty losing weight, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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