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
  • Hypothyroidism
  • A Weight Problem
  • Low HGH

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:
elevated TSH
poor bodily coordination
2hr postprandial glucose 201-250mg%
reduced underarm/pubic hair growth
short-term memory failure
omnivorous diet
hypoglycemia
having high percentage body fat
fair recovery from exertion
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
bitter taste in mouth
regular bizarre dreams
... 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
Low HGH 97% Confirm
An Underweight Problem 30% Unlikely
Hypoglycemia 22% Unlikely
Diabetes II 1% Ruled out
Gluten Sensitivity 0% Ruled out
A Weight Problem 0% Ruled out
Low DHEA 0% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 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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