Here’s Why You Aren’t Losing Weight

So you’ve cut back on sweets and started exercising — but you’re still not losing weight. What gives?Read on for some of the surprising reasonsthe scale isn’t budging.




1.You’re Stressed.

When your body is stressed, you release a hormone called cortisol, which regulates things like blood sugar and metabolism. It can also make you hungry and lead to weight gain. Reducing stress is not only good for your mental well-being. It’s also good for your waistline.


2.You’re Underestimating How Much You Eat.

Time and again, research has shown that people underestimate the amount of calories they’ve consumed. Don’t fall in to this trap! Try writing down everything you eat for a period of time, even if it’s just a handful of m&m’s or a sip of your partner’s soda. Another tried-and-true method is to weigh out your food instead of relying on estimates. Andit’s not just us dietersthat underestimate our calorie intake, either: one study found that evendietitians underestimate their own calorie intake by about 10 percent.


3.Your Thyroid is Out of Whack.

There could be a medical reason that you’re not losing weight, and one of the most common is issues with the thyroid gland, whichplays a major role in our overall health. An under-active thyroid can lead to unexplained weight gain and make it difficult to lose weight. Luckily, thyroid conditions can be easily spotted with routine medical tests, so talk to your doctor about your symptoms.You can find out more about thyroid conditions here.


4.You’re Only Relying on Exercise.

The best way to lose weight is a combination of diet and exercise, not one or the other exclusively. Relying on exercise alone is a particularly difficult path to take, because exercise can only take you so far in your weight loss goals; a diet overhaul in addition to exercise is the best way to shed the pounds.




5. You’ve Hit a Plateau.

It’s a common problem for dieters: losing a few pounds, but then, at some point, you just can’t seem to lose another ounce. It’s not just in your head!The more weight you lose, the more your metabolism slows down, and the harder it becomes to lose extra weight.You can break through them, though, by shaving off a few extra calories a day or intensifying your workout routine.




6. You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep.

Not getting enough sleep can take a major toll on your body — including your weight loss goals. When you’re tired, you’re more impulsive, which can lead to poor food choices and skipping out on workouts. It can also mess up your hunger-related hormones, which make it harder to curb cravings, and even impact your cortisol levels. All of these things taken together can make lack of sleep a major roadblock on your weight loss journey.


7.You’re Forgetting the Little Things.

Can’t kick the soda habit? Pouring loads of dressing on your salad? There are plenty of sneaky ways that extra calories can slip into your diet, and someof the worst offenders are condiments and drinks. Stick with water and tea, and ask for dressings on the side. And, of course, make sure to take notice ofeverything you put into your mouth.


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Dianne D.
Dianne D2 years ago

I can identify with all of these

Alicia S.
Alicia S.2 years ago

You need motivation and willpower. It is the most important. I recommend you to read very inspiring story at

Magdalena J.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you!

heather g.
heather g2 years ago

So, what's the real reason?

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

As long as I'm healthy, I'm not worried about weight.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie Fideles

very interesting, thanks for sharing

Barb Hansen
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Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey2 years ago

THanks - I think !

Nora McKellar
Nora McKellar2 years ago

another reason is because you pay too much attention to the scale. muscle weighs more than fat so even if you are loosing fat and are gaining muscle the scale might not be able to tell the difference and will tell you you haven't lost much or anything at all. a better indication that you are getting results is by seeing how well your clothes fit and how you look & feel.
but instead of stressing about loosing weight, people should be more concerned with just getting healthy.