Why it’s so difficult to lose weight

Why it’s so difficult to lose weight


Why is it so hard to lose weight? It’s a question many people have asked themselves, over and over. Aside from the obvious reasons — food is delicious, exercise is hard and time is short — there are many other factors that affect weight loss and that many people don’t even know they fall victim to.


These six mistakes can definitely hinder your weight loss progress.


You have a short-term attitude

Everything on this list is somewhat of a hard truth, but this is often the hardest to accept (and change).


If you approach weight loss with a short-term attitude, you may not make it anywhere except on the yo-yo diet train.

Without a long-term approach to weight loss, you may lose 10; or more pounds in two weeks and then suffer a rebound when you discover that regimen wasn’t working for you.


This is all too common when people embark on strict diets such as keto or paleo; or fad diets that promise rapid weight loss.


In reality, for most people, a well-balanced diet that includes all food groups and even some treats works best in the long run.


Part of successful, sustainable weight loss — i.e. losing the weight and keeping it off for good — is understanding that fad diets, excessive exercise and “detoxes” don’t usually work.


They only last as long as your willpower lasts, and I’m willing to bet that’s not more than two weeks to a couple of months.


There are no quick fixes, miracle cures or magic pills when it comes to weight loss, despite what the wellness industry might have you believe: Losing weight requires dedication to a plan that supports long-term healthy habits.


The general recommendation for weight loss is a rate of one to two pounds per week, although initial weight loss might surpass that for people who are very overweight, and then slow down to the suggested one to two pounds per week.


Studies have shown this to be an effective way to lose weight without losing too much water or lean tissue — and to avoid a rebound.


Why it's so difficult to lose weight


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You have an all-or-nothing mindset


Lack a support system


You think exercise conquers all


Your sleep, stress and workload are working against you


You use supplements instead of eating a healthy diet


Losing weight will be a helluva lot harder if you’re chronically stressed, sleep-deprived or overworked.

This scenario may sound familiar to you:


  • You wake up motivated and ready to seize the day. You have plans for a post-work interval run and your healthy, prepped dinner is waiting in the fridge for you.
  • A few hours into the day, your lack of sleep catches up with you. You reach for the afternoon coffee.
  • By the time work is over, you’re way too drained to go for that run. You decide to skip it.
  • You’re tired and maybe a little stressed or moody, so you nix the healthy dinner and hit a drive-through instead — because comfort food.


This is OK if it happens occasionally (everyone deserves a lazy evening every once in a while); but weight loss will seem impossible if this happens all the time.


The truth is, nutrition and exercise are only two components of a healthy life that can lead to weight loss. While important; too strong of a focus on nutrition and exercise can cause you to overlook other factors that are just as important: sleep and stress management.

About The Author

Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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