What To Do If I Can t Lose Weight

You’ve dieted, you’ve exercised, and you feel like no matter what you do you can t lose weight. Many people say that no matter what they’ve tried they can’t seem to drop any of their unwanted pounds. Though the problem is the same, the reasons for having so much difficulty losing weight usually vary from person to person. Just like the same way of eating might not work as well for some people as it does for others, the problems associated with weight loss are bound to be different for many different people, too.

If you’ve been following a diet plan and still can t lose weight, you need to look very carefully at the diet and see if it’s really one that can work. You’ll need to look at things like how many calories you eat a day on the plan, and whether your diet seems to be heavier in things like fat or dairy products, or whether it leans the other way and focuses mostly on fruits and vegetables.

If the amount of calories you’re eating every day seems reasonable—enough to keep you healthy but low enough to let you burn fat—yet you can t lose weight while eating this way, it’s likely that the type of diet just doesn’t suit your metabolism. If the diet is calorie-focused and allows things like white bread, flour, potatoes, pasta and sugar, trying cutting down on those items. Maybe the diet is too high in carbohydrates for you and that’s sabotaging your efforts. Experiment to see if you start losing weight.

If the diet is already low carb and you can t lose weight on it, then maybe it’s gone too far in the other direction. Are you eating lots of red meat, fried foods, oil and other fats like butter? Some low-carb diets claim you can eat these foods in almost unlimited amounts, but that’s simply not true. All that fat adds up to hundreds of calories, and no matter how few carbs you eat, a calorie is still a calorie. It can be very easy to eat too many calories per day if you’re eating fatty meats, nuts or if you have lots of oil in your diet.

If your diet really seems healthy, with lean meats, lots of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, some diary and little sugar or flour and you still can t lose weight, then you could be eating too few calories and causing your metabolism to slow. Or you’re eating much more food than you think you are. Look at all the little snacks you have throughout the day, no matter how healthy they are.

Try keeping a journal and writing down everything you eat each day, including anything you drink that has calories in it like soda or coffee with cream. If you can t lose weight because you’re eating more than you think, a week or so of logging the details of your diet should start to show you where those extra calories are sneaking in.


  1. Bill Reinicke says:

    I am one who has battled weight all of my life. I have tried many diets, I have tried modifying my diet, I have tried starving myself, and to no avail. While there are many effective methods people have used to loose weight, nothing ever worked for me. I would loose weight and then put it back on plus five more pounds. This year I made a New Years resolution just as many millions of people are getting ready to do here in a few weeks. What was different was I have stuck with mine. My resolution was to lose 58 pounds this year. I started out weighing 308 pounds. I watched what I was eating and began exercising. What I found that worked the best for me was swimming. By July of 2008 I was swimming a mile every morning before work. I managed to lose 28 pounds in 7 months. Now at 280 pounds I had plateaued. It seemed nothing I did made a difference. Life changed an I went be back to school to work on grad degree so I quit swimming and became even more sedentary. In November through a chain of events and circumstances I found this amazing, all natural, nutritionally balanced, proven effective product line called Isagenix. I began the program and in one month lost 15 pounds. Now at 262 I am realizing my goal of 250 is not only incredibly amazing but realistically possible by this new year. I feel great, my energy is through the roof. Like I said, I have tried a lot of things but nothing has ever compared to the effectiveness of Isagenix.

  2. This is a good article. It is a balancing act to get it right. To many calories and you gain or just don’t loose and weight. To few calorie and your body shuts down and tries to maintain itself. The body is an amazingly and wonderfully made thing. The trick as this article suggests and I fully agree with is getting it right. Part of loosing weight, or the term I like better than loosing is “releasing” weight, is getting your body to become balanced and efficient. There are many factors that play into this such as diet and our environment to only name a few things. Once the body is balanced and running efficiently, when it is getting just the right amount of the right things we will see amazing weight loss.


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