Can’t Lose Weight: 10 Personal Reasons Hindering Weight Loss

Are you someone who struggles with your weight loss plan? You’re doing everything right, but you’re still not losing weight.

Like many others, you also want to manage weight gain but need help achieving your weight loss goal. You have tried many things in the past to lose fat, but you have miserably failed.

It is only possible to achieve the best weight loss results by doing a few gym workouts or eliminating certain foods.

You will start losing weight once you eliminate all the mental and physical things stopping you from losing the extra pounds.

10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

There are a few personal reasons why your weight may stay the same and the number on the scale doesn’t come down despite your best weight loss efforts.

There isn’t one reason. You may be confronting a couple of reasons for the failure.

Many fail to distinguish between hunger and cravings while trying to lose weight.

There may also be a few other personal health conditions that make you not burn fat.

Here are 10 reasons, or negative weight loss mindsets, that make you fail your weight loss mission.

1. Your Weight Loss Goals Are Unrealistic

If you think of losing 20 pounds in 2 weeks, you might fail to achieve your goal.

Just know that gaining weight has taken several months or a year. In the same way, if you want to lose weight naturally and healthily, it will take months or even a year of consistent effort.

Most people fail to shed weight because they need more patience and perseverance to continue their weight loss plan. Many quit the diet plan because they don’t produce fast results.

2. You Are Overly Dependent on Weight Loss Supplements and Pills

Every overweight person would like to lose weight but would not like to follow strict diet plans and workouts. They are only interested in fancy pills and supplements to help them lose weight without dieting or working out.

If you are overly dependent on fat-burning supplements like garcinia cambogia, green coffee bean, or others. If so, you may never succeed in shedding the extra weight you want to lose.

Remember that supplements are only meant to supplement your diet and workouts for weight loss.

3. You Lack Persistence in Following Your Plan

Many feel it is too hard to lose weight as they must stick to diet plans and workout schedules. Also, you fail to cut calories from meals. Eating too much will cause weight gain. Some of them give up the plan as they find it hard to keep up with the weight loss regimen.

You may be one of the many people who have tried hard to lose weight but gave up the plan after a few days or weeks.

Your previous failures to lose weight have convinced you that you will never succeed again.

To get the desired result, you need to have a “never give up” attitude and follow your well-planned weight loss plan daily.

4. You Always Postpone Your Plan

You are concerned about your weight and have already thought of everything needed to lose weight. But your ‘fat loss plans’ never take off because you always postpone them and think of starting them tomorrow or Monday.

Each day, you discover new excuses to postpone your diet and exercise plan for the next day.

You will only succeed in losing weight if you start implementing your plans here and now and follow them every day.

5. You Don’t Know What To Do

You could be just like most overweight people, who have only vague ideas about weight loss.

You can also be confused about what to do because you have too many suggestions and weight loss plans available to you.

The best way to lose weight is to stick to one weight-loss plan and follow it religiously. When your plans and lifestyle are no longer effective in fat loss, you can change them.

If you are still trying to figure out what to do, there are many good diet plans and supplements. You could also easily learn about it online or by consulting any qualified dietitian or weight trainer.

6. You Think That Weight Loss Is All About Starving

Many overweight people follow a low-calorie diet to lose weight. Some people skip meals to have fewer calories.

They think a very low-calorie intake’ gives better weight loss results.

But you will not succeed with your weight loss plan if you are in the starvation mode to prevent calorie intake.

Making yourself starve will make you sick and weak soon, and you will have to return to the old meal plan to restore your health.

In reality, a small daily calorie deficit is all you need to start losing weight sustainably—100 or 150 calories less than your daily requirement.

Extreme calorie restriction leads to weight loss but it goes against your metabolism and hurts your health.

7. You Got All Wrong With Workouts

In the beginning, you are overly enthusiastic about losing weight, and suddenly, you begin to do the hardest exercises to burn many calories.

But if you have a low exercise capacity and suddenly start overdoing the exercises, it would make you too tired, weak, and sick. Eventually, you are forced to quit the workouts within a couple of days.

During the initial phases of your weight loss plan, you need to go slow and light with your exercise.

High-intensity weight loss exercises could be started only after your body’s muscles get accustomed to light exercises for a week or two.

To burn calories, it’s important to rotate different sets of exercises on different days of the week instead of repeatedly doing the same exercises every day.

8. You Suffer from Poor Self Esteem and Self-Criticism

Some people are embarrassed to eat foods that do not fit their lifestyle or level of comfort.

Many overweight people cannot lose weight because they fear their friends’ sarcastic comments about their newly adopted eating habits.

Many also indulge in self-criticism of their diet plan and feel sad to miss the sumptuous and delicious foods their friends and family are having.

Health psychologist and Stanford lecturer Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., explains, “If you focus on self-criticism, you’ll be like a laser on it.”

Instead of focusing on the comments of other people and your self-pity over your strict meal plan, focus on the good health you want to achieve by losing excess body fat.

9. You Are Too Focused on Numbers

Every time you scale your weight, stay focused on the desire to see yourself with a lower weight. Many people abandon their diet when they don’t see 5 pounds of weight loss in one or two weeks.

Know that healthy weight loss is about something other than shedding many pounds.

Healthy weight loss is about losing unwanted body fat, especially belly fat.

For many days, you may not see any reduction in body weight (weight loss plateau), and in some weeks, you might gain more weight than the previous week. It is not because your diet is not working; you are gaining heavy muscle mass with your high-intensity workouts.

You should be concerned with burning excess body fat rather than drastically reducing weight. Your weight loss plan is successful if your belly fat has disappeared and the circumference of your waistline has decreased.

10. You Fail To Achieve Weight Loss Because Of Stress

According to trainer and lifestyle coach Julie Barrett, MS, RD, losing weight is all about “stress management.”

Even the most effective diet plans and workouts will fail to produce effective weight loss results if you are constantly stressed and tense.

You may become stressed with your weight loss plan if you overanalyze every bite of food and overtrain.

To burn fat easily and quickly, it’s best to stick to a balanced diet plan and a workout routine that you can keep up with.


You might fail to lose weight effectively when you make your diet plan and workouts too complicated and beyond your limitations.

The most important aspect of every successful weight loss plan is the strong determination to achieve the set goals and the “never give up” attitude.

Sticking to healthy diets and workouts that you can keep up with will always help you lose weight and stay in good shape.

Don’t get stressed out with unrealistic weight loss programs that don’t work.

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