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4 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

4 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

Frolicking from one fad diet to another is a surefire way to prevent permanent weight loss. That's because diets just don't work — once you lose weight and go back to your old ways, you'll gain it all back. Weight loss is more about lifestyle changes rather than restrictive eating plans. If you've been on the weight loss boat for quite some time and haven't achieved the results you're looking for, here are some reasons why.

  1. You're not fully committed. Do some soul searching and find a specific goal or personal reason that inspires you to lose the weight once and for all, such as to lower your cholesterol or to be healthy for your kids. Keep up with that long-term goal with either daily or weekly short-term goals.
  2. People expect miracles. Pounds don't fall off easily or quickly, so be patient and chip away at three- to five-pound increments rather than trying to lose all the weight at once.

For the last two reasons,


  1. Your plan isn't sustainable. Your diet should be filled with healthy foods that leave you feeling satisfied and full of energy. Think of it as a permanent way of eating, not as a quick fix.
  2. You can't forgive your slip-ups. So what if you binged on an entire pint of ice cream? Just shake it off, and start fresh at the next meal with healthy choices.

Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?

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MarileePSU MarileePSU 3 years
I always follow a healthy, balanced diet, yet I've got some weight to lose. I started decreasing my calories to about 1500 a day and I'm eating these good foods, yet I still feel hungry and low on energy. Any suggestions?
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I totally agree with Chrstne! My sister will be like "you can't have ice cream you're on a diet" and I'm like no I can have ice cream I just chose not to indulge. It's not a diet it's a life style change. Diets are temporary which means weight loss with also be temporary. Also I found fiber really helps! I made my boyfriend (junkfoodholic) a sandwich on organic wheat bread packed with fiber and he was like ughh. I don't like that bread it fills me up to much. You could eat your body weight in chips and fill hunger an hour later, but eat things naturally given to us then we are more likely to stay full and for longer. =)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I agree with Chrstne that finding a plan that you can live with forever is definitely key. Before I lost weight for good, I flitted from fad diet to fad diet and they were all so restrictive. I would lose weight for a couple of weeks and then I'd crave ice cream or Oreos and say "Aw, what the hell, I'll start a new diet later!" and go back to my old eating habits. I discovered that Weight Watchers allowed me to have small treats every so often, so I never felt deprived. Of course, I had days where I screwed up, but I was able to jump back on the wagon and get back to my old routine pretty soon afterwards.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I do want to shake some more pounds off, but it has certainly gotten hard as I've already lost over 90. Sometimes it seems so frustrating and not maintainable. I think, if I have to cut back even MORE what's the point?
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I agree with all of those, but I wanted to say specifically that adapting a sustainable diet is absolutely key. When I first started on my quest to lose some weight, I cut out pretty much everything I viewed as a treat or an indulgence. I realized that I wasn't happy with cutting out the things I liked, so I adapted healthier versions of these foods, and splurge on the actual goody once a month. I'll make some faux-pizza to get the pizza craving out of the way, and maybe at the end of the month I'll have an actual slice of pizza. Giving that up...well, I couldn't do it forever. I tried giving up bread, too...and I also realized that it's just not possible for me to completely give it up. I have still lost weight, but the kicker is that I don't feel deprived whatsoever, because I'm really not being deprived at all. I think that's the way to go.
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