Why Can’t You Lose Weight? 9 Reasons and Solutions


You multiply fasts, sports sessions and other tortures without losing an ounce? No need to panic. With a little willpower sprinkled with diligence, combined with good advice… you’ll have a reshaped body. Here are 9 reasons why you are not losing weight.

1. Your diet is not adapted to your bodytype

Your best friend lost 4 kilos by following the latest diet in vogue… After all, why not you? Morpho, weight, composition, number of digestive endocrine cells, etc. A whole host of factors come into play. Researchers have observed 800 people, women and men of all ages, who followed the same drastic diet for a given period. The result: some lost weight, others gained weight visibly, while some observed the “zero effect”. The lesson: there is no question of adopting a diet without knowing your body (by heart).

The solution? A nutritionist is sure to create a personalized diet, adapted to your body’s nutritional needs… and that works (finally).

2. Your sleep pattern is irregular

We know this. Sleep is the cornerstone of our well-being. In addition to influencing our mood, our work and our skin, it plays an important role in the little extra pounds we accumulate. Why do we do this? A series of short and irregular nights has a direct impact on two essential hormones in our body: ghlerin, which stimulates appetite and increases when our sleep rhythm is not regulated, and leptin, an appetite suppressant hormone that is greatly reduced when the body is weakened. According to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, being like clockwork (at least on weekends) would considerably help to lose weight… seemingly. We love it.

The solution? Get up and go to bed at the same time throughout the week. Not only will this help you fall asleep faster, but sleep will be all the more restful if it is regular. And, let’s just say that a little sleep in on Sunday morning should put a smile on your face.

3. You eat from large plates

The larger the container, the more calories you accumulate. It makes sense and the science says so. According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, we tend to eat 92% of our plate, regardless of our size. As a result, we often ingest many more calories than we should… without realizing it.

The solution? In order not to get frustrated at the sight of three peas and a baby carrot, we swap our large plate for a smaller one. A simple trick to adopt immediately.

4. Your friends and family don’t have good eating habits

It’s hard to stay true to your portion of steamed broccoli when your little ones are gobbling up the latest chocolate bar, isn’t it? Researchers have investigated the impact of having dinner with people who don’t diet. The verdict: you’re likely to indulge in food in the company of people who eat in quantity… for the sake of good behavior, of course.

The solution? You don’t have to stay in your corner. According to a study published by the American Heart Association, you have a 50% chance of cheating by eating separately. So we take our courage in both hands, and we stay faithful to broccoli (yes, yes).

5. You skip fats and carbohydrates

Do you wince at the sight of fatty acids or carbohydrates? However, starch and monounsaturated fats could become your best allies in overcoming those few extra pounds. Yes, starch is particularly resistant to digestion and therefore an appetite suppressant. As for fatty acids, they transform stored fat into energy and reduce inflammation. Magic, right?

The solution? Resistant starch is hidden in dark rye bread, bananas and even lentils. The authorized portion: 4 grams per day. As for fat, we allow ourselves a few olives at the next aperitif, a flock of avocado toasts on Sundays with some nuts as a snack. Finally, some good news.

6. You are chronically stressed

Yes, contrary to popular belief, stress can cause weight gain in a flash. And once again, science is proving it. According to a study conducted by the journal Nature Medicine, cortisol, aka the stress hormone, is closely linked to visceral fat (not to mention directly). As a result, once in the body, it reduces your body’s sensitivity to insulin and becomes the number one enemy to be eliminated.

The solution? To get rid of it once and for all, nothing could be easier. Take it easy and punctuate your week with yoga and meditation sessions. You’ll definitely see the difference without even having to exert yourself.

7. You don’t share the results of your efforts

Going into fitness mode on social networks could be the key to losing weight without duplicating your squat session. According to a study conducted by the University of South Carolina, sportswomen who are very active on the Web, especially on Twitter, are likely to lose weight twice as fast. In addition to taking selfies in a sports bra (to show off, of course), activating geek mode would be THE way to get a slew of essential advice to get out of the routine.

The solution? With the blue bird as an accomplice, say goodbye to excess weight. Just install it if you haven’t already, invite your best friends to follow your activity and stay motivated no matter what. Hop on  our smartphones.

8. You go on one diet after another

Dash, Seignalet, Eeasy Fast or Shapiro… No, these are not new drastic fitness exercises, but various diets. And even if there is an embarrassment of riches to choose from, there is no question of chaining them together to obtain better results. On the contrary. Multiplying the methods would only deceive your body without giving it time to adapt. And that’s when weight gain is guaranteed.

The solution? Carefully choose the diet that suits your needs and your body type (with a specialist, it’s better), and stick to it for the recommended time. Take heart, you’re almost there.

9. You eat too fast
Losing weight without dieting… Yes, it’s possible, as long as you know the right tips. The lazy woman’s habit? Chewing. Researchers from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have found that taking the time to eat considerably reduces calorie consumption while cutting off hunger.

The solution? If you’re left-handed, grab your silverware with your right hand, or vice versa. Ideally, you should change hands with each stroke of the fork. Remember to chew each bite at least 50 times (yes, yes). The must: combine all three tips. Try it out!