Why can’t I lose weight no matter what I do?
Teodora Ghiur - CBT Psychologist / Cognitive Neuroscientist
Teodora is a cognitive neuroscientist with a background in Psychology and Integrative Psychotherapy. She has experience working in clinical trials with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients and adults with various mental health diagnoses. She has an integrative approach towards mental health and aims to help people recognize the importance of physical, emotional, and spiritual health to their overall mental wellness.
17.10.22

Why can’t I lose weight no matter what I do?

Losing weight is a process. Because of this, many people get frustrated when seeing that they can’t lose weight with diet and exercise. Some reasons you can consider are:

  • You’re eating more than you realise: if you keep track of the calories you eat daily and still do not see any change on the scale, perhaps you’re not taking into account the snacks or caloric drinks you consume. 
  • You’re not aware of the caloric deficit you should be on to trigger the weight loss process
  • You don’t have a plan for how to lose the extra weight
  • You’re not physically active enough 
  • You have a medical condition that requires a deeper investigation
  • You go through cycles of starving yourself and then binging on foods
  • Your diet lacks the right amount of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, which keeps you hungry and likely to snack oftenly
  • You keep trying and give up after a few days because you don’t have the motivation to remain committed to the process. 

Also read – Psychology of Weight Loss

If no matter what you do, you can’t lose weight, perhaps one good idea is to rethink your approach. For example, if you tried skipping breakfast, cutting out certain food groups (like fat or carbohydrates), maybe it’s time to try a different approach. The reasons you can’t lose weight are often linked to having the wrong approach and not knowing how to manage yourself during the process. 
Believe it or not, but many people struggle with the question ‘why can’t I lose weight no matter what I do?”. If you are one of them, please accept that there are many other solutions and approaches that do work. You do not have to struggle with this process by yourself — at the end of the day, weight loss is a science, but it also requires the right psychology.

Asked by: Lola C.

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CBT Psychologist / Cognitive Neuroscientist

Teodora is a cognitive neuroscientist with a background in Psychology and Integrative Psychotherapy. She has experience working in clinical trials with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients and adults with various mental health diagnoses. She has an integrative approach towards mental health and aims to help people recognize the importance of physical, emotional, and spiritual health to their overall mental wellness.