3 Common Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight Easily – Incredible Truth!

3 reasons why you can't lose weight

Nutritionist Dr. Libby Weaver, who helped Hugh Jackman to come to his dream body, now has several tips for you.

Many previously thought that weight loss is simple – you’re getting less calories and you lose weight. However, during his career, this nutritionist met people running marathons and obsessive calories, yet they still have a kilo of excess.

That’s why this nutritionist claims that there are less known reasons why people do not manage to lose weight.

Stay with me and discover what are the common reasons why you can’t lose weight and what should you do to achieve great results.

1. Stress – Mostly the Greatest Culprit

Adequate nutrition and regular physical activity (exercise) should lead you to achievement of your goals, whether your primary goal is to increase bodybuilding or to lose weight, ie, loss of fat deposits.

However, what if, despite this, you do not achieve significant results or the results are completely absent? The guilt could be a more prolonged and / or worse exposure to stressful situations in everyday life.

The extent to which exposure to stress will diminish your progress is an extremely individual issue because not all people respond equally to stressful situations, but in any case exposure to stress has a very negative impact on your results that would not be completely absent or far better if you were not exposed to this an inevitable phenomenon.don't let stress overcome

Stress is a normal part of everyday life and, no matter how hard we try, we can not avoid it.

What you should control is the amount and type of stress and how a particular person tolerates the stressful state.

In other words, if you can not avoid stress, then you must master the way you react to it, ie, you need to learn how to deal with it. A particular problem is long-standing repetitive stress, which inevitably leads to poor fitness results.

Removing stress should be the first step in the weight loss process or in the process of increasing muscle mass (muscular hypertrophy).

The link between stress and obesity has been proven many times so far, and Dr. Weaver argues that this is one of the main reasons why some people fail to lose excess pounds. She even had a client who regularly ran marathons, which exposed her body with so much stress that she was able to gain weight.

When we are exposed to stress, the doctor explains, our body does not use fat as a “fuel”, but uses glucose. That’s why we are looking for sweets when we spend “fuel”.

Also, under stress, hormones produce cortisol, which slows down the metabolism.

Since it is impossible to completely avoid stress, the nutritionist advises you to separate every minute of the day for proper breathing. ” Breathing from the diaphragm relieves stress. Note that your stomach is moving while breathing, not your lungs,” advises Dr. Weaver.

How Stress Affects Weight Loss? (Loss of Fat Tissue)

The latest research has confirmed that stress and thickness go hand in hand, and the mechanism behind this is also known. Clearly, after all, hormones are always behind. Chronic stress induces hormone imbalance and slowing down of metabolism.

Stress provokes the secretion of the cortisol hormone, which stimulates the endocrine system, resulting in a stomach disorder, which can be somewhat improved if food is constantly consumed. Such a “better feeling” in the stomach has a high cost in the form of fatty deposits.

In conclusion, stress causes a “false” feeling of hunger. And not only do you eat more often, than you eat much more than enough to become satiated.

Hormones are also responsible for hunger signals. Ghrelin hormone is responsible for the sense of hunger, and the leptin hormone is responsible for the feeling of satiety. When you are stressed, the body decreases the level of leptin and increases the level of ghrelin. That’s why you eat more and you do not feel satiated. how stress affects you

The result is that you consume a lot more calories than you need, which is why you get fat.

Chronic stress causes not only the feeling that you are constantly hungry, but it also causes hunger for foods rich in fat and sugar.

Stress causes intense cravings, which many then eat more unhealthy foods that are full of empty calories.

High levels of cortisol that your body lights when you are under stress can have a number of adverse side effects.

One of them is the storage of fat in the stomach area. If you are in a state of stress for an extended period of time, it can alter the blood sugar level – which can cause mood swings, fatigue and other illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

When we are stressed, we tend to store more fat, that is, a high level of stress can be associated with a large amount of abdominal fat tissue – which can be associated with heart disease.

The enchanted circle can be interrupted by avoiding stress, changing lifestyle, correct selection of foods, training, etc.

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2. Emotional Overeating – Eating When You Are not Hungry

You can often hear someone gain or lose weight due to stress, while obesity looks a little different. However, it is true that a large number of people are obese precisely for these reasons, and often the problem is emotional overeating.

Emotional overeating involves food intake even when you are not physically hungry, but you eat for the sake of loneliness, depression, jealousy, or food as a reward. We all sometimes eat when we are not hungry, but there are certain signs when you should seriously deal with it.

You will surely notice that the number on the scale is slowly growing, and you are increasingly moving away from the diet that you are used to. Also, it is more likely that in this case you will choose less healthy foods.

Many in these situations are struggling with the truth in the true sense of the word, they are questioned why they can not persevere in any diet, why they return to the old when they lose weight, why they can not resist food, and so on. However, here the focus should not be on the diet, but at work on itself because everything from there comes out.

Dr Weaver says he often asks his clients: “Why are you doing what you do, when you know what you know.”

“Everyone knows that when they eat the whole chocolate after dinner will not do anything good, but this is a consequence of a subconscious feeling,” ‘ I’m not good enough ‘. ”

“We spend all our days with our little successes and failures, we have a bad meeting, a bad day, our colleagues are upset, and then all of these emotions arrive at night when we come home and we just want to feel good again. In that, some people think that food will help them ” says a nutritionist.

The next time you come into temptation to overcome negative feelings with food, remember that feelings have not hurt anyone, they will pass, but the excess food will certainly hurt you, she says.

3. Excessive Loss of Muscle Mass

We would like to think that every kilogram of weight loss is a loss of fatty deposits, but in reality, every weight loss is a combination of losing fat and muscle mass. To get maximum weight loss, you should have maximum fat loss and minimal muscle reduction.

The best way to do this is to include appropriate strength training in your exercise. Without weight exercise, it may be that a significant part of weight loss is loss of muscle, which can reduce the potential of your body to burn as many calories as possible.

To avoid this problem and at the same time lose weight satisfactorily, be sure that you have included weight training in your fitness training exercises.

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  • Michel

    Thank you for this great article, it was really interesting.

    Looking at the reason for not being able to loose weight being stress makes a lot of sense. I find when I am stressed and I go through stages of not sleeping, that is when I tend to put on weight.  I don’t notice myself eating more, but I probably do without realizing it, as I feel I need more energy to get through the day.

    I also definitely feel myself gravitating more towards the unhealthy foods during these times. Luckily these periods never really last more than a week or two, but imagine how skinny I would be if I didn’t have that stress. lol.

    • Daniel

      Well, yes, stress can be a very dangerous not only for our weight but also for mentality. It is obvious that we can not get rid of stress but we should minimize it as much as we can. Sleep is also very important for weight loss process, 8 hours of sleep are recommended to stay healthy.

  • Henry

    Hey Dani! This is another great post! Yeah, I agree with you, we usually think that losing weight is as simple as getting less calories. But factors as stress and emotionally over eating are definitely part of the equation.

    I had not really considered that when we lose weight, we usually lose muscle mass as well. But bearing this in mind, it’s also important to do appropriate exercises as we follow our weight loss program.

    Your post has opened my eyes concerning some basic things I hadn’t been considering. Thank you very much!

  • Micah

    Hello Daniel, thanks for all of your great information.

    I agree that stress and emotional overeating can play a big role in weight gain. I have always found that when I am stressed, my food choices don’t seem to be as nutritious. 

    I have recently tried the ketogenic diet which is a low carb diet. I found it very hard at first to say away from carbs and sugars because they seem to be everywhere, but after a few weeks I could not believe how fast I started to loose weight. What do you think about this and other types of lows carb diets?

    • Daniel

      Honestly, I think that those low-carb diets are good for getting the results in the short period of time but those type of diets should not be our main goal. We should be more focused on changing our lifestyle and introduce healthy food in our daily menu as well as regular exercise, only in that way we will stay healthy and lose weight.

  • Shy

    I agree that stress affects weightloss in so many ways.  If you are so stressed out not only is your body working against you but you end up eating because you are trying to fix the stress, somehow.  You can get so stressed that it affects your motivation and you don’t want to exercise.Other emotions also end up covered up with food.  Sometimes that seems like the only thing that you can do about the situation.  When you’re depressed there doesn’t seem to be much you can do about it at the time so you just turn to food to help.  

    • Daniel

      That is true. Most people often turn on food but that is big mistake. It is better to do some exercise like walking or cycling even just get out on fresh air, everything is better than sitting and eating.

  • Chrissie Spurgeon

    Your post is so helpful to anyone who is trying to lose weight.

    Even if it has not happened to ourselves, I’m sure we all know people who say that they have been trying so hard to lose weigh, but have just not succeeded, and they could not understand why that was.

    Your explanation that in all probability that inability is due to stress makes total sense, and your description of why that should be so and the effects that stress has on your body are really useful to know, as then it is possible to go some way to remedying the situation.

    As you say, the first step is to identify the cause of your stress. You may not even have realised that you were stressed, so that step is very important. And I love your advice to use diaphragmic breathing, which is so good in many ways.

    Would you also recommend meditation to alleviate stress?

    And of course it is really important that people realise that losing weight is unlikely to happen unless you take exercise.

    Thank you so much for this information

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Daniel

      You are definitely right Chrissie. As for the meditation, everything is better than overeating. Exercise is very important for weight loss but also for reducing the stress so introducing training in daily activities is crucial for normal and healthy life.

  • Wayne

    Hi, Daniel.  I enjoyed reading your post and I think I learned something today.  Some of this information is not new to me but the idea of looking inward and figuring out what triggers my “EXTRA” eating is a new concept to me.

    This is easy for me.  My biggest “Fail” is the lunch room at work.  I work for a grocery/department store and there is quite often pastries or other high sugar foods sitting on the tables.  It’s always there during a staff meeting.

    Bottom line, I end up eating more than I should.  The only good thing is that, the job I do is quite physical and is probably the only reason I only weigh 193 instead of well over 200 LBS.

    My wife also struggles with weight loss especially since her last surgery some time ago. I think most of her problem is stress, mostly from work. She eats, we eat very healthy at home but her job is sit down and, for various reasons she is not able to do too much physical exercise.

    Of course, this all falls within the parameters of your post and I want to thank you for giving us some ideas for solutions to the issues we face.  We, as individuals and people as a whole must pay attention to what we eat and how much we eat and, in particular, we must make a point of getting out and exercising.  Walking, resistance training and proper diet as well as stress reduction should all be a part of our everyday routine.

    I’m no expert when it comes to health management but, after reading you post, I think stress may be the most major contributer to the other reasons for weight gain.

  • Ngonidzashe Manzwangani

    Great, loved your explanation on the combination between weight lose and and muscles lose, very true if you give too much attention to weight lose and you don’t maintain your muscles by training, then you will not like the results.

     On emotional overeating, I am one victim , in the past, when I was depressed, I would just drive to the nearest food outlet, buy a lot of different foods and start eating. Little did I knew it was affecting my healthy, thank you so much.

    I had a lot of takeaways from your article.

    • Daniel

      I honestly think that we all are a victims of emotional overeating. Everyday job, family, friends etc. everything affects us and I know how hard is it to fight against it but we must fight. Because of stress we can not only gain weight but also provoke many diseases (heart diseases, diabetes, cancer) and I think that it is not worth it so reduce stress to the minimum.

  • Jayde Butcher

    yeah I agree stress makes it super difficult to achieve your weight goals, when it goes against a lot of what you are trying to achieve and in the end you just feel like giving up on the never ending battle with yourself. However I feel exercising helps release a lot of stress hormones in your body. 

    • Daniel

      That’s right Jayde, exercise is most important factor when it comes to weight loss but also for releasing stress. Most people often run for food when they are depressed and that is big mistake which leads to weight gain.

  • Rich-allee

    Yep as a nutritionist myself I can agree with these. I’d also add that a persons mindset can play a big role in the inability to lose weight, as sometimes weight can actually be the result of repressed emotional traumas. So the person might lose the weight initially, but it’ll come back worse later on. So I think there is also something to be said about the deeper psychological aspects as well. It’s a great and informative article though. 

    • Daniel

      Thank you Rich, I agree with you. People should work more on their mindset and understand that weight loss is a long-term process and that there is no shortcuts.

  • Samson Oklobia

    I am glad i read this article as the third point was specifically for me. I have been trying to get a balance between weight loss and muscle loss and it has been a struggle for me. Most of the time we work out, we tend to ignore this vital information and it gets it done wrongly. I really hope to put myself on the right path soon enough. Thanks Daniel, for this great article.

  • Christine

    Hi Daniel, really interesting article. I have a tendency to put weight on round my middle and stress definitely makes it worse. I am glad that the intense cravings are really due to stress and not just me being weak willed, the science behind it is really interesting.

    My strategy is to give it an hour – quite often I have managed to talk myself round, sometimes I fail though and then end up feeling worse in the end. Interestingly, I have friends who lose weight when they are stressed because they lose their appetites. 

    What I have taken on board is that doing some strength training will help me lose weight, I have always focussed on cardio, thinking burning the calories would be better for my weight loss. Many thanks for giving me the push I needed.

    • Daniel

      You are doing good Christine. It is very important that we find some way to release stress because it can lead to some more diseases and that is something we don’t want to happen. Combining weight training with cardio is the best solution.

      • Christine

        Thanks Daniel, after I got back from my morning walk I did some lunges, squats and tried a few press-ups. Not much -but I am committed to building a few minutes in every day as a start.

  • Ben

    Everything makes a lot of sense in your article. I have been under stress lately, and it’s got out of control. Because of that, I have been gaining a lot of weight – fortunately I was way too thin – but I know I have to stop to rely on food to make me feel better. Actually, thank you for your article. If I have your article in mind, I should be able to control more my behaviour and therefore get better. Have a great day!


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