Tape Measure on a Set of Scales

It’s always upsetting when you think you're doing all you can to lose weight and get healthy, only to find that the scales aren’t moving as you expected them to but it is a really common thing to happen.

If this is a scenario that sounds all too familiar to you, then there are a number of things that could be preventing you from losing as much weight as you think you should, including the following:

You are losing weight after all

Many people think they aren’t losing weight because the scale isn’t moving, but what is actually happening is that they are losing fat while gaining muscle. If you are eating right and exercising a lot, it may be worth monitoring your body fat percentage for a truer picture of your health.


If you are obese, then losing weight is much more difficult than it would be for someone who is merely overweight. Your chances of losing weight when obese are significantly diminished, which is why it is often suggested that gastric sleeve surgery might be a better option for you to take. If you’re obese and you aren’t losing weight, talk to your doctor about your options.

You are eating more than you think

You might think that you are making healthy choices but many goods, even salads, contain more calories than you might think, Only by tracking every single morsel on an app like MyFitnessPal, can you be sure that you are actually in a big enough calories deficit to lose weight at a steady rate.

You aren't getting enough sleep

If you do not get a good night’s sleep most nights, then it could be preventing you from losing weight, and maybe even causing you to put weight on. This is because when you do not get enough sleep, your body is not able to carry out many f the processes needed to regulate your health, and this is why poor sleepers are 89 percent more likely to be obese than people who have no trouble sleeping.

You're eating the wrong things

Yes, you should be able to lose weight simply by maintaining a calorie deficit, even if you eat nothing but fast food all the time, however, numerous studies have found a potential link between what you eat and how much weight you can lose. It seems that the more whole foods you eat, the more likely you are to lose weight on the same calorie deficit as if you ate nothing but junk, So, clean up your diet and see if your weight loss improves as a result.

You're drinking your calories

If you drink anything other than water or unsweetened tea, you're drinking calories and they could screw up your weight loss more than you might think.

If you think that any of these things are preventing you from losing as much weight as you would like, now that you know they are an issue for you you can hopefully change them and get those scales back moving again.

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