4 Reasons You’re NOT Losing weight Whilst Dieting

By | March 21, 2018

How frustrating is it when you’re not losing weight whilst dieting? How many times have you tried a diet? Well, in this article we give you 4 reasons you’re not losing weight whilst dieting!

In fact, these 4 reasons are super common and easy to overcome. To put it differently, that unsightly fat doesn’t stand a chance once you know these 7 pitfalls!

How Much Do You Really Know About Weight Loss?

Generally speaking, most people don’t know enough. After all, there is so much conflicting information that even us experts become confused!

One major problem is misinformation. Moreover, information that is misleading or disguised as healthy. How many times have you seen packaging labeled as diet? As a result, you don’t bother to check the rest of the packaging.

Do you know your daily calorie intake? We don’t mean the standard generic guidelines, we mean your personal calorie intake for effective weight loss that suits you. Don’t worry if you don’t, we will give you a winning formula later!

Also, we reckon nobody has ever told you about the deadly three hormones! In order to lose weight you really need to understand these three hormones. Again, we will get to these further down in the article.

4 Reasons You’re NOT Losing Weight Whilst Dieting

Below, you will find 4 common reasons you’re failing to lose weight whilst dieting. Let us know if you relate to any of these dieting traps in the comments at the bottom of the page.

#1 You’re eating healthier but the scales stay the same!

Unfortunately, this is all too common and one of the biggest demotivators known to dieters. So whats going wrong? Firstly, you need to look at what you’re eating. Secondly, how much are you eating?

Example – An apple has 85 calories and so does some chocolate bars. Whats the difference? They both have the same calories! The difference is this……

You’re aware the chocolate bar is a “bad” choice so you limit yourself. However, its the opposite for the apple as its a “healthy” choice. Therefore, you don’t limit yourself and eat more healthy choices. Thus, consuming more calories.

4 reasons your not losing weight whilst dieting

Beat the scales like this…

Continue eating healthier. However, be aware of the calories especially in snacks. Moreover, try and eat more fibrous food. Eating more fibrous food will ensure you eat less resulting in fewer calories consumed throughout the day.

#2 You’re doing the same as everyone else!

If you’re not losing weight whilst dieting this could be why. At the present time, billions of people are trying to lose weight some succeed some fail. In fact, you’ve got friends and family who have recommended a weight loss group or programme that worked for them and not you.

Why? It’s quite simple really, you’re not everyone else.  You’re unique and so should the approach you take. Take Weight Watchers for example. Millions of people have had success right?

Equally, millions of people have failed. each person who goes to Weight Watchers gets the same plan to follow. of course, there will be many successes with such high volumes. However, the company isn’t going to shout about all the failures.

How to beat the scales…

Remember the secret formula we said we would expose earlier? In short, this formula will work 100% of the time. It doesn’t matter if you want to lose a few pounds or several pounds.

Have you ever heard of Basel Metabolic Rate? How about metabolism? You’ve more than likely heard of the latter. In brief, we are going to work out the right amount of calories you need for your personal weight.

See below, for your formula –

  • If you’re a man, your BMR is equal to: 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years). Example, if you’re 170 pounds, 5’11”, and 43, your BMR is 66 + (6.23 x 170) + (12.7 x 71) – (6.8 x 43) = 1,734.4 calorie


  • If you’re a woman, your BMR is equal to: 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years). Example, if you’re 130 pounds, 5’3”, and 36, your BMR is 665 + (4.35 x 130) + (4.7 x 63) – (4.7 x 36) = 1,357.4 calories

This is how many calories your body burns without lifting a single finger. In fact, BMR is also known as resting metabolic rate. Heres the magic part. All you have to do is take the final figure and reduce by 500.

This will now put you in a calorie deficit and your body will start to burn fat. Remember, as you lose weight you will need to re-visit this formula to keep it effective.

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#3  You’re fat burning hormone is broken!

We can almost certainly guarantee you haven’t been told how important your hormones are for burning fat! In fact, your broken hormone system could be the sole reason for not losing weight.

There are three hormones that you need to fix

  • Leptin
  • Grehlin
  • Cortisol

On balance, they are equally as important. However, for weight loss, we need to fix your leptin levels. Moreover, if your overweight you maybe leptin resistant!

What is leptin?

Leptin is otherwise known as the starvation hormone. Leptin is produced in fat cells and signals to our brain when we have enough stored fat.

The problem arises when we become overweight. The more fat cells we have the more leptin we produce. Thus, our body builds up resistance.

Leptin has two primary functions

  1.  Stops you overeating
  2.  Stops you from starving

As mentioned above, this system can become “broken”. Once this system is broken your body no longer sends the right signals to your brain. Therefore, you overeat and pile on weight.

What about the other two hormones?

Being overweight causes higher levels of cortisol. Cortisol is your stress hormone. High levels of cortisol increase sugar cravings due to insulin production. Furthermore, high levels of cortisol will affect your sleep leading to a broken ghrelin system.

On the other hand, you have grehlin. Grehlin is an appetite increaser and the hormone is produced in the stomach.

As you can see, these three hormones can be deadly to any weight loss attempt. Being overweight causes your cortisol to rise and your leptin to break. In return your produce less grehlin. Then end result, You literally don’t know when to stop eating.

How to beat the scales…

Fixing these broken systems is easier than you think.  In fact, follow these five rules by  Byron J. Richards, Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a charter member of the IAACN

  1. Never eat after dinner
  2. Eat three meals a day
  3. Do not eat large meals
  4. Eat breakfast containing protein
  5. Reduce carbohydrates

As shown above, these rules will fix your broken leptin system and bring you to a desirable weight. At that point, you can relax the rules.

#4 You’re confusing hunger for thirst!

Yes, this is a thing! To repeat, your confusing hunger for thirst. The confusion arises due to the signals form from the same part of the brain.

As a result, we head for something to eat instead of something to drink. Hence, we overeat and gain weight.

Check out our article does drinking water help you lose weight?

Signs of dehydration –

  • Increased thirst.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Weakness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
  • Confusion.
  • Sluggishness, even fainting.
  • Inability to sweat.
  • Dark urine

How to beat the scales…

Before heading to the snack cupboard drink some water. Test it out. In fact,  drinking more water  will keep you full for longer. Furthermore, by drinking two liters of water per day you burn an extra 96 calories.

In two studies, drinking half a liter (17 ounces) of water was shown to increase metabolism by 24-30% for up to 1.5 hours ( 1)

Not only will drinking more help you lose weight whilst dieting it will make you feel great too.

The last word on 4 Reasons You’re NOT Losing Weight Whilst Dieting

We understand how frustrating it can be when your not losing weight. Especially when you think you’re doing everything right.

We highly recommend you take the struggle out of dieting and follow a good diet plan such as the 3-week diet by Brian Flatt.

These 4 reasons you’re not losing weight whilst dieting are easy to fix. Go on, give it a go and let us know if you found this article useful by commenting below.


10 thoughts on “4 Reasons You’re NOT Losing weight Whilst Dieting

  1. Maddy

    Good article 🙂 I have tried to lose weight so many times, and never completely succeeded. I have tried eating half as much as in quantity as I normally would, and it took 6 months to lose 15 lbs. I was starving and unhappy all the time. I have tried Protein shakes to replace meals, again, starving all the time. I have tried supplements, notta… I am trying again, because the extra 40lbs I am carrying is hard on my damaged knees. I switched to high protein and moderate fat meals and no eating after supper. I have lost about 7 lbs in the last week or so. Instead of bread, I use homemade pancakes made primarily with almond flour/meal. No cookies, cakes, candy,soda… no sugar if I can help it. Every now and then, I splurge on ice cream 🙂 So far so good 🙂 My urges to snack are minimal. I do have to remind myself to drink water though, as you said, hunger signals are often caused by thirst.

    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Hi Maddy,

      It’s awesome that you have lost 7lbs in the last week. You have definitely made a good choice swapping your macronutrients (carbs, protein and fats)

      I have no doubt if you continue your lifestyle in this manner you will have no problems in losing more weight. A good way to remind yourself to drink more water is to set a timer at regular intervals on your phone. Or, an old school trick is to get a 2-liter bottle and attach five rubber bands. Each time of you have 1/5 of the water remove an elastic band.

  2. Huzefa

    Dieting is only helpful when you follow a fix diet with the help of a nutritionist or dietician.. Very true facts stated in the article about why you dnt loose weight inspite of dieting.. At time you need to do exercises also alomg with dieting to loose weight… It all depends on your BMI and you daily routine..

    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Hi Huzefa,

      Your right about exercising. You will lose weight faster and is certainly better for you. However, you can lose weight through diet alone. Also, I don’t pay much attention to BMI. Reason being, it only takes height and weight into account. By the same token, this would make elite athletes such as heavyweight boxers, football players etc morbidly obese

  3. Jill

    Hi Steven, Thank you for this great advice on losing weight. Will try to stick to the healthy eating. Have found this rather hard to do since my husband went into Frail Care and I hate cooking just for myself. Will have to make an effort as know that am not eating properly now. It was much more fun to cook when all the family were around.
    Your post was so well thought out and easy to follow.
    Good to have a wake up call.
    Best wishes.

    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Hi Jill,

      Sorry to hear about your husband! However, taking care of yourself should be priority number 1. I say this as if you’re in better condition you can be there for your husband as your energy levels and moods will be in a better place.

  4. Patrick Hughes

    I need to lose some weight as I have been pretty dormant recently with all the transactions transpiring in my life right now. I was about to go on a diet and this post really helped me avoid some landmines I probably will encounter along the way. Thank you!

    1. Steven Varley Post author

      Hi Patrick,

      That’s the thing with life ain’t it. We always put ourselves second! In reality, if we was to look after ourselves first everything else would take care of its self

  5. Matt

    This makes complete sense why so many people struggle to lose weight, despite their efforts. I seem to have leveled off, and this may explain why I can’t get the rest of the way to my target. Thank you!


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