5 Reasons Why So Many People Fail at Weight Loss

, 5 Reasons Why So Many People Fail at Weight Loss, Dr. Nicolle

Hi! Welcome to Fit, Food, and Fun Fridays! Today we’ll talk about the most common reasons why people fail at weight loss. Many people hesitate to take that first step toward weight loss because of so many fears. There are others who have tried losing weight, but their reward is the same weight even after trying all kinds of weight loss methods. One of the reasons this happens is ‘weight loss resistance.’


Why do people fail in losing weight? This article aims to highlight some common reasons why people fail at achieving their weight loss goals. It is discouraging to see so many people try to shed fat and wholeheartedly follow advice for weight loss, but are still unable to get the results they want.

, 5 Reasons Why So Many People Fail at Weight Loss, Dr. Nicolle

1. Unrealistic Goals

In weight loss, it is vital that you have clear, attainable goals to success. Many people give up when the reality is far from their expectations. This is especially true when their efforts require time and a lot of perseverance. The way to overcome this is to set short, realistic goals.


2. Eating as a Coping Mechanism

Eating has to be pleasurable; however, many people make the mistake of using it as a coping mechanism when they are sad or stressed. This is unhealthy because it can lead to eating becoming a compulsive habit. Being mindful is essential to getting out of emotional eating and making rational choices to meet the true needs of your body.


3. Falling Prey to Fad Diets

People are always looking for quick fixes and the same applies to weight loss. Fad diets and starvation diets fall into this “quick fix” category. This is not the way to lose weight because they fail to take into account the complexity of the body. You may think that not eating will help you lose weight but in truth, it sends your body into starvation mode where it begins storing more fat!


4. Physiological Problems

There may be underlying physiological issues as to why you are not losing weight, even though you are sure you are doing everything right. If you suspect there might be something going on, get yourself checked so that functional medicine may step in to fix it. You may not be losing weight for a variety of reasons, such as gut problems, hormonal imbalances, or thyroid issues, all of which can be treated with medication.


5. Weight Loss as Your Ultimate Goal

People often make the mistake of believing weight loss to be the end goal. It should not be. If your goal is only to lose weight, you are more prone to going after those “€œquick fixes,”€ because losing weight is the only thing they promise, and it is rarely in a healthy way. Weight gain is often not the root problem; it is a symptom of a more serious problem that you should direct your efforts toward, such as stress or an unhealthy lifestyle. The end goal should not be to lose weight but to improve your health.


Knowing the possible reasons why you cannot lose weight will help you figure out how to tackle the issue and achieve the healthier body you have always wanted.

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, 5 Reasons Why So Many People Fail at Weight Loss, Dr. Nicolle


I really wanted to talk about this topic today because the overweight and obesity epidemic is at an all-time high! We are a fat society and it’s killing us prematurely. Not only do I truly believe that you have the power to lose weight to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of obesity so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.


I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some of your chronic diseases. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.


Weight Monitoring

Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).


Physical Activity

Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.


I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.



Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.


Resistance Training

Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.


Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.


Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.


Stay healthy,


Dr. Nicolle


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