Dieting doing you no good? If your weight simply won’t budge in spite of your strict eating plan, it’s time to figure out why. Read about why diets fail. 

Stress at work

#1 Stress 

The link between stress and obesity is now well proven, scientifically. High stress levels inhibit weight loss by triggering the excessive release of a hormone called cortisol, in the body.

Since cortisol increases cravings for sugary and fatty foods, you end up eating too many foods in this group. Also, your body stores more fat.

#2 Hormone Imbalance

For lasting weight loss, fat needs to be released from your fat cells, and burned for energy. This is a complex process that depends on many metabolic hormones being in balance (e.g. Insulin, thyroid hormones, cortisone).

So, if other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, or leptin (your hunger hormone) are out of whack, these will  hinder weight loss. Until your hormones are in balance, you won’t be able to lose weight effectively.

Low quality calorie intake

#3 Low quality calorie intake

Research shows that calories aside, it’s the kind of food you eat that determine why diets fail.  High quality food VS low quality food with equal calories impact your weight loss efforts differently.

For instance, eating a small portion of almonds instead of a cookie – with the same number of calories- impacts your body differently.  The cookie creates a sugar spike, affecting your metabolism adversely, unlike the nuts.

That’s why it’s important to pay as much attention to the quality of food, as it is to the quantity.

Lack of sleep. Poor sleep.

#4 Lack of adequate sleep 

Believe it or not, sleep deprivation may very well be slowing down your weight loss efforts. The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher your levels of the hormone cortisol.

Consequently, your appetite will shoot up, and you’ll end up eating more sugary and fatty foods. In fact, studies show that sleep deprived people tend to eat on average 300 calories more each day.

Adequate water intake.

#5 Not drinking enough water

Keeping well hydrated is essential for good health. If your water intake is low, you won’t be able to flush out all the toxins that your body accumulates naturally. Also, dehydration can feel like hunger, and drive you to eat too much. Too little water intake is one reason why diets fail.

So, just make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day, between meals. Ditch those sugary and fizzy drinks and stick to water, or even coconut water, lemonade, or lassi.

#6 Your living environment

You may not have considered this, but your environment really counts, when it comes to maintaining an exercise routine. For example, you probably don’t step out for a walk if you live on the main road, or in a bustling market area.

But don’t let this hamper your enthusiasm: consider a home workout, or look for a gym nearby.