How Come I Can’t Lose Weight?

By on February 15, 2013

How come i can't lose weightWeight loss is one of the most common goals people have in deciding what they want to change about themselves.

There are countless diets, weight loss plans, and strategies for enabling weight loss and developing a more healthful lifestyle. However, for many this is not working, and if you’re one of them, chances are that you’re asking, “how come I can’t lose weight?”

Unfortunately, much of what we’re told by fad diets is heavily-influenced by large, extremely wealthy food corporations.


Fortunately, we’re going to talk about what science truly justifies today, uninfluenced by the large food corporations.

Most common answers to the question “how come I can’t lose weight?”


Too Much Sugar (Or Foods That Turn Into Sugar)

One of the most common reasons that people cannot lose weight is that they are consuming too much sugar. This is one of the reasons that keeping the weight off in the long run can be particularly difficult.

People want to go back to all of their old eating habits, which often include a high concentration of sugar. Sugar results in increased inflammation throughout the body as well as increased dehydration and a general slowing of the metabolism.

Even at your ideal weight, you should avoid consuming sugar, or simple foods that quickly turn into sugar. Fruits such as berries and apples may be consumed moderately, but you should not eat these on an empty stomach. This can actually increase the acidity in your stomach and further increase the effect that the sugar will have on you.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (from has released several articles detailing the importance of reducing or eliminating sugar. While many of his studies have focused on the powerful effects that can come about through reducing sugar and carbohydrates in treating heart disease, diabetes, and the like, he also discusses the manner in which sugar consumption can prevent people from actually losing weight, even when they are eating less calories than are advised.

Inadequate Sleep Levels

Both sleeping too long and sleeping too little triggers the release of hormones which increase the appetite and decrease the metabolism in certain individuals. Various studies have been conducted and found definitively that lack of sleep can result in weight gain as presented through studies published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and presented at the American Heart Association.

Too much sleep is not as likely to result in weight gain as too little sleep, but various studies have found that individuals who are inclined to sleep excessively are also more likely to gain weight.

The ideal amount of sleep per night is approximately 7 – 8 hours. However, you must remember that the exact amount that you need will depend on you. You may require more or less. Experiment to learn precisely what your body needs.


Dehydration is another reason that you cannot lose weight. Hunger pangs sometimes signal that the body needs water. In most cases, by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Dehydration then leads to the body slowing the metabolism since water is essential for functioning and processing energy.

The lack of water can also make you feel sluggish, and it will make your muscles more likely to tear when you work out. All of this combined makes it less likely that you will move at all as well as slow your metabolism and make you more likely to give in to food cravings.

The general standard of 64 ounces a day is good advice in general. However, remember that the actual amount that you need will vary based on your size. For individuals who live in drier climates or who struggle with dehydration on a regular basis, it may be necessary to increase the minimum amount of water consumption to 72 or 86 ounces in a day.


These are only three of the possible reasons that you might be unable to lose weight. So before you ask again, “how come I can’t lose weight,” make sure that you have addressed all of these issues.

They are far more common than thyroid issues or hormonal imbalances, and they have the added benefit of being side effect free. If these don’t work though, you may find that you have other issues that need to be addressed.

Regardless, you should check out this site for more information on why you might not be able to lose weight and strategies for turning that cycle around.





Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Low Grain and Carbohydrate Diets Treat Hypoglycemia, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer, and Nearly All Chronic Illness,” Mercola, (2012).

“Sleep is Integral to Weight Loss, Study Suggests,” Huffington Post, (2012).



About JessicaBFry

Jessica B. Fry has had a passion for writing and health since she was a child. In college, she studied Writing and Pre-Law as a double major before she went on to Regent University to obtain her J.D. She now practices law and works as a freelance writer in rural Indiana where she enjoys being with beloved family, friends, and pets. In her spare time, she works on graphology, writes short stories, and practices knife throwing. She and her husband enjoy exploring Indiana and the surrounding states in their free time and hope to one day complete a trip through every single one.
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