Five Possible Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

May 17, 2023by Gillian Alexis
Losing Weight

Five Possible Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

Losing weight can be a challenging journey, and sometimes, despite your best efforts, you may not see the results you want. If you’re struggling to lose weight, don’t worry; there may be several reasons why you’re not seeing progress.

In this article, we’ll discuss five possible reasons why you’re potentially not losing weight and provide solutions to help you get back on track.

Of course this is general advice but it is always best to speak to a weight loss specialist to discuss your particular situation and treatment plan.

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#1 You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is crucial for weight loss, and lack of sleep can have a significant impact on your efforts to lose weight.


  • Sleep deprived people tend to favour food groups that are high in carbohydrates and calories.
  • Having poor sleep is associated with increased oxidative stress, raised blood sugar intolerance which can lead to diabetes and insulin resistance.
  • Longer time awake may increase eating opportunities, and
  • Sleeping less disrupts circadian rhythms
  • Lack of sleep often equates to lack of energy resulting in less energy for exercise

The doctors will ask these sorts of habits and behaviours in order to offer a treatment plan.
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#2 You’re Not Eating Enough Protein

Protein is a crucial macronutrient that can help you lose weight by reducing your appetite and boosting your metabolism.


  • Eating more protein is more satisfying than carbohydrates, allowing you to feel fuller for longer periods of time.
  • When one feels fuller we have a tendency to reduce our calorie intake.
  • As we age people lose muscle mass. Protein is necessary to build muscle
  • Protein keeps maintain the stability of your blood sugars

#3 You’re Not Tracking Your Food Intake

Tracking your food intake may not help you stay on track with your weight loss goals.


  • Tracking daily calories can be a tool for weight loss but it is important to make sure you are fuelling it correctly. Food requirements for the body are more than just calories.
  • Tracking your calorie intake accurately is time consuming and difficult. It is very hard to know how many calories are in the food you are eating as it depends on portion sizes.
  • When things become a chore it can also lead to avoidant behaviour which could lead to eating disorders
  • Some experience feelings of guilt, shame or anxiety. When this happens you should consult an online doctor to discuss your weight loss habits.

#4 You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

Drinking enough water is crucial for weight loss, and dehydration can hinder your weight loss efforts.


  • Drinking water can help burn calories and reduce hunger cravings.
  • Drinking water increases the amount of calories you burn, which is known as resting energy expenditure
  • Studies have shown that drinking water before a meal reduces appetite.
  • Gaining weight may also be a sign of dehydration.

#5 You’re Not Seeking Professional Help

If you’re struggling to lose weight, seeking professional help can be beneficial.


  • Only GPs and specialists should guide you on weight loss treatment plans particularly when prescribing medications or referring for bariatric surgery.
  • You can conduct your consultations with your GP who can advise you about losing weight safely for eg: eating a healthy, balanced diet and regular physical activity.
  • A GP can also connect you with community weight loss groups, exercise programs and any government assisted and funded programs.
  • As weight loss and its causes are complex ranging from inherited biological factors, or a general social and psychosocial and environmental factors It is important to take a detailed history to understand and be provided with a range of tools and strategies to address a tailored approach.
  • An online doctor provides a convenient way to sometimes speak about these issues in the privacy of your own home.


Losing weight can be challenging, but it’s essential to understand why you’re not seeing progress and take safe steps to address the issue. By improving your sleep, increasing your protein intake, understanding your food intake, drinking enough water, and seeking professional help, you can get back on track with your weight loss journey.

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