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Why am I staying at the same weight?
Why am I staying at the same weight

While losing weight, it may seem that you are no longer able to lose weight while you have not yet reached your target weight. It is like sitting on a plateau or lower weight limit. The only thing that helps is perseverance advices Dietitian Sheela Seharawat of Diet Clinic. You will see that you lose weight again if you continue.

There can be a few reasons that you don't lose weight anymore:

  • A slim body needs fewer calories. For example, it takes less energy to keep your body warm and get it moving after Weight Loss. Your body needs (after losing weight) less food to stay in balance.

  • You may have gained more muscle by exercising. Muscles are denser than fat, and therefore it seems as if you lose less or no more weight.

Weight gain does not only have to be caused by a lack of exercise or a poor diet, although it is essential to comply with this if you want to lose weight. Sometimes you can look for the causes of weight gain in entirely different angles.

Obesity and genes

Obesity appears to be hereditary. So when your parents are both a bit on the heavy side, chances are simply that you will too. Still, much can be changed about this. Only one to two percent of all obesity cases are caused by the genes.


Hormones play a significant role in losing weight. They regulate extremely many processes in your body, so their strength should not be underestimated. Your diet, daily exercise, stress level, and sleep routine all influence the production of hormones that contribute to fat burning or fat build-up. If you eat poorly, exercise a little, stress a lot or sleep poorly, this will have an effect on the production of hormones that store fat. If you eat well, if you exercise enough, if you do not have much stress or if you sleep well, this will, in fact, help you to produce hormones that burn fat.

Slow thyroid gland

Your thyroid is one of the most essential organs in your body in terms of hormone regulation. Certain factors influence your thyroid glands, such as poor nutrition, your lifestyle, or autoimmune diseases. Also, a lack of iodine in your body usually causes a slow thyroid gland. A sluggish thyroid gland, in turn, makes it difficult to lose weight. If you have trouble losing weight, then this may be a problem with your thyroid gland.