Weight loss is not only about exercise and diet control

You have been sweating it out in the gym day in and day out. And as for the diet? Well, nobody could be more diligent than you are! You eschew the bad stuff (read anything tasty!) and determinedly eat only dietician-approved meals and snacks. Yet, your weight loss journey frustrates you as you struggle to lose the kilos.

Yes, losing weight is one of the hardest things to do, and it is not just about your exercise and food. There are several other factors that impact weight loss. Here are some of them.


Water retention

Some people have a tendency to retain water, which can make the weight loss plan go awry. If you are prone to water retention, stay away from salty and fatty food. Make it a point to limit your sodium intake. Do not make the mistake of assuming that because you retain water, you should drink less of it. You need to do quite the opposite. Drink plenty of water and healthy fluids. Remember, the more water you drink, the less your body will retain it.

Digestion issues

Your digestive system is one of the most important determinants of the success of your weight loss plan. If it is not functioning optimally, you will encounter difficulties with weight loss. If you suffer from chronic constipation, take medical advice to solve the problem. A good home remedy is drinking warm water with olive oil, honey and turmeric first thing in the morning. Remember to include plenty of fibre in your diet.


Mental stress has been identified as one of the leading causes of weight gain and obesity. People who work long hours, sleep less, and do not take time off to relax are much more likely to be stressed and overweight. Unfortunately, stress is a part of modern life. Domestic issues, trouble at work, cut-throat professional competition, health issues, financial matters, relationship issues – everything causes stress. But some people are more prone to stress than others. As a result, their body is constantly under attack, with stress hormones and chemicals flooding their system. Stress leads to elevated cortisol levels that wreak havoc with your system, negatively impacting almost every bodily function. It not only causes you to gain weight, it also prevents you from losing it.

Lack of mirco-nutrients

If you are working hard to lose weight and yet not making much progress, the reason could be an insufficient intake of micro-nutrients, such as essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Micro-nutrients are essential for optimizing the body’s metabolic functions and processes. A lack of these essential nutrients can have long-term consequences, including low metabolism, which will impact your weight loss.


If you have a family history of being over-weight, it will be more difficult for you to shed the kilos. Your genes play an important role in how you break down calories and store fat. However, while it is difficult to lose weight if your genetics is stacked against you, it is not impossible to do so. You just have to work harder.



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