It is commonly accepted that being overweight is unhealthy and can lead to further, more serious problems later in life. However, losing weight is not always as simple as the advertisements make it out to be. It can sometimes feel like the media is bombarding you with strict dietary regimes and guidelines to follow in a way that just ends up being too confusing to follow.

People want to lose weight for a variety of reasons. It could be a short-term reason, such as an upcoming holiday or occasion, or for the longer term, such as when a person is receiving medical advice. Many want and need to lose weight but still struggle to do so. Recent research has shown that more people are trying to lose weight (almost 48% of adults in the UK are trying), but many do not even know their calorie intake.

Why are so many people struggling to lose weight, even when they are following diets? Here are five reasons why they are unable to make progress in losing weight.

Poor eating patterns

Most people have some idea of what they should or should not eat, but not as many are aware of the importance of when you should eat. Studies have shown that irregular meal times can hamper attempts to lose weight. It may be because of your work schedule or just your personal preference, but if you are not following a daily meal routine, you could inadvertently add to your problems.

Ongoing health problems

A large proportion of people trying to lose weight are doing it for health reasons, but it could be an underlying medical condition that is making it difficult to consistently lose weight and may even be adding to the problem. The function of a thyroid can result in several health problems, so a thyroid hormone function test will tell you whether your struggles with weight loss are linked to your thyroid’s performance.

Dietary confusion

While a lot of people trying to lose weight know that they will have to follow a diet, it is surprising that they might misunderstand how they need to go about it. With a seemingly never-ending stream of new wonder diets on the market, you may feel like you should follow the latest fad. However, it is far more important to realize what works for you and cater your diet and exercise regime to your individual needs. Take inspiration from these diets, but do allow for a little alteration.

Family history

Although it should never be an excuse for not even attempting to lose weight, some of the reasons for some people being heavier than others is simply because of biology and genetics. There are those who are genetically predisposed to being more overweight, and this can obviously influence attempts to lose that weight. Finding out more about your family history can tell you if you need to change the way you are looking after your health and what you need to do to successfully lose weight.

Concentrating on the wrong numbers

Monitoring the number of calories that you put into your body – and how many you are burning off in the gym – is all well and good, but concentrating on these numbers could be a reason why you are finding it difficult to lose some of that weight. When you prioritize health goals as the main factors behind your attempts to lose weight, you are more likely to be successful. Thinking about the numbers all the time can have a depressing and demoralizing effect that can ultimately end up being the reason for quitting your diet.

The main thing to remember when it comes to dieting and losing weight is that you do so in a healthy and sustainable manner. You may see TV shows and advertisements that promise amazing weight loss, but you need to find a routine that works for you and makes you feel good. Whatever the reason is for you trying to lose weight, the end goal should be that you become happier in being yourself and hopefully living a much healthier life in the process.

It is a struggle to find that perfect weight, and you should realize that there are many reasons for that. If you can identify the reasons why you haven’t lost weight in the past, you’re on the path towards future success. Sometimes all you need is to do is change the way you think about dieting and weight loss.