This question is what has been perplexing scientists, nutritionists, dietitians, and personal trainers for what seems like eons. The reason why most people find it difficult to lose weight and keep the pounds from coming back on is because losing weight is a complex problem. Many factors contribute to your bodyweight: genetic, metabolic, psychological, behavioral, cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic factors. Out of all these factors, only one is not modifiable--namely genetic. All of the other factors can be changed favorably in order to lose bodyweight and maintain your weight for a long-term duration (i.e., more than two years).
In order to understand what may be preventing you from losing weight, it would help to understand what may be causing weight gain. Weight gain is basically caused by excessive calorie consumption and lack of exercise. Here's a list of the key factors which contribute to weight gain in most people:
Here are 20 keys to healthy weight loss:
BOTTOM LINE: To lose weight and keep from gaining bodyweight, you need to follow a lifestyle of eating healthy foods in moderation and exercising regularly. This means following a diet that you can maintain for the long term.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.