Reasons You May Not Be Losing Weight


This article is for those in the proverbial ‘Battle of the Bulge’. Your fitness goals and or motivation may have waned. Don’t fret. Here are some reasons you may not be meeting your goals.

  • Not enough water. Decades of scientific evidence lends to the fact that increased water intake leads to better overall health and weight loss. The human body is made up of at least 70% water. Increased water intake clears up your skin for a healthier look. Water helps regulate your organs and their overall function. Water fills your stomach so you won’t overeat. And lastly, H2O is good for your brain- temperature, function as well as longevity. So drink up.
  • Not training based on your body type. You are not cut from a die-cast mold. Your workout should not be either. Please take some time to find out your body type and what works best for you. The self-proclaimed, self-appointed fitness gurus only want your attention, subscriptions and your money. So be mindful of where you get your information.
  • Going too hard at the gym. Yes. We have all done it. Going hard in the paint past exhaustion. Please understand that you only get one body in this life. Take care of it. You’re going to need it. Overtraining is not a good thing. You expose your central nervous system to a compromised state(illness). You limit any gains you may make in your fitness quest. Plus, you’re eating up time where you could be enjoying life.
  • Not reading labels. Learn to read labels. Not everything labelled as healthy is healthy.
  • Following ‘fitness fiction’. There is literally libraries worth of fitness fallacies out there, ranging from the obviously erratic to the twisted truths that are accepted as ‘fitness gospel’. Educate yourselves on what is factual. Most of all, take note on what works best for you.
  • Neglecting the mind-body link. The mind-body link is based on science and is even supported by several millenia worth of evidence. Besides, this is your fitness quest. Why not tailor it to your needs, down to how you think about it?
  • Taking time off. Yes, this is tantamount to blasphemy in the fitness industry and for gym rats everywhere… but enjoying life is a part of fitness. To be fit should have more to do with quality of life instead of a looks-based assessment as the fitness industry has taught us since the days of Jack LaLanne. Take some time off. Your body will thank you.
  • Yes. Concoctions. No. When people think of supplements, they normally think creatine, protein powders or even steroids. I am talking about vitamins in this case. Taking a good vitamin supplement will do wonders for your body and mind. There are lots of good brands out there to choose from. Choose wisely.
  • Proper form with exercises. Take time to study proper form. You will avoid injury and costly trips to the ER and your doctor. Form is everything.
  • Believe it or not, a well-stretched and ready body is a body ready to take on life. Fitness regimens are a part of life in 2017. Please stretch. Your body will thank you. Readied bodies are less susceptible to strains, sprains and injury. Be patient and get a good deep stretch with full extension of your limbs and trunk.

In closing, I trust these tips will open your eyes to some things you may be missing in your fitness journey. Self-diagnosis and a little self-study can and will make all the difference.


About Author

Kente Bates

OSN Fitness Expert Kente Bates is a personal trainer, writer, and coach. He has been involved in sports and fitness for over 20 years. You can reach him on twitter: @halcyonfg16. His health/fitness blog, Halcyon Fitness Group : and his email (where you can ask questions concerning health, fitness or anything relating):

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