Are you having a difficult time to lose weight? From dieting, cortisol, thyroid and others, following are our top ten reasons why you are falling into the same weight loss trap and how to fix it.

Since the release of my weight loss eBook, many of you have emailed in to share your struggle to lose weight. Though the eBook provides you with detailed guide to control your diet and calories, following are some of the possible reasons you are not losing weight.

  1. 1.

    Body Type: Or more specifically your body mass which is the percentage of lean muscle mass your body has. The higher ur body mass the higher your metabolism is. That is why those thin folks remain that way no matter what they eat.

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    Not Enough Sleep: The exact reason behind this is unknown but if you don’t get your 7-8 hours of sleep, this may affect your cortisol hormones (more about this later), making you more lethargic. Hence you burn few calories.

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    Too much stress: Stress releases adrenaline but most importantly also cortisol (again!). Cortisol increases your appetite and adds fat storage around your abdominal area. Make an effort to keep your stress in check and balance your life!

  4. 4.

    Lack of consistency: Sure you diet for 12 weeks a year but what about the remaining 40 weeks! Make sure you are consistent with your nutrition and exercise. Make sure you do more good than bad to keep the weight off for good.

  5. 5.

    Holidays and weekends are a killer: Most people blow their diet and weight loss initiatives during holidays and weekends.

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    Cortisol: Stress releases a hormone called cortisol which increases your appetite for carb and fatty foods. Increased appetite is one of the symptoms of high cortisol levels. But it is not just an increase in appetite. It is an increase in cravings for sugar and sweet foods.

  7. Cortisol is probably the most powerful fat producing hormone. In fact, one of the worst kind of fat, belly fat, is cured simply by reducing the amount of cortisol.

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    Under-active Thyroid: A low amount of certain thyroid hormones means a slower metabolism. Signs of an under-active thyroid can include fatigue, brain fog, constipation, low sex drive, feeling cold, hair loss, and many other symptoms.

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    You eat too much: This one again is obvious. Yet most people still are clueless on how much food they need based on your daily needs. My ebook explains this in detail. Educate yourself and take control of your calorie intake! You owe it to yourself.

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    Not enough exercise: Again, not much to say here. Exercise helps to increase your calorie output making it easier to manage your weight.

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    Need more tips and guidance? Check out my detailed weight loss eBook entitled “How to lose 5kg in 5 Weeks”. Get your copy for only RM20.

Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 12 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men's Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur.

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  • brunchy

    I tried to buy the ebook, but the payment options are limited. I don’t have credit card or paypal. I wish I can pay via cimb click. And you didn’t answer or even share my question for me to get help too. I’m relying on some of your articles to help me solve my weight problem. I wish I can buy that ebook.