Top Reasons Your Diet Isn’t Working


Losing weight or getting into shape is often a goal for many people around the world. The good news is that there are lots of different methods to do so, but many work for some people better than others. However, even with healthy eating and exercise, it may not always seem like you’re making progress. Continue reading for some potential reasons why your diet may not be working; hopefully one will help you identify what’s going on!

Unrealistic Goals

People who struggle with their weight don’t always have unrealistic expectations when setting goals but sometimes the opposite is true. Rather than motivating themselves, they set up unnecessary challenges that are nearly impossible to meet in a healthy way. They end up feeling even worse about themselves & their bodies. It’s not necessary for someone trying to lose weight or get in shape to make everything revolve around numbers. 

Instead of focusing on how many pounds/kilos should be lost in a certain time frame, try setting goals that are more based upon lifestyle changes & overall health. This will help you stay focused on the right things and make exercise/eating healthy a lifelong change rather than an annoying task to be completed as quickly as possible!

Lack of Motivation

Even with a plan, there are days where sticking with healthy choices feels like more effort than it’s worth. Everyone has those moments sometimes but staying motivated through an entire process can really make or break your success. Find ways to motivate yourself throughout the day so you don’t get discouraged when things are tough. Try turning to things that may have motived you in the past for other ventures!

Wrong Plan For Your Body Type

Weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all process, and different body types respond in various ways. If something isn’t working it might be because what you’re doing doesn’t match your body type. Everybody is different and has different needs and requirements. This happens quite frequently with women who work out too much or aren’t getting enough fuel from their diet to support them through their workouts. Consult a professional (a trainer, nutritionist, etc.) if necessary!

Unhealthy Relationship With Food

This is a very common issue for many people when attempting new diets or just trying to eat healthier. It ties into motivation but sometimes people use unhealthy coping mechanisms like eating as a way of dealing with stress and other problems that crop up in their daily lives. If you find yourself eating when you’re not hungry, or distracting yourself with food rather than facing problems head-on it may be time to re-evaluate your relationship and seek professional help if necessary.

Unrealistic Calorie Intake

By now we all know that weight loss is a matter of calories in vs calories out; but how many do you burn every day? What types of foods are filling enough for the amount of exercise you get without going over the top? Are there any modifications needed so the amount is healthy yet still effective for helping reach your goals? Not every person’s calorie requirements will match exactly. If this isn’t working it could be because either too much or too little energy is being expended & you need to adjust accordingly.


On the flip side of this, if your calorie intake is correct and balanced but you’re still not losing weight, it could be because you aren’t active enough! Find ways throughout the day when possible to increase your daily movement. You can try to park further away from buildings or walk rather than drive places when practical. Every little bit counts in terms of burning calories so find a way to fit more activity into what can seem like an already busy schedule!

Not Enough Variety In Your Diet  

 You might think that eating healthy means cutting out everything fun until reaching goal weight which isn’t true at all! Consistently limiting yourself will only make things harder on yourself and cause cravings for things you can’t have. Instead, make healthy choices most of the time and allow yourself one cheat meal per week. If you do this, it should keep your body from going into starvation mode and wanting to store fat rather than burn it off!


Just because someone tells you that cutting calories is the key doesn’t mean that they know how much food/energy (calories) your body needs at its present state! Everyone’s metabolism works differently so trying to cut back drastically on food intake will only leave you feeling tired and hungry. It can also lead towards binging and eating more than ever before. This can cause them to put on weight rather than losing it. When you’re just starting out, cut back on calories slowly until your body gets used to the new demands being placed upon it. Then increase more rapidly towards your goal weight!

Ignoring Your Health

When starting a new diet or exercise program it’s important to get all the facts first before making changes that could be harmful in the long run. Check with a doctor if necessary but find out how certain exercises or eating habits might impact any existing health problems or concerns you may already have. It is possible to lose weight while still maintaining good overall health so don’t let fear rule your life. Take some extra precautions when getting started & everything should work out smoothly.


There are many other reasons why you may not be seeing results from a diet or workout plan but these can usually be traced back to the topics mentioned above. If one isn’t working, it’s important to find out what is causing the problem so that a solution can be reached before giving up hope altogether! Doing too much or too little is never going to lead to your goals being conquered for good. Moderation in everything you do is important if your goal is to keep things sustainable in the long term!