Chasing fat loss? Here's why diet and exercise doesn't always work

Updated: Apr 5, 2020

If you want to lose body fat, diet and exercise is a sensible place to start.

But it's not just about diet and exercise.

This may sound a bit odd at first, but the truth is you probably already know this.

  • Have you ever tried a diet that worked wonders for a friend, but it didn't work for you?

  • Have you repeated a diet that worked for you before, but it didn't work for you the next time?

  • Have you found that even consistent exercise just doesn't shift the fat on your belly or legs?

  • Have you noticed that your weight just seems to fluctuate for no apparent reason, even when you are doing everything right?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, then you have seen first hand that losing body fat is not as simple as diet and exercise. It might work for a while, but then you crash into a wall. Your results plateau, you lose motivation and the weight creeps back on.

There is a lot more to it than just diet and exercise. It is part of the story, but it's not the entire story. There are many other factors at play that dictate your results.

Here's just some of the many factors that influence your body composition.

Generally speaking, the bigger the word, the more important it is. If you can tick off these things, then you are on the right track.

Can you spot the top three factors that are most relevant to you today?

Take home message

Don't be daunted: if you are physically active each day and eat nutritious foods and active you are well on your way to a fit and healthy body. Most of the time, you will not need to directly think about all of the other factors to see results.

But if you do find it difficult to lose body fat and keep it off, take heart! The answer to the puzzle is there, you just need to rearrange the pieces.