There’s More to Weight Gain Than Diet and Exercise – 6 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

weight-lossLosing weight can be very hard work. Sometimes despite all your efforts and good habits, nothing seems to work. While exercise and a good diet are the conventional wisdom and best advice as far as weight loss goes, it turns out there are other factors not related to those pillars of truth. An article on the Mind Body Green website notes there are at least six things that can prevent weight loss in spite of your good efforts.

Jennifer Kuk, who led a recent study at York University in Toronto, said the study shows being overweight is much more complex than it just being a result of a lack of exercise and poor eating habits. Lifestyle, environment and genetics also play a key role, she said.

The study went over data from 1971 through 2008 to determine if how the body response to calorie intake and exercise had changed over time. They studied data from 14,419 people between 1998 and 2006. The study showed that indeed a person in 2006 who had the same amount of exercise and ate the same things would have a higher body mass index than that same person would have in 1998.

In light of their study, there are six things that can contribute to weight gain that are not related to diet and exercise, though those two things are still very important considerations.