“Why Can’t I Lose Weight?”

Why Cant I Lose WeightA common question I’ve read in weight loss forums is, “Why can’t I lose weight?”

When I read the question, I immediately see the first problem. Here is a clue: When you read the question, can you spot the belief behind it?

That is correct! Within the question is the conclusion that you cannot lose weight – no matter what or how long you try.

As long as you believe that you can’t, you won’t.

Your beliefs set your limits. What I mean is, even if a solution came along, you either won’t see it because you have your “CAN’T blinders” on or you will reject it.

Why? Because it doesn’t line up with your belief!

For example, 1 Corinthians 10:13 promises: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

So the scripture promises that God always makes a way for us to escape temptation.

But if you don’t believe it, then you won’t even look for an escape route! You’ll give in every time.

What is a better question to ask yourself when it comes to weight loss?

A better question is, “How can I lose weight?” Do you see the difference?

Within the question is the conclusion that there are solutions to your desire to lose weight. The way you live your daily life is where your permanent solution is found.

You see, I believe that weight management is typically a life management issue.

Scientists estimate that up to 95% of what you do is automatic.

Every day, you probably do the same things, in the same way. Judging from your physical results, then your current pattern has led you to gain weight.

So it makes sense that changing something in your current daily pattern (that 95%) will turn things around with your weight – given enough time.

Let’s look at a three things in your daily pattern that may be hindering your weight loss:

  • Your regular meals: It is estimated that we eat the same 7-12 foods/meals each week. What are yours? If you don’t know, then a good place to start is to keep a food journal for a week.

Write down everything that goes in your mouth. Don’t change anything yet; you are looking for information. Once the week is up, put a star by the things that you eat most often. Those are the foods/meals you need to target.

   Ask yourself “Are these meals helping my weight loss goal or hurting it?” If they are hurting it, then you can either look for a lower calorie version of it or look for a healthier recipe that will allow you to enjoy the food, but get you closer to your weight loss goal.

  • Your eating pattern: Do you have a regular habit of fixing yourself large portions, eating out of large bags or boxes, going back for seconds, or eating when your body does not need it?

All of these daily behaviors will contribute to excess weight over time. Just making some small adjustments in your eating patterns could make a huge difference in your weight over time.

  • Your daily movement pattern: How many hours do you sit every day? Scientists did a study recently and found that slim people move (stand up/walk around) for 2 hours and 15 minutes every day more than overweight people.

Even regular exercise does not make up for the negative effects of long-term sitting.

If you have a desk job, then stand up and walk about for 10-15 minutes every hour. You can do some stretches, march in place, or other gentle exercise.

Get your 2 hours and 15 minutes of casual standing movement however you can. If you are at home, you can either walk during commercials or do some spot housecleaning more often. Work to make this a regular routine.

And here’s an even better reason: If you have pre-diabetes or have a history of it in your family, then simply taking a 15-minute walk after your meals can lower your blood sugar rise by 50%!

The conclusion? If you want to lose weight, then start looking at the way you are living your daily life right now.

Your answers are probably right under your nose!

Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?

I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald

The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through using Biblical keys to overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.

Join a community of like-minded Christians losing weight and keep it off.

Click here to learn more about the Take Back Your Temple program

About the author 

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.

Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."

Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.

  • Lord help me/us change what and how we think and believe about our self. Lord open our eyes to the truth of who we are and give us the strength to complete it.

  • When your mindset is right then you are willing to do what it takes to obtain permanent results. Wow what a powerful statement. I am learning so much from this program.i had been seeking God for the answer to my obesity and was led to your site. God is so good.

  • That’s exactly what’s happening to me! I don’t know how to set my mind in accordance with my reality. My mind plays tricks on me and I fall on them. You have mentioned specific clues that make a big diference. Thank you for this useful information. I think now I should start with small steps first and to learn to how not get desperate for quick changes in short time.

  • This is a very good article. Looking at not losing weight in a different way, God’s way, will surely lead to success.
    Thank you

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