Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight?

One of the reasons why it's so hard to lose weight is because changes in your appetite hormone levels make it difficult to lose weight and keep it off. When you lose weight, your body’s natural response includes an increase in a key hunger hormone and a decrease in fullness hormones, undermining your ability to lose weight and keep it off.

Appetite hormones after weight loss

Your body works against you as you lose weight—making you feel hungrier and less full.

As you lose weight, your body may make you feel hungrier and less full

As you lose weight, your body may make you feel hungrier and less full

Losing weight IS possible

While it may be difficult to lose weight and keep it off, it can be done. It all starts with a plan. Here are some helpful tips:

Change your approach

  • It’s not about finding a quick fix—it’s about focusing on your ongoing weight loss and weight management
  • Increasing your physical activity and building a low-calorie meal plan that fits your lifestyle are key to reducing your weight

Take obesity seriously, just like other chronic diseases

  • Losing weight and keeping it off requires a long-term plan
  • If meal plan and physical activity changes alone are not enough, you may require medical intervention

Start with small steps

  • Choose what you are willing to do
  • Make it a part of your daily routine
  • Take it 1 day at a time
  • Work with your health care provider to create, monitor, and adjust your weight-management plan