I can't seem to lose weight. I don't smoke, drink or eat a lot of fried/fatty foods and I pay attention to the serving sizes/portions and nutrition labels (trying to keep it under recommended amount). But still can't lose weight.

Hello and thank you for submitting to Ask a Dietitian!

There are numerous factors that influence your weight other than smoking and what you consume, such as your age, gender, genetics, level of physical activity and even stress.1 Our bodies are naturally wired to maintain a weight that is biologically ideal for us, but this only works if we allow our bodies to do so.2 By respecting your hunger and listening to your body, you can allow your body to guide you in doing what it was designed to do - keep you safe and maintain a weight that is right for you!

It may be helpful to think deeply about the reason behind your weight loss goal. Are looking to improve your health? Your weight is not a strong indicator of your health and there are many safe and scientifically proven ways to improve your health regardless of weight loss, such as eating a balanced diet, being physically active and getting a good night's sleep! Are you are looking for acceptance or happiness? You deserve to be loved and happy no matter what size or shape you are! If you are seeking more individual guidance, seek a registered dietitian who can work with you more closely to support your health goals.

Hope this helps!



  1. Institute of Medicine (US) Subcommittee on Military Weight Management. Weight Management: State of the Science and Opportunities for Military Programs. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004. 3, Factors That Influence Body Weight. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK221834/

  2. Bacon, Linda. Health At Every Size: the Surprising Truth about Your Weight. Dallas, TX :BenBella Books, 2010. Print.