There are a number of factors that can affect a person's ability to lose weight, and it's different for everybody. Some people struggle thanks to genetics or lower resting metabolisms, whereas others simply can't – or feel like they can't – fit exercise and healthy eating into their schedules. It's true that now more than ever it's become hard to exercise and easy to overindulge – and the statistics are there to back it up. According to government figures, around one in four people in the UK is obese. So what makes weight loss so difficult? Well, as I mentioned, that depends – but here are a few of the most common reasons.
I don't have the time – If you work long hours and commute to work then this is likely to be a factor in your struggle. But that doesn't mean that you can't do it. Making time for fitness – even if it's two or three hours at your local gym a week – can make all the difference in the world. And once you get into the routine of exercising it'll likely become a welcome part of your day.
Temptation – Whether it's at work or home, there are few things that make weight loss more difficult than temptation. Try to limit your contact with the things that you know you struggle to resist, but also don't be too hard on yourself! Sometimes the temptation is too much and you will break, but this is okay so long as you eat well generally. Eating less bad stuff than you did before is always a positive change to make.
Your support system – Linking with temptation in some ways, having a support system is one of the best ways to ensure that you lose as much weight as you possibly can. If your partner or friends aren't dieting, it might be worth letting them know that you are. That way they can avoid tempting you with bad foods that might force you to crack.
Eating what you lose – A lot of people fall into the trap of thinking that because they've spent an hour or two in the gym, they're fine to eat whatever they want. It isn't true. Exercising is always a benefit, but you're far more likely to lose weight if you combine it with a healthy diet. So next time you pick up a pizza because you've just left the gym and feel good, remember that the pizza makes it so you may as well not have gone to the gym at all.
Not cooking – One of the easiest ways to fail in a diet is to stop cooking. Ready meals and easy options are almost always worse for you then freshly cooked food and you can't always guarantee the content of what you're eating - have you checked how many calories there are in that microwave chicken korma? The best way to ensure that you receive the nutrients that you need is to make sure that you prepare the food yourself.