Are you eating healthy but still got those few extra kilos, hanging around your waist or your hips? Confusing, isn’t it – perhaps you’re having a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch and for dinner fish and some veggies. You have the occasional treat, perhaps some chocolate or a cake from your favourite patisserie. Wine, yes please, but just a glass or two on the weekend. What is keeping those fat cells in place??

You know many people with similar diets, who don’t have the same struggles, so what makes them different? It’s a common scenario and one that takes a bit of detective work as there are many possible contributing factors. Right from day 1 your experiences are different to everyone else, making your journey totally unique. This is what makes the world such an interesting, exciting place but the flip side is that we don’t have definitive answers for questions such as this. This article discusses a few possible suspects which maybe playing a part in your battle against weight loss.

Your genes

One of the things which you can’t change but may contribute are your genes. Perhaps your mum or grandma was the same? We still don’t know how to make that magic pill which helps the weight magically drop off but we are understanding more and more about our genes and which of our bodily processes are impacted by a particular gene. For this it can help to determine which foods your body works best on. There are multiple ways to do this, some which involve testing and others involve removing foods and seeing what happens.

Toxic substances

Around 2006 it was discovered that for some people exposure to certain chemicals during childhood could increase susceptibility to weight gain across the lifespan. Try to limit your exposure to foreign chemicals where possible and assist your bodies natural detoxification processes through a focussed detox period.


For some people, getting older brings with it not just wisdom but the dreaded weight gain! As women reach menopause they are more likely to gain weight around the waist than the hips or thighs. This change can be related to hormonal changes, ageing and lifestyle and genetic changes. It’s an important time to review your health and address any lifestyle or eating habits that long longer serve you well. Weight bearing exercise is important as we get older, not only to keep the muscles trim but also for our heart health.

These are just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many factors that contribute to our tendency to resist weight loss. Please consult a qualified health practitioner when making changes to your diet or lifestyle. I’ll continue to discuss factors that contribute to weight gain over the months to come, so if this interests you make sure you’re following me on instagram or facebook.