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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why am I not losing weight when I diet and exercise?

    I'm 5'6 woman weighs 62 kg, regularly going gym but not losing weight.

    my diet plan is after waking up 1 glass fenugreek seeds water+ 5-6 almonds, apple+milk in breakfast , salad + 2 chapati in lunch , milk + 2 wheat cookies in evening snacks , salad +2 chapati in dinner , 1 fruit after 1 to 2 hr of lunch .
    Please Help me.
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  • Nicholas Karam

    Exercise Physiologist

    Specialist treatment for injury rehabilitation, management of diabetes, weight management, corporate health View Profile


    Firstly, based on BMI (which is not the be all and end all) you sit within a healthy weight range.

    Weight loss is highly personal and depends on multiple factors including your nutritional intake and energy expenditure. 

    You may not be losing weight for a few reasons such as your energy expenditure not being sufficent. In order to accurately assess why you are not losing weight (or what you need to do to reduce your weight) the approach needs to be holistic.

    Just from the information you have mentioned:

    - You will need to assess what benefit your ‘gym’ attendence is having? You may need to change the type,style, intensity, duration of your training etc.

    - The objective of losing more weight?

    - The sustainability of your diet plan. From what you have written I think this needs to be looked at in further detail. It may help in the short term but certainly does not provide sufficient nutritional profile to keep you ‘healthy’

  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    This is a hard one to assess in this forum. I would suggest that you consult with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) for a more individualised and holistic approach backed by scientific evidence to help in your weight loss. You can find an APD by logging onto the Dietitians Association of Australia's website ( 

    An APD will sit down with you and look at your whole situation (i.e. family, medical, dietary, exercise history) not just one aspect. They also possess the skills to help you make healthy behaviour changes so that goals which are set last for the long-term and not just a short term fix.

    Good luck

  • Erin Miller

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Accredited Dietitian and Nutritionist Erin Miller is passionate about health and wellbeing. The Nutrition Network is her home and she opens her doors to assist … View Profile

    Excellent work in introducing healthy eating and exercise into your daily routine!
    It’s important that you balance your intake with your exercise regimen, ensuring the energy balance principal.
    You should link in with an EP or exercise professional to help set specific exercise goals and strategies that are specific to you.
    Dietitian’s will enable you to develop sound knowledge towards your health concerns. By incorporating your medical history, medications, current intake and daily routine to develop an individualised meal plan that is realistic for you.
    Look at: to find an APD that is appropriate for you.
    All the best!

  • Lynda is an accredited practising dietitian, with specialities in chronic disease management ( weight management / diabetes / high cholesterol / high blood pressure) View Profile


    This is a common question and the answer depends on so many variables.

    As well as looking at macronutrient ratios ( i.e protein/fat/carbohydrate) and energy requirements it is important to address a little bit of psychology too by looking at food behaviours and a food diary is an excellent tool to examine whether we are eating to physical or emotional hunger at any given time

    I would recommend you get in touch with an accredited dietitian in your local area who can provide you with the necessary support and guidance.

    Kind Regards, Lynda

  • Jessica Webb

    Exercise Physiologist

    It could be a number of things. There are hormonal issues that may be a problem. You may need to get those levels checked. Things like thyroid, the thyroid levels might be a little low.
    The hormones coming out of there may be worth checking. There are other things to monitor such as are you really adhering to the program as you should, are you really concentrating on nutrition all the time, are you exercising at an intensity that is appropriate?
    A lot of the time you will find, if people really sit down and think about it. They are not being as strict on the program as they should.

  • Anna Crichton

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Founded in 1996, Anna E Crichton & Partners Clinical Psychology provides psychological assessments and counselling with individual adults as well as psychological reports. With offices … View Profile

    The first step is always to check with your GP for any possible medical causes. It is always a good idea to get an all-clear, because weight fluctuations could be due to some medical problems. I encourage my clients to actually look at establishing a new healthy living habit, where they actually pay attention to what they eat, how much they eat, and how they exercise and whether they overdo it.
    The idea here is that if it becomes a healthy habit, then your lifestyle changes, and the weight then peels off by itself. If you make the weight loss your goal, then what happens is you are likely to be quite punitive towards your body and demand certain things. And bodies do not like being treated in a hostile way. It does not do much good to your self-esteem, to your sense of self-worth, to the way you take care of yourself.
    The bottom line is I teach people to become friends with their body.

  • lovelife

    HealthShare Member

    I thought 62kg for 5'6“ sounds fine. I think if you look at the height and weight chart you are in the normal range. I am 5'4” and 58kg and am in the normal range, you are taller than me.

    Our bodies change as we get older I was so thin I used to take supplements to put on weight, the more you worry about your weight the more you can actually put on, don't look at the scales every day, have a large hot lemon drink with a little honey every morning on rising and it will keep you regular.

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