What Factors Influence Weight Loss?

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In this article, we’ll take a look at all of the factors that contribute to weight loss/gain & explain what you can do to reach your fitness goals.
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While millions of people desire to lose weight and live healthier lives, the harsh reality is that losing weight is not a straightforward endeavor. Indeed, losing weight isn’t just about working hard or making smart choices. That certainly plays a part, but other factors can also determine the success (or lack thereof) of your new weight-loss plan.

With all that in mind, today we’ll take a look at all of the factors that contribute to weight loss/gain and explain what you can do to reach your fitness goals. Check it out here:

Diet & Exercise Routine

Of course, it would be silly to discount the effect of diet and exercise on overall health and on weight loss. Without proper diet and exercise, healthy weight loss is virtually impossible.

What’s more, it’s key for individuals who want to lose weight to specifically tailor their diet and exercise practices to eliminate fat and reduce body weight. Remember, there are plenty of health routines that don’t prioritize weight loss.


No two people share the exact same body type. As such, a healthy weight for one individual maybe twenty or thirty pounds lighter than a healthy weight for another. Genetics does play a big role in your bone structure and your proclivity to lose/gain weight.

Personal Well-Being

Health issues have a knock-on effect that can prevent individuals from losing weight as desired. For example, walking with bunions can become so painful that an individual may not be able to complete their regular workout. Or, someone struggling with depression or anxiety may find it difficult to stick to a healthy routine for very long.

Keep in mind that weight loss is not an isolated issue –– it’s tied in with the rest of your personal well-being.


Weight loss does not occur overnight. It could take someone weeks, months, or even years to reach their optimal weight once they make the appropriate lifestyle changes. Note that weight loss also rarely occurs in a linear fashion.

By that, we mean that relatively few individuals are able to lose weight in a consistent manner month after month. Rather, weight-loss figures tend to fluctuate even if you maintain the same routine.

The lesson here: you can’t rush weight loss and you shouldn’t try to put time limits on weight-loss goals. Doing so is practically setting yourself up for disappointment.


Other factors that can affect your weight-loss progress include your profession, your available free time, your age, your gender, and even your income level. While you can control certain aspects of your well-being, it’s not wise or healthy to solely get hung up on weight loss.

Instead, focus on building good wellness habits and following the doctor’s recommendations. Do that, and you’ll be just fine in the long run!