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

This question is about Nutrition

Sarah Achleithner

If you aren’t losing weight through exercise and diet, then it could be that you haven’t achieved the right energy balance for your body.

Weight loss relies on energy input/output, meaning that the number of calories consumed should be less than the calories burned. On average, it takes 3,500 calories to burn one pound, which means that both diet and exercise play important roles in weight loss [


]. Other factors such as what you eat, meal timing,




, age, medications, and genetics also impact weight loss.

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