Reasons for Not Losing Weight despite Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can lead to weight loss, but for some, it does not happen. We look at some of the possible reasons why.

Reasons for Not Losing Weight despite Intermittent Fasting

“However, it has not worked for some people."

Intermittent fasting is one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends, therefore becoming one of the most common weight-loss strategies.

It is a dieting pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.

While it does not specify which foods to eat, it is more focused on when you should eat them.

As a result, it is not a conventional diet. It is more accurately described as an eating pattern.

Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16-hour fasts or fasting for 24 hours, twice a week.

Some studies have shown it to be a healthy way to lose weight and belly fat.

Intermittent fasting is also believed to help enhance metabolic health and extend lifespan.

However, despite that, some people do not lose weight.

Preeti Tyagi, nutritionist and founder of MY22BMI, said:

“However, it has not worked for some people.

“This may be because they are not adhering to the basic measures correctly.”

 Here are a few reasons why the weight loss does not happen for some people who practise intermittent fasting.

Not Eating Efficient Portions

Some people do not consider portion sizes when intermittent fasting.

This means you may be fasting for long intervals but when you start eating, you consume food without considering the sizes of the portions.

This will not help, especially when you are trying to lose weight.

It may even have a negative effect on your metabolic rate.

So it is important to stick to smaller portion sizes when eating.

Eating High-Calorie Food

Continuing to eat food that are high in calories and cooked with unhealthy fats will make it more difficult to lose the extra weight.

This is especially difficult when it comes to Indian food as a lot of meals are cooked with a lot of oil.

Even if it is a vegetarian dish, because they are cooked with additional oil, they may contain as much fat as meat dishes.

As a result, that means more calories.

However, there are a lot of lower calorie alternatives that are still delicious.

For example, swap naan bread for wholewheat roti. Brown basmati rice is another substitute for white rice.

Also, grilled foods such as chicken tikka is lower in calories than dishes that are fried in oil.

Physical Fitness

During intermittent fasting, you may not be considering a workout.

This is something that is a must as intermittent fasting on its own will not result in a healthy weight loss.

Physical activity must be undertaken in order to remain healthy as well as for losing weight.


Intermittent fasting and sticking to certain kinds of food may mean you are consuming an extremely low amount of calories.

Doing so suddenly will not be beneficial as it can negatively affect your metabolism and make the body think that it now needs to function on lower calories.

Therefore, it is important to remember to lower your calorie intake gradually and not suddenly.

When undergoing intermittent fasting, it is important to take these factors into account to ensure a successful and healthy weight loss.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”