Why you’re still fat.

Why you’re still fat.

Why are you still fat? If you spend a whole five minutes online you’ll be convinced that it’s because you just don’t have the drive to lose weight. People assume that all fat people are undisciplined. There are far too many assumptions that they just sit on their butts all day eating garbage… that they don’t really care about their body the way skinny people do.


The truth is that lots of people who struggle with weight issues pay close attention to their food. They exercise daily. They are diligent to follow all the “rules” out there for how to lose weight. And the weight just won’t budge… or if it does it often bounces right back.

So why are you still fat?

Honestly, I don’t know why YOU are still fat… why YOU are struggling with weight issues. And that’s because NOBODY really knows. What works for one person in the journey of weight loss fails for another. And there are so many theories on the table about obesity that it generally just adds fuel to the guilt fire for those who try and try and still find themselves staring in the mirror while screaming, “Why are you still fat?!”

Consider this post a landmark fin your personal journey. Some of these you will have already considered, but maybe not all of them.

12 reasons why you are still fat:

1. Toxic Overload

One of the culprits to fat issues most people don’t look into is toxic chemicals. Yes, toxic chemicals can make you fat and make it harder to lose weight. Learn more about it here.

2. Emotional Trauma

Got issues? Emotional trauma could be contributing to your body holding on to fat. Consider this:

“When you had a trauma as a kid and you’re 10 years old, your cells keep a cellular memory of that trauma, and your body, it will activate certain genes that will activate FAT programs if your cells feel like fat is the way to protect you from the trauma.”  – Jon Gabriel

Of course the phrase “emotional trauma” sounds pretty big and scary, but any emotional issues may be making your fat. Learn more about it here.

3. The Wrong Diet

If you’re still following the low-fat, highly processed “diet” that the marketing world tells us will help us lose weight then you may be surprised to learn the truth about healthy weight loss in relationship to the foods we eat. I don’t personally prescribe to any one diet. I think there are valid aspects of all the popular lifestyle diets like Paleo, WAPF, Vegetarian, etc. (You can read more about my thoughts on that here). But the real key is REAL FOOD, and taking advantage of all the macro-nutrients while eating a nutrient-dense diet. Want to learn more? Two of my favorite books include this one and this one.

4. Hormonal Imbalance

Imbalanced hormones can wreak havoc on your overall health and add extra poundage to your frame. The good news it that you can learn how to balance your hormones naturally and it can help you lose weight. Read more about it here.

5. Medication Side Effect

One of the side-effects of many medications is weight gain. Now, I’m not suggesting you stop taking your medication. I’m not a doctor and you should follow the advice of your trusted health care practitioner. But it’s definitely something to consider if you are currently on meds. Finding natural alternatives (if that works with your situation) can help you lose weight and avoid other negative side effects.


6. Stress

We live in very stressful times, and unfortunately that stress can take it’s toll. If you’re wondering why you are still fat you may want to find some way to combat stress. Learn more about it here and here.

7. Inadequate Sleep

Too little sleep? That could be a major reason why you’re still fat. I know that for me my body holds on to weight desperately when I’m not getting adequate sleep (which makes losing baby weight tricky, ha!) If you’re having trouble getting your zzzzz’s, consider reading my favorite book on the subject.

8. Too Sedentary

While it’s true that lots of people who deal with weight gain are moving a lot, there are still plenty of people who are suffering from our sedentary lifestyles. Here are some great benefits of moving to inspire you.

9. Eating Too Much Food

Another major culprit in our world of easy fast food is a simple calories in, calories out problem. I personally don’t count calories, but I am also very careful about eating only real food and listening to my body. If you are still eating a Standard American Diet, consider making the switch to a real foods diet. It’s just as delicious and way more satisfying.

10. Eating Too Little Food

On the other side of the scale (pun intended) are the folks who are eating too little. Guess what? That can make your body hold on the fat even more! I’ve seen so many dedicated people working hard at the gym and then restricting their diet to 1200 calories. Your body will think you’re starving and hold onto the weight. Don’t do it! And while some people may have found that they do lose weight on such a restrictive diet, the long term affects are not worth it (not to mention you usually gain the weight back.) Eat enough to support movement.

11. Metabolic Issues

We often think of our metabolism as some sort of magic fairy that helps us lose weight if it’s “fast” and keep it on if it’s “slow.” But the truth is that our metabolism determines so much more. If you are still fat despite lots of efforts and also have trouble sleeping, concentrating, or feeling energized you should seriously consider checking out your metabolic health. This is my absolute favorite book on the matter.

12. Hidden or Underlying Health Issues

Of course, the reason why you are still fat may be even more hidden than this list can provide. Again, I’d highly recommend meeting with a trusted healthcare professional, getting some testing done, and seeing if you have something else that needs addressing. In this case your weight gain could be a tremendous blessing in helping you dig a littler deeper and improve your overall health.

BONUS Reason Why You’re Still Fat: You Had (or are having) a Baby

I almost feel ridiculous for adding this bonus point to the list, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I see so many woman struggle with their body after giving birth (*raises hand*)… guess what? YOU GREW A PERSON!? It took you nine months to add the weight and it may take you nine months (or longer if you’re dealing with any of the other above issues) to lose it. Enjoy your beautiful and capable body. Respect it for the miracle of giving birth. You are beautiful, trust me.

So… Why you’re still fat?

As you can see there are lots of reasons why you might be still fat despite all your efforts. Don’t let society fool you into thinking it has anything to do with your inability to be disciplined. A little self love goes a long way toward a healthy journey of weight loss. Don’t let extra pounds keep you from the happy life you deserve. But if you looking for healthy ways to slim down you may want to look as some of the possible reasons above as to why you’re still fat.

Repeat after me: You are a worthwhile, inspiring, capable, intelligent, and beautiful person.

What should the rest of us do about it?

Be kind. Be respectful. Show some empathy. Stop assuming that just because something worked for you that it’s THE answer for someone else. Stop judging people based on their appearance. Stop obsessing over the number on the scale and start living life with more love and compassion.


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Hi! I'm and I’m passionate about healthy living: feeling nourished, having energy, getting good sleep, and feeling strong. I believe healthy living does not have to be complicated or stressful. I’m a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). I’m also an avid researcher and love to read about nutrition, the body, and toxic-free living. Learn more.

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  1. Laura @ This is Thirty

    I love this post – so many people have something to say to people who they perceive as overweight and their judgments are usually incorrect and unfair. People need to figure out what works for them – and the rest of us need to keep our mouth shut to them unless they ask for help!

  2. Briana

    Thanks for the bonus reason. :) Often, I forget what a huge thing I’ve done and that it takes TIME for the vast majority of people. Thanks for being a realistic, loving voice about the subject.

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      Robin Konie

      Thanks, Briana. That bonus reason is a good reminder for me too as I often struggle with lingering baby weight that I think “should” be gone by now.

  3. Megan

    I really like your blog, but as a fat (5’6″ 260lbs) person I found this post rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it’s because I’m well versed in the reasons that keep a person from losing weight, maybe because I’m bitter about it, maybe I’m tired of people offering solutions.

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      Robin Konie

      Oh, I’m sorry Megan! No offense meant by it. Honestly it was written because I’m sick of seeing all those “THIS is why you have weight issues posts.” While trying to offer some suggestions that may be new to others, the real point is that there is no ONE answer and that we should stop assuming things about someone’s life and character simply because of their weight. I’m sorry if that point didn’t come across. I’m living off of so little sleep these days. :/

    2. patti daniel

      As I read this article, I was thinking to myself that this was fine…just more of what we’ve already heard. It’s an acceptable reminder and maybe some new information for some–UNTIL I read the “Repeat after me” statement. This comment has no place in an article about why weight won’t come off. It is insulting and indicates the assumption that people struggling with weight issues don’t already appreciate their own self worth and their value to society which has nothing btw to do with weight. None of the attributes in the statement have anything to do with weight and the inclusion of this statement suggests the opposite. I simply ask that you practice your own words to show respect and empathy and stop assuming and judging. This really missed the mark with this major contradiction.

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        Robin Konie

        Again, I’m really sorry that you found offense in this article… especially in my statement that was specifically meant to encourage. I personally need to remind myself all the time that I’m okay the way I am… I certainly did not intend to indicate that people who struggle with weight issues automatically think less of themselves. I guess I can’t win here. Ironic that you accuse me of making assumptions when you did the same. I know plenty of people who struggle with self doubt, fat and thin. I also know plenty of people who love their bodies as is, fat and thin. I sincerely hope to help and encourage all… but I am human. I’m also sleep-deprived and struggling with my own issues so the “repeat after me” was written with only the best intentions. No assumptions whatsoever.

  4. Karen

    It’s so hard! My husband eats well, does crossfit and exercises religiously, and has ABS! But you can’t see them because there is a layer of fat. I agree with your post and overall message, but it can be so hard to find out what is actually the culprit. Stress, lack of sleep, hormones. . . probably yes to all of those. *sigh*

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      Robin Konie

      I think you nailed it. It IS hard. And it’s frustrating when you’ve tried everything. If only there were a solid single answer. Big hugs.

  5. lauren

    I really enjoyed this article! It’s often difficult for me to convince my overweight friends that they’re not just “weak willed”. I just wanted to say that, in my own weight-loss journey, one of the big “needle movers” for me was removing foods I had an intolerance to. Made an enormous difference! Thanks for all the insights you offered!

  6. Charlotte

    Hi Robin, thanks for a great post! I would also like to add here for consideration that a metabolically healthy body, regardless of size, will often care nothing for societal ideals in maintaining a weight that is healthy for that individual and where they’re currently at. ‘Excess’ body fat is not necessarily a health risk in and of itself, at least to a certain point, and indeed may be protective against poor health outcomes in some cases. Health is so much more complex and multifactorial than a number on a scale or a body fat percentage. Perhaps a ‘fat’ body is already optimally healthy just as it is.

  7. Mindy

    What was said in that first paragraph is exactly why I was fat. I ate what I wanted and led a sedentary life. For some people it is just that simple. Just over two years ago I made the decision to change my lifestyle. I joined Weight Watchers, changed the way I ate and started exercising. I lost just over 100 pounds in 16 months and have kept it off since March of last year because I continue to do what got me here, eating right and exercising. That doesn’t mean that I assume everyone who is fat is like I used to be, but there are a good number of overweight people who are overweight simply because of their habits.

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      Robin Konie

      I do agree, Mindy. I think those are always the first things people should start with (unless they KNOW they have a hormonal or adrenal issue, and then I would hold off on too much exercise until those are properly addressed.)

  8. StepUp2Health

    I believe you are correct. It is a combination of one, some or all those points you listed above. I, myself (and a bunch of my friends) have found an amazing nutritional cleansing program that has helped to detoxify and as a result shed unwanted fat! Visceral fat to be exact, which is the most damaging to our health. http://www.facebook.com/stepup2health

  9. April Davis

    This is an awesome article!! Thank you so much for posting it-all of these are such great reminders and I really needed this today!! I gotta start sleeping more.

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