Why i stopped losing weight

We all understand that diet and exercise are our secret weapons for achieving our long-term dreams of losing excess body fat. At least that is what the entire world is talking about.

Since the beginning of 2018 I have experienced some fat gain despite the fact that I am eating the same quality & amount of food, I am also religiously committed to my trainings. I felt ashamed that despite helping my clients reach their goals, I wasn’t capable of achieving mine. I was going crazy, why am I gaining body fat? Why is it too hard to lose weight? And like anybody else, I started blaming age & pollution & some other irrational excuses.

One day I was reading an article about Yoga & how it connects the mind & body; How yoga has changed other people lives & made them do better choices. Yoga is perfect for calming the mind & reducing stress.

And it all suddenly CLICKED when I was hearing coach Mark Carroll in his last workshop in Dubai talking about “STRESS”.

Can stress cause weight gain?

The answer is YES my friends, here is why…

When we are stressed, we produce a hormone called “Cortisol” & here the body actually resists weight loss.

Cortisol plays an important role in increasing insulin & decreasing blood sugar levels (That’s why when we stress out, we reach for sugary/fatty food options).

Cortisol increases appetite & may lead to over eating. Also restricting our food intake and becoming very rigid can lead to stress which leads to more cortisol secretion in our bodies.

In my very own experience, having to manage 2 jobs, looking after 3 dogs & my house fired my stress levels. My sleep quality was compromised & my cravings was amplified & all I was thinking of was that my diet plan is not serving my goals & kept changing & changing without achieving any results.

I started working on my own rituals to help me distress.. Here are some ideas 🙂

  • Giving myself space to slow down & be mindful of everything happening around me.
  • Working on time management & setting my priorities right.
  • Be emotionally agile in my eating & training plans.
  • Ensuring good quality of sleep.

More stress = More Cortisol = Higher Appetite for crap food = Possible weight gain

Share your story in the comment section & help inspire others on their journeys to achieve better health  🙂 xx



  1. Amira
    November 10, 2018 / 10:52 am

    I’ve experienced the same issue lately. After starting my PhD i gained about 15 kilos. Because of stress, bad mood & carbs cravings. I haven’t solved this issue yet as i still suffer from stress & insomnia. But i’m willing to join yoga classes … even mindful walking in the open air helps to distress.

    • samirakhalil
      November 12, 2018 / 9:22 am

      Amira 🙂 Being aware of the problem is solving it by 50%. Try practicing self compassion as well (not beating yourself up on everything, owe & thank your body for all the amazing things it could do). Best of luck in ur PHD & yoga xx

  2. lamya
    November 10, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Samira! Great Post!

    • samirakhalil
      November 12, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Thank u lamia! 🙂 xx

  3. Rana Adel
    November 17, 2018 / 5:53 am

    Great one Semsem 👏🏻🤘🏼

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