So you want to lose weight? It’s a commendable goal, and the benefits are plenty (self-esteem, energy, quality of life, preventing disease, longevity, and lower health costs, to name a few). But in the midst of an epidemic of obesity, people are looking for ways to either obtain or maintain a healthy weight—yet their goals are being hijacked. Many of the saboteurs are controllable and easy, but they’re elusive. 

Here are seven reasons you may be struggling with weight loss.