Weight loss isn’t always easy.

The premise of it is easy.

Create a calorie deficit and you will lose weight.

The execution of this however, doesn’t always go according to plan.

There are people who try time and time again to lose weight but, somehow, always seem to fall short of their goal.

Sometimes the reason we are not losing the weight we would like, is because we have to adjust things in a way that doesn’t sit well with us.

You may have to adjust your diet in a way you didn’t expect.

You may have to train in a way you didn’t expect.

You may have to give up things you like in order to get to where you would like to be.

All of these things can have an effect on whether you reach your weight loss goals or not.

There are times where we might need a mirror held up in front of us, so we can finally see the things that are keeping us from reaching our goals.

The majority of the time the main thing stopping us, is us.

We are unwilling to make the changes we need to make in order to get to where we want to be.

Below I am going to list the top 5 reasons for failure to achieve weight loss that I have come across.

  • You are unwilling to actually start your diet.

    This might seem like a silly statement, but one of the biggest obstacles that people face when starting out with weight loss, is actually starting.

    They are willing to train.
    They are willing to take supplements.
    They are willing to do endless burpees.

    Yet when you ask them how their diet is going, they suddenly become quiet.

    Starting your diet is the first hurdle you will meet when you start out with weight loss.

    You can’t keep eating the same foods that caused your weight gain and expect different results.


  • You think that training alone will get you where you need to be.
    Training is a great way to burn calories.

    Whether it is weight training, cardio or a mixture of both, they all help to burn calories.


However, training alone, sometimes isn’t enough to create a large enough calorie deficit in order for you to lose weight.
It is very easy to take in more calories than you expend.

For some, they think that adding in more and more training will be the answer.
When you are in the right calorie deficit, you don’t need excessive amounts of training.


Excessive amounts of training won’t always help you to lose weight.


  • You eat ‘healthy’, but don’t count the snacks.


To start with, “eating healthy” is a redundant statement when it comes to weight loss.
You are either eating for weight loss or you are not.


You can eat healthy all you want, but if you are not in a deficit, you will not lose weight.


We also have to take into account the snacks that you don’t register as food.


A biscuit here or there.
Finishing your kids chips before scraping the left overs into the bin.
The cakes, buns, sweets that are laying around work, that you don’t want, but can’t help indulging in every time you pass by.


These items are very calorie dense, they have a lot of calories for a small portion of food.


Even though you eat healthy at your main meals, you are not taking into account all the small things that add up and can send you over your daily calorie amount.


  • You drink too much alcohol.
    This is a simple one.

    If you drink multiple times per week, you are more likely to be overweight.

    You have the alcohol calories, fluid retention, decrease fat burning due to the body having to excrete the alcohol.
    All these things will cause you to gain weight.

    ‘But I only have one glass of wine’


Let’s be realistic here.
Who only has one glass of wine?

You at least have 2 glasses and they are not the usual measure of wine, it is more than half of a large glass each time and almost a bottle by the time you are finished.

If you are doing this multiple times per week, (does Thursday to Sunday sound familiar?) , you are more likely to be overweight.


  • Your weekends are a disaster.
    The last scenario is people who do well when they are in a routine. They plan and prepare their food all week; at work, at home, after training.
    Once they hit the weekend however, everything changes.

    They are out of routine and snack on things they usually don’t snack on.

    They eat out more.
    They eat processed foods more.
    They drink more alcohol.
    They drink high calorie flavoured coffees.

It is extremely easy to mess up 5 days of good work through training and good nutrition in a single weekend.

What’s worse is you can go so far over on your calories that it will carry over into a day or 2 of the following week.

Do these things every weekend and over the course of a year you can see the pounds creeping on.

If you recognise one or more of these things and realise that they might be your downfall, maybe it’s time to change things up a bit.

It’s never nice to have our faults held up in front of us.

But sometimes it’s exactly what we need for us to realise that, this is what the problem is and to motivate us to finally change.

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Last week the New York Times ran an article on Juicing.

It was one in their series of ‘Misconception’ articles and they focused on the idea that Juicing can ‘Detox’ your body from the harmful toxins that somehow manage to build up over time, and from your diet.


Juicing has become a global phenomenon in over the last few years.
Celebrities do it.
Spas offer it.
Stores sell pricey bottles of ‘Natural’ juice.
“Raw-food evangelist” Doug Evans even managed to raise $120 million from Silicon Valley investors to fund a $700 juicer that will soon be on the market in the US.

But what is it that everybody is trying to remove from their bodies and Is there any science behind it?

Kamal Patel from explains where the detox marketing comes from and how they play on our fears.

“Detox diets hinge on the premise that the human body accumulates toxins and waste as a result of being exposed to pesticides, pollutants and food additives.”

Presumably, the goal of the detox diet is to cleanse the body of harmful substances, through a very low calorie diet consisting of certain foods, with the occasional supplement thrown in the mix.
Some detoxes are aimed at specific organs, while others claim to purify you from head to toe.

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“Even if a substance really is noxious, a cleanse won’t help. Acute toxicity would likely constitute a medical emergency. Chronic toxicity is best addressed by a well-fed body, not one weakened by a diet of pepper-infused lemonade. The liver, kidneys, lungs, and several other organs work around the clock to remove harmful substances and excrete the waste products of metabolism. They don’t need help from fad diets.” Says Kamal.

So, the latest celebrity Detox drink won’t get the job done then, so what about all those commercial products, with their fantastic claims?

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Unfortunately, a 2009 investigation found that not a single company behind 15 detox supplements could supply any form of evidence for their efficacy or safety. Worse still, no companies could name the toxins targeted by their products or even agree on a definition for the word “detox.”

The fact that no company can name the toxins that their product targets, reveals just how little they care about how they market their products and how ineffective they might be.

If all of these ‘detox’ products can’t get the job done, surely then juicing must have some merit to it?

After all, there are claims that if something is ‘natural’, there is nothing more effective for keeping us healthy.

Some of the claims for the effectiveness of juicing are;

  • A juice diet rests the stomach.
  • Juices require less of the stomach’s digestive processing
  • Juicing “allows the body to have more of the resources it needs to support the phases of detoxification, and even to begin to help remove the cumulative toxins stored in the body.”

These claims are largely useless.

  • Resting the stomach is a nonsense claim. It means nothing, how do you ‘rest’ your stomach and why is it a benefit to you?
  • Juicing fruit and veg doesn’t make it any more beneficial to the body that actually eating them.
  • The last claim is another nonsense statement. It means nothing in respect to the human body.
    There are no ‘phases of detoxification’ and it won’t help remove any toxins from your body.

Kamal Patel gives his side on the Juicing craze;

“People eating a healthy, balanced diet don’t need to completely avoid certain foods. They definitely don’t need to buy into any juicing or cleanses.
The evidence in support of detoxes just isn’t there.
Until it is you and your wallet are better off allowing your natural detoxification system (Your Liver) to deal with the “toxins”.

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The sole reason that juicing and detox diets are so popular, the answer is easy: rapid weight loss. Rapid weight loss would be great, if weight loss always meant fat loss, but it doesn’t.

This temporary weight loss leads many people to attribute health benefits to the juicing and the detoxifying effects.

Since most people eat poorly on a regular basis, and detox diets usually revolve around vegetables and fruit, the lower calories along with the drop in carbohydrates will lead to an initial water dump, once a regular eating schedule is resumed and carbs are reintroduced, the glycogen and water come rushing back and so will the ‘lost’ weight.

Yes, juicing has its benefits, and is a better option than many high sugary drinks that you could be consuming, but, focusing on sustainable health habits, like eating nutritious food on a daily basis, getting enough protein, leafy greens, and quality carbohydrates in your diet are not only better for you, they are tastier too.

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