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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In the early hours of Sunday morning, Conor McGregor suffered his first defeat in the UFC.

Conor’s scheduled bout against Rafael Dos Anjos was postponed 2 weeks ago, when Dos Anjos suffered a broken foot in training.

Nate Diaz was drafted in last minute and the highly skilled Gracie Jiu Jitsu fighter was a very worthy and dangerous opponent.

What made the fight impressive on McGregor’s part, was the jump from his usual 145lbs weight division where he is the current undisputed champion, to 170lbs so he could face Diaz.

At 4:12 in the 2nd round Diaz submitted McGregor via Rear Naked Choke and ended McGregor’s 15 fight win streak.

If you were on social media at all yesterday, you couldn’t have missed the fact that McGregor lost his fight.

His loss was trending on several different platforms as people jumped to defend him and gloat, all at the same time.


This is something that everyone will come across whenever you set out goals that you want to achieve.

It is especially prevalent whenever you start on a weight loss goal.

You will have those who will support you and will help you to succeed along the way, and then you will have those who offer no support at all and seem to go out of their way to hinder your chances of success.

In the post-fight press conference. McGregor said;

“I’ve been on the end of many defeats in my life and I’ve rose back. I will not shy away from it. I will not make excuses.”


This type of mind-set is very important when you are setting goals.

You have to allow for some sort of failure along the way.  There is no path that doesn’t have some sort of failure.

It doesn’t have to be big, but failure or obstacles are usually there.

How you handle that failure is what will make or break your chances of success.

One of the most common examples of this is when people are trying to lose weight.

They have pre-conceived ideas of how much they should lose and how quick they should lose it and if that doesn’t happen, quite often they either give up or fall off the wagon for a period of time.

What they are missing, Is the fact that weight loss was still there, just not in the amount they expected.

Success was there in small amounts, but their mind-set viewed it as failure.

conor mcgregor quotes


“I thought I took him the first round. I’m humble in victory or defeat,” McGregor said. “I took a chance to move up in weight and it didn’t work.”

The thought of taking risks can be the biggest obstacle whenever we want to achieve something.

The fear of failure and the fear of what others will think of us if we do fail can be frightening.

It can be our sticking point every time we try to start, but if we don’t take risks and actually try, how will we ever know if we can succeed?

It comes back to the fear of failure and the discomfort that comes along with it.

It is easy to think about doing something.

It is another thing altogether to get up, start, and keep going until you succeed.

The reward at the end of that far outweighs any uncomfortable feelings you may get from actually starting.



“I will celebrate this loss as I would with any victory. You shouldn’t shy away from adversity, it makes you stronger and you grow and learn from it.”

The learning process from failure is an important thing.

It’s how you learn to improve.

It’s how you learn to change your path to improve your chances of success.

In your path to success, there may be defeats; there may be failures.  You will have people who will support you and you will have those who want you to fail.

The main thing to remember is that how you look at these things, how you approach them, accept them and deal with them, will be your ultimate test of character and will be another step on your road to success.

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