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Why You Don’t Need A Nutritionist To Lose Weight


Yes you read that headline right, you DON’T need a nutritionist to lose weight.

A very common conversation over recent years has been – “I think I need to see a nutritionist because I can’t lose weight”.

Now I do appreciate that this can be a very genuine thought process.

However, when you dig a little deeper, holes begin to appear.

So today I’m going to go into a little detail.

Searching For The Answer

When it comes to weight loss, it can be quite frustrating.

You can eat really well, only for the scales not to budge.

(A topic I’ve spoken about before explaining why your weight fluctuates).

You’ve tried weight watchers, slimming world, low carb, low fat, juice cleanses, detoxes and pills.

While some will have an initial effect, the weight normally comes back on in the following 6 months.

Frustration can build and leave you disheartened.

So you start to think it’s your metabolism or maybe you have a food allergy?

You read one or two articles that support your belief.

And before you know it, you’ve convinced yourself that this is why you can’t lose weight.

So you sign up, get a food intolerance test (none of them are proven to be effective) and you leave the office being told to not eat dairy, wheat, grains and gluten.

But I understand why people can constantly look for the answer.

We all want results yesterday.

We want to wake up and love handles, bingo wings and beer belly have vanished overnight.

Unfortunately, that’s just a dream.

Why You Don’t Need A Nutritionist To Lose Weight

I can categorically confirm that it is not your metabolism.

You more than likely don’t have a food intolerance.

It’s not your genetics.

It is, in almost every single scenario, one thing:

You shove too much food in your mouth!

That is the #1 reason why we struggle with weight.

On a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis we are putting too much high calorie foods in our mouth.

We’ve all dieted perfectly Monday to Friday only to spend the weekend drinking beer, eating pizza, munching on chocolate and half a village.

We can literally eat and drink 3-4 days worth of calories in a weekend.

Which is the exact reason why we fail to lose weight.

But it must be a food intolerance, right?

Sure I’m always bloated?

I think I must be gluten intolerant?

It can’t be the fact I just ate a whole pack of cookies, drank a bottle of wine and lay in bed all day?

It’s a harsh reality.

And it’s the reason why we continue to look for answers.

Because it’s hard to look in the mirror and look at the things we’re getting wrong.

So we cling to the hope that there’s a magic answer out there that will confirm our beliefs.

But it’s generally the answer that makes our heart sink.

You realise that it’s your own mistakes.

Learning From Mistakes

These mistakes aren’t a bad thing.

They can be a wake-up call to finally get your head in gear and make the necessary changes.

Wake-up calls can come in many shapes and forms.

It could be when you go shopping and realise you need a bigger size.

Maybe it’s a photo you get tagged in on social media that makes your heart drop.

Or you could have a check-up and your doctor gives you a warning or trouble ahead.

As humans, we are victims to waiting until we get a kick up the arse before we really take it seriously.

It’s why we have the continuous cycle of “diet starts Monday” that happens 52 weeks a year.

We are prone to self-sabotage.

You’re on a diet a few days, doing good then for no reason you eat an entire cake.

You feel like absolute crap and this is where you sit on the cliff edge.

You either drop off and go 2-3 days eating junk, or you drag yourself back from the edge and get back on track.

The more you drag yourself back, the more will-power and perseverance you develop.

You build better consistency and this is what keeps you on track and seeing progress.

And that’s the foundation to long term success.

Anyone can diet for 5 days.

But to run a successful 60-90 day diet takes a strong mind and dedication.

So you have to take it seriously.

And that’s why highlighting mistakes can fuel the fire and focus your mind on the task at hand.

Why Certain Diets Work

A lot of people get advised to go dairy, gluten, or wheat free.

It’s driven by the weight loss success of one person who does well on it.

They then propagate it to everyone around them saying it’s the only way to lose weight.

It’s kind of why the Ketogenic diet has become so popular in recent years.

You go on a super low-carb diet and focus on lean meats and fat instead.

And people have seen great success on it.

But why does it work?

Mainly because Carbs mean the likes of cookies, breads, pastas, chips, chocolate, crisps, pastries etc.

So by going Keto, you eliminate all the foods that we find so easy to overeat.

So by magic, we suddenly stop eating so much junk which leads to a massive reduction in our calorie intake.

Low and behold, we’re now losing weight.

Keto IS the answer.

Hold on there Sally, the answer is that you finally stopped eating so god damn much.

Not the diet.

It finally gave you a framework that focused your mind and got you to clean up your diet.

But Keto can be very hard to do long term.

It’s NO better than a calorie controlled diet for losing weight.

It’s simply just one of many methods for getting you to cut down on your calorie intake.

In layman terms, you’ve stopped force feeding yourself to the point that your belly button turns into an outtie.

What Should You Do?

Before you spend a cent on weight loss products and meal plans, I want you to do this.

Get a pen and notepad and for 1 week, write down everything you eat and drink.

At the end of 7 days, sit down and flick through your days.

It should become very evident as to what holes there are in your nutrition.

And now you suddenly have 2 things of massively value:

  1. You’ve taken an honest look at your current diet.
  2. You now have something to work off on how to improve it.

A third one would be that you have actually excelled and shown commitment by keeping a diary for 7 days.

That right there will put you above so many people who want to lose weight but don’t want to address how they currently eat.

So you’re already winning.

Snacks are normally a big downfall.

You might changes it from 6 biscuits with your cup of tea to just 2.

That will possibly cut 200 calories immediately from your day.

Switch from the can of coke to a diet coke and that’s another 140 Kcals saved.

Now if you aim to move more and exercise off 100 calories per day, you’ve suddenly cut 440 calories PER DAY.

It doesn’t have to be rocket science.

You don’t have to cry into bowls of celery just to drop a few pounds.

But you WILL need to take accountability of your actions if you want to see results.

And I suggest your first port of call is to look at your current habits and behaviours.

(Don’t expect to go on the beer 2 nights a week and eat takeaways yet expect to see results!)

Begin to address them and move a little more each day.

Over time it will amass to great progress.

And as always, if you need help, just get in touch.



Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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