Why people fail at weight loss

By on October 22, 2011

If you’re trying to lose weight, the chances are that you’ll probably fail.

Oh, you may get it off for a little while…. you may exercise your butt off, and really feel great.  But, given a little more time, you’ll most likely be wearing every bit of the weight (plus some) that you originally lost.

Is it lack of willpower?  No.  When I was hungry all the time, I always went back to crazy eating, and weight gain.

If our (mostly) slender ancestors from 150 years ago were hungry all the time, they’d be overweight, too.  I promise you’re no different.  If you’re consistently hungry, you’ll always fail at losing weight. You can count on it…

You hungry=you overweight. 

The secret to failing?

Keep consuming sugar (even if it’s low fat, and low calorie).  The morning doughnut,  “pick-me-up” can of soda, the snicker bar mid-day snack….. The “I’ve eaten low calorie today, I’ll reward myself with some dessert tonight” mentality, the late night sweet-tooth raid on the refrigerator.  All of the above add sugar to our diet.  But what about moderation?  What about calorie intake?  Each of the above only has a few calories, right?  Extremely valid points that I’ll come back to in a few paragraphs.

Among many other things, the problem with sugarcalories  in sugar that hurt us (sugar has fewer calories per gram compared to many other foods), but rather the damage that sugar does to our hormone system. Dr’s Hardick, et, al (2010) also stated: “Sugar is cheap and addictive”.

Summed up: we eat sugary foods, our hormones get messed up, and we crave more sugary foods.  This set up a perpetual cycle that makes us (and keeps us) fat. 

How bad is it?  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1998), “Our early ancestors consumed less sugar in a year then we now consume in a day”.

100 years ago, the typical American ate about 6 pounds of sugar per year.  Today, that number is about 160 pounds per year.  (Imagine sitting down to not just one, not two, but 32 -5 pound bags of sugar with a spoon, and starting to gorge.  That’s what the typical American does every year.

If you’re up for it, I challenge you to the following: Keeping in mind that 100 years ago, we ate about 1/30th the sugar we do now, go online and look at some pictures of Americans from pre-1900…. Look at as many as you can…. How many overweight people do you see?

Next, walk around a shopping mall, and look at the people around you…. Count ’em as you go.  Any overweight people you see?

If you would want topermanently lose weight, you’d drastically reduce your sugar consumption.  From where would you cut it?  Any of the following: soda, sugary cereal, most energy bars, sports drinks, energy drinks, candy, ice cream, cookies, donuts, syrup, and packaged foods that contain sugar.

Soda would be COMPLETELY replaced with water.  Deserts would easily be replaced with natural sugar-free desserts (you can see one example here), the morning sugar rush would be replaced with among other things,  an extremely healthy smoothie (see  “my favorite morning meals“),   and packaged foods would begin to be replaced with cooked, unprocessed foods.  Your vegetable consumption would substantially go up, and your use of healthy fats like olive oil, raw nuts, avocados, eggs, coconut milk, and coconut oil would also go up. Finally, if you want to permanently lose weight, you’d realize that getting off of sugar would seem like “hell” for several days, up to a week.  However, you’d also realize after that time, that you’d feel so good, that you’d ever wonder how you ever let yourself get addicted in the first place.

Oh yea, for more tips on permanent weight loss, click here.




Hardick, B.J, Roberto, K. Lerner, B. Maximized Living Nutrition Plans (2009).

Sugar Busters, H.L. Steward, M.C. Bethea, M.D., S.S. Andrews, M.D., L.A. Balart, M.D., Ballantine Books, 1998, p.19; U.S. Department of Agriculture.





About Michael Tremba

Dr. Michael Tremba, once severely overweight himself, has studied to distinguish the truth about weight loss, and the shocking mis-information that's taught to us by many "trusted" groups. Through the techniques that have helped him regain his health, he shares uncommon tools to help anyone else desiring to lose weight to live the life they're meant to. He enjoys reading, exercising, travelling, and spending time with his wife, Shari in Mobile, Alabama Find me on Twitter, Google+ and let's connect on LinkedIn.
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