The #1 Reason Why You Can’t Lose Weight

As an industry professional, for a long time now, I have been wondering why people can’t lose weight or succeed nutritionally even if they are trying different types of diets and workouts.

Food is essential to life, amazing in taste, diversity, and the power it possesses to heal and fuel our bodies. However, I didn’t always believe, understand, or follow this principle. As a kid, my parents made me eat my vegetables, and I led an active lifestyle but, like most kids, I loved junk food.

Since childhood, I’d experienced challenges, frustrations, and physical symptoms—at that time, I wasn’t aware of how these issues were linked to nutrition. Severe skin conditions, digestive disruptions, and appetite abnormalities plagued me.

My parents sought advice and guidance from medical specialists (GPs, Dermatologists, and Autoimmune specialists). The professional recommendations, along with the information I learned in university health science courses, failed to remedy these issues.

The quality of my nutrition improved slightly through university when I started personal training, but I was still plagued by the same health and skin issues. When working with clients, the nutrition advice centered on the standard government healthy eating guidelines I’d learned in university and via the personal training courses I’d taken. This involved basic education on macronutrients (carbs, protein, fat), the food pyramid, Canada Food Guide, the “calories in versus calories out” equation, plus specific information about the key vitamins and nutrients that people need.

The real reason why I failed to treat my symptoms or why you can’t lose weight

It wasn’t until I reached my late twenties that I got fed up dealing with my symptoms and conditions and decided to expand my knowledge base outside of the mainstream options.

Through further study and observation of pioneers and thought leaders in holistic nutrition and wellness, I learned almost all I had been taught about nutrition and weight loss was wrong or misguided. Therefore useless to me and my clients in changing body composition and leading a healthier life.

I dedicated a significant amount of time to researching and discerning everything ‘fuel’ is, and why people can’t lose weight or successfully treat their symptoms. The result has been an amazing (and ongoing) journey that has eliminated my issues, caused me to reassess my pre-existing beliefs about nutrition, positively transformed the health of me and my family, helped me live a happier life, and allowed me to better serve the needs of my clients.

It’s not true that you can’t lose weight or get healthy! Here is why

Contrary to what most people think and struggle with each day, proper nutrition, weight loss, and healthy eating are simple. It is not true that you can’t lose weight. You most certainly can! And I’m excited to show you how straightforward and fulfilling this change can be.

My objective is to eliminate your key confusion and frustration points about nutrition and weight loss, simplify the process of choosing the right food to eat, and help you look at food from a different perspective. Doing this will allow you to better accomplish your health and body composition goals. Because let’s face it, that’s the number one reason most people get interested in nutrition at least in the beginning.

The nutrition solution to look, feel, be healthy, and lose weight
  1. Eat food (real food, not “food-type products”).

  2. Eat at regular intervals and consistent times.

  3. Manage portions easily.

  4. Forget about calories and nutrients.

  5. Get in touch with your gut and digestive system.

  6. Take time to eat meals and share them with other people.

  7. Look at food and nutrition from a new perspective.

In Pillar #4 (Fuel) of The Fitness Curveball book, I break down each of these 7 strategies into a simple and easy-to-implement plan. This is the final part of a 4 book series to help you hit a grand slam in health and happiness, no matter what life throws at you.

While my approach to nutrition is simple and straightforward, this is not a typical diet book. It will not focus on weight loss, calorie counting, or the number of grams of a specific nutrient each person should consume. It will likely upend many of the popular notions of dieting and nutrition advice that you currently believe to be true.

My goal is to:
  • Share my knowledge and experience with you.

  • Help you look at nutrition from a different and (I believe) more effective perspective.

  • Inspire you to ask better questions about food and your relationship to it.

  • Provide you with the practical tools and strategies to eat well, nourish your body, enjoy food, and reach your healthy body composition goals.

You will NOT be asked to:
  • Go “on” a diet.

  • Starve yourself.

  • Eliminate or severely restrict major things such as “carbs”, “fat” or foods you enjoy, without at least having important background information from which to make the decision.

  • Blindly take my advice: I will provide valid external sources that you can review as desired.

Following these simple and highly effective strategies will help you fuel your body for success and performance, enjoy food, lose weight, and reach your health and body composition goals while being able to maintain them indefinitely.

You can pick up the books at or

In my Fuel Your Body For Success online workshop, you will learn the difference between real food and food type products, calorie counting, portion sizing, metabolic typing, and creating a meal plan customized to your lifestyle.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep active!


  1. It can be pretty stressful If you’re eating healthfully and working out but not losing weight. But thanks for clearing that out. Some people like me have a slow metabolism and this makes it difficult to lose weight.

    1. Author

      Yes, in that case, can be difficult to lose weight. Thanks for sharing that with us Beth!

  2. What we eat is so important! Fueling our bodies with the right stuff while not consuming way too much is vital to understand.

    1. Nutrition is such a complex topic, because it really does depend on the person. What works for one doesn’t work for another. It’s really fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Author

        Yes, that is true Hailey, but some common bases do exist. Thank you for engaging!

  3. Brilliant advice here!! Sometimes when life is busy, its hard to dig out the reason why weight loss can be hard or your current diet is not working, but with these tips you cannot go wrong for sure xx

    1. Author

      That’s why we all need professional help sometimes 😉

  4. I am on a lifestyle change journey. Relearning my relationship with food has been the hardest part of it all, but I’m hopeful.

    1. Author

      Thanks for sharing that with us Heather, and good luck!

  5. Agreed! There’s so much misinformation out there about what to do when it comes to losing weight. We all have different bodies and therefore, react to different ways of losing weight. I do believe that portion control and eating real foods are better ways to combat the gain.

    Maureen |

    1. Author

      Exactly Maureen! And not just to fight weight gain, but to improve overall health!

  6. Just read your article on why some people struggle to lose weight and I found it really insightful. Your emphasis on mindset and self-compassion was refreshing and definitely worth considering.

  7. I think a lot of people struggle with this, and work out so intensely, trying to figure out why they aren’t losing weight. This is a good resource.

  8. Very educational post. But I have to admit I didn’t read through the whole thing. As someone who struggles with her weight (have suffered from anorexia nervosa for years) these sort of posts tend to push me to the edge. However, from what I did read, it’s fairly educational and helpful to those who perhaps struggle with weight loss.

    1. Author

      Sorry to hear that Nyxie. And I am sorry that you didn’t read the whole post. I know it’s difficult but Tim’s idea might have helped you! After all, this post was written for all suffering from weight gain or anorexia.

  9. Hhhhmmm….I think it’s high time I looked at food with a new perspective. It’s been the age-old battle of calories and food nutrients for me. Thank you for this option.

  10. Ever since reading 100 Days of Real Food about 10 years ago, I have drastically changed what we eat. Also reading French Kids Eat Everything changed my thoughts about how we eat. While it isn’t always perfect, eating the right foods for our body can make such a big difference in more than just our weight.

    1. Author

      Great job Stephanie with reading those books. We all need to educate ourselves on nutrition topics. Thank you for sharing that with us!

  11. It is so sad many of us don’t understand how to approach the issue of weight loss. Articles such as this are important to understand how our habits and ‘products’ pushed on us impact our goals.

  12. This is such a helpful post. Especially because I’ve been learning how to eat for my body type. Thanks for sharing these great tips.

  13. Hey there! Just wanted to drop a quick note and say thanks for sharing this article on weight loss. The insight on mindset and self-talk was really helpful and something I’ll definitely be keeping in mind. Cheers!

    1. Author

      Glad you liked it Monidipa! And for commenting! All the best!

  14. Food is really key to losing weight! Exercise is great but what you’re putting in your body is key!

  15. I think your metabolism slows down as you age. This post is very informative. Although I am right at the ideal weight for my height and age, I would still like to learn how to eat healthier meals.

    1. Author

      Then Tim’s book is perfect for you! Thank you for commenting!

  16. Great information, I want to get back onto a healthier track myself so this is good timing.

    1. Author

      There can’t be better timing than right now 🙂 Good luck Luna

  17. I recently cleared out my pantry. I was shocked at how many foods we had been eating were GMO or banned in other countries because of how dangerous they were. Eating whole, clean, organic foods is so important!

    1. Author

      Organic can be a good choice if you have funds for it. Non-organic, but fresh and local, from the local farm, can be also a great choice!

  18. One of my biggest struggles is forgetting to eat, and then I end up eating late. I need to find some time to read your book.

  19. Such great tips! I know my husband often goes on crazy diets but he can’t keep those up for long so then goes back to how things were.

    1. Author

      Yes, extreme diets are hard to hold on to if you are not seriously sick. We all need to try and find the middle way, something in between…

  20. Weight loss isn’t always a simple equation. Now, I understand other factors. And its important to understand these to help us in our fitness journey.

  21. Thank you for the tips. I will make sure to lessen fatty foods and eat real foods. more green and less oily.

  22. Author

    And thank you Stephanie for commenting. I am glad you liked the post.

  23. What a wonderful article! I too started doing my own research regarding nutrition and have found that there is a lot of conflicting information out there. I know your book will help many people know the truth about nutrition and actually loss weight. Thanks for sharing tour expertise!

    1. Author

      You are most welcome Jenna, and thank you for your kind words and for your feedback!

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