Why training to Lose Weight is a Bad Idea


Why Training to Lose weight is a bad idea

Most of us think like this – I need to exercise to lose weight with sole goal being losing the weight.

The problem with weight loss is that it is not linear in terms of constant drop in weight. It is more like a zig zag as in you could lose 2lb a week for a number of weeks in a row and then weigh yourself and be gone up 2 lbs.

This can happen even when you are training well and eating well.

It could be any number of reasons from water retention to toilet regularity to sleep cycle and for women, the time of the month has massive effects. This can really annoy and frustrate you, but it is all you think about and can lead people to give up.

In ABC Gym here in Lucan Sarsfields GAA we see over 100 people per week and we rarely mention weight loss to them.

Many will join for weight loss but we train with a performance culture in mind.

You train to get fitter, stronger and more mobile.

The benefits of our approach are numerous from toning up, getting slimmer, having more energy but again we rarely discuss these things.

It does not matter if you are an athlete or a fat loss client, you will be trained fairly similar here in ABC Gym.

Some people would argue with me but every human Body needs to be able to Squat, Lunge, Hinge at the Hips, and vertically and horizontally push and pull for the upper body so that every muscle in the body is hit from every angle, while helping the posture and muscular balance of the body.

We adjust the sets and reps to the individual, we adjust the exercise to the individual but getting strong is the foundation to fat loss and athletic performance.

Our Performance Culture approach is working so well we see people from Lucan, Leixlip, Clondalkin, Citywest, Newcastle, Maynooth as far as Newbridge, Clane, Roberstown and Clonee travelling to the gym on a weekly basis.

So train with an athletes mindset of constant improvement, constant measurement of progression, this can be as simple of going from doing a TRX Row to a Chin Up over time or to completing your first proper press ups or improving your times on the bike etc.

Guess what happens to those who are doing this? They are seeing their arms and legs tone, their health and fitness improve and their energy increase. If these things are not happening it is generally lifestyle choices that are holding you back but we are here to help you with those too.

The biggest achievement for us though is the benefits that cannot be measured like confidence, happiness, sense of achievement etc

10 Obstacles that Prevent you from Achieving your Ideal Body


What in an ideal world, if you could have exactly what you want, would be your fitness goal, body type goal, appearance goal, health status etc etc?

Give yourself some time to think about this….

Perhaps you will not even try and vision your absolute goal, you will probably just settle for a little bit better.

BUT before you settle, try the following:

This is hard but get a pen and paper and write down 10 obstacles that get in the way, these are 10 things that prevent you from already having that ideal results you are looking for.

I will give you some examples in a second but this is where you then decide if your goals are something you are actually willing to commit to, something you are willing to make sacrifices for or are they unrealistic and unachievable based on your lifestyle, actions and decisions.

Eg Anyone who is a long time follower of the page or knows me personally knows the shape I am capable of getting myself in and as a result used to be a cocky so and so about it over the years. At 34 I like the thoughts of being ‘ripped’ ‘shredded’ and having the 6 pack I have buried underneath there somewhere to be visible again but I am going to be honest, its damn hard work being like that, it takes a lot of discipline and serious consistency with training and nutrition and I love sweets and I love a few pints.

Hardly inspirational gym owner speak but you can take it or leave it. For those who do not know me do not worry I am still in good shape just not Instagram ready and at this moment in time I am fine with that. I have said it before, I will happily get in great shape a couple of times a year but not to a sustainable level for me to do 12 months a year.

Anyway again anyone who knows me knows I like to go off on tangents too, so back to the 10 obstacles :-D

Your obstacles may be any of the following:

My Social Life

The way I binge eat at the weekend

My spouse puts me under pressure to eat crap food

My workmates bring sweets and cakes to work and I end up eating them.

You do not exercise enough

You do not train hard enough

You are inconsistent

You give up too easily

You create stories in my head that you cannot commit to the gym because it is everyone else’s fault like my spouse or my kids

You work shift work and I eat at different times of day or night

You do not prepare or think about my food

You eat out too much

You have no support system

You have no clue what you are doing

You emotionally eat

You smoke

You hang around with the wrong people

You get distracted by every article that comes up on every social media and newspaper outlet

You are doing the wrong form of exercise

You blame your trainer because you eat like a fool when in your own home and then lie and tell everyone you eat well

Portion sizes are too big

You order takeaway every week

You eat crackers every day

You still think bread is bad for you and do not know why you are not getting results when you give it up and then end up going and eating more than ever


I could go on here but now that you have some ideas you can go and create your own version of the list.

See can you come up with 10 things that effect your chances of achieving your ideal results.

Then see what the 3 most impactful things are and see are you willing to change them.

Some people instantly decide they are not willing to make any changes and that is perfectly fine, it may be your chance to realise that you are happy and you need to stop chasing something that does not exist or it may be your chance to see that your goals are either unachievable or now armed with some self-awareness it may be your chance to radically change your life but realise that it is going to mean changing a couple of things that have being getting in your way until now.

I would love to see some of your lists guys, I really would and this is the homework I give people once they come in for their Body Composition testing with us because far too many fitness people are quick to hand out the meal plans or the advice on what to eat, you can google what to eat, stick to it and get results but it is no good unless you look at a much bigger picture.

Best of luck with your lists and figuring out your top 2 or 3 biggest hurdles

Be the BEST you can be at your current AGE and current Circumstances!!

The end of the summer is coming.


Like every summer for the last few years all you were concerned about was looking good for your holidays.


You let how you look dictate how you feel but maybe it is twofold. Perhaps how you feel is reflected in how you look?


As always you focussed on the goal instead of the process but the goal looked big and scary.

The goal looked like too much hard work.


Believe me I get it, I am 33 now, I do not have the great metabolism I had in my 20’s. The snacks and treats start to add up now, hangovers are no longer a pain in the head the morning after, they are now days of sluggishness, the bags under the eyes do not go away as quickly and there is a realisation now that exercise and training need to be focussed on living a long healthy life rather than looking the part in a tight top.


Who do you want to become for your spouse, your family, your friends?


Do you want to give off vibrancy and energy or lethargy and desperation?


Why I am writing this? I got married earlier this year. I literally got in as good of shape as I have ever being in. Ok it was a landmark event but the thinking from a training and nutrition point of view was based on a one-off…..and as a lot of you will know what happens when you achieve a short term goal?


There seems to be nowhere to go next. I put on over a stone on the honeymoon and 4 months later I am still hanging on to half that stone.


I was working with Setanta College in Thurles this weekend and I am literally wrecked.


Reading back on the words I have written so far it sounds like I am in a bad place?


Absolutely NOT. Just a realisation that you need to get yourself in the best place you can be at your current age, in your current circumstances and not always be chasing the body you had in your youth. The reason I am so tired is not from being in a bad place, it is from training hard and working hard all week and my mind and body is displaying what is natural.


We are invincible in our youth, we are capable of greatness our whole lives. We can still be energiser bunnies but now that requires great discipline, a lot of consistency and a sound mind.


Every now and again I think it is important to reflect on yourself and your thoughts and beliefs and call your own BS from time to time. The BS I have had in my life is always my attraction to food and my refusal to track it. My belief that I could train hard, train regularly, eat well and throw treats in on top of it in the mindset that this was a balanced life is starting to come up short now. The Bodycoach is wrong. Calories do matter. It does not matter if the food is good for you, if you eat enough of it the calories still add up. If the calories add up to more than you burn you will put on a pouch in time.


In the past I have dismissed tracking calories, well at least in the long term. Yet I have always advocated Awareness in your life. Awareness of how you think, what goes on in your mind, what you portray to others and an awareness of what is important in your life. Yet I was making the mistake of not being aware of my food intake? I will forgive it as youthful invincibility mistake but to live in greatness long term it is something I will need more awareness of.


True beauty is portrayed in energy, positivity, vibrancy and a smile on your face. Focus on the process, the process is living well, training consistently even if that is not as often as you want, think long term and eat well but being aware that you can have fun with your food if you keep an eye on how much is going in versus what is going out.


The summer is coming to a close, it won’t be long ‘til the little black dress ads are out and will you fall into the same trap of bouncing in and out of that? There is no rush, life is there to be lived, live a long one, live a happy one.

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