• Ben Banbury

Why Are You Eating Healthily But Still Not Losing Weight?

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

It's frustrating huh? Spending all this time trying to eat as healthily as possible only to find that the scales aren't dropping. Let me explain why!

Here's an example of the sort of message I receive on a frequent basis;

"Hi Ben. I'm looking to lose around 10lbs pounds and drop some fat around my stomach. I exercise 3 times a week and eat really healthily. I usually have a smoothie with berries for breakfast. Salmon or chicken for lunch, and lots of vegetables for dinner. I snack on fruit and nuts and have the occasional wine of an evening. Why am I still not loosing weight?"

So that sounds really healthy right! So why isn't this person loosing weight? Why are they still struggling?

Apart from this message being a tad vague as there's no mention of quantity. The client could also be lying to themselves about how much they're actually eating. Or they're twisting the truth because they feel guilty about telling me

But that to one side. Why? The next paragraph might shock you a little bit

Healthy Foods Don't Make You Lose Weight

Okay so. MIND FUCK

I'm afraid just eating healthily won't necessarily result in weight loss

We eat good nutritious food because of the nutrients, minerals and fiber content

Healthy foods also tend to be lower in calories and higher in fiber. Fiber keeps you feeling nice and full, so it takes longer for you to feel hungry again

But healthy foods still contain calories.. and you can still eat too many

It's just much harder to over eat them!

As those of you that read my blogs regularly will know, the only way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you are burning

If you need 1700 calories a day to maintain your weight, but you're eating 2000 calories of healthy foods like salmon, chicken, nuts and smoothies. You're still going to put on weight!

Your body doesn't decide to put on or lose fat. It doesn't register you've eaten a bag of mixed nuts instead of a Mars bar and say;

"Right, she's done well. Let's give her a little treat and knock of a pound"

You can eat healthily, you can make all the right food choices, but you can still consume too many calories

To make this a bit easier to digest I'm going to share some pictures from an awesome Instagram profile @thefitnesschef

Your Calorie Accountant

Think of your daily calorie consumption like an account sitting behind a desk in a shabby office. A head sunk, beady eyed old man with round glasses perched on the end of his nose (I picture mine like a Quinton Blake sketch)

Everything you eat in a day is the equivalent to an expense. Your budget for the day is £50

You'e out shopping and as the day goes by you're buying odds and sods here and there until at 6 pm, you hit your £50 budget

You're about to head home when you walk past your favorite shop and notice a couple of items you've wanted for a while in the shop window

What's a more sensible purchase?;

  1. A new rucksack which you so desperately need for work, or

  2. A fully automatic marshmallow rifle with a laser pointer and flashing lights?