The one thing all diets have in common


21 Aug The one thing all diets have in common

Something you have all heard me speak about before is calories and how they affect body composition both positively and negatively.

This blog stems from a conversation I was having with a couple of guys the other day who want to lose some weight.

It’s very straightforward; I told them to start burning a few more calories than they currently are (which is very little), to start tracking what they are eating and looking at portion sizes and also the amount of food they are eating. Then it’s also worth watching alcohol intake over the weekend.

I was then hit with about 100 different diets they had looked at, tried, failed at, did well at for a period, couldn’t do etc.

After listening to all these different methods they had tried, I sat them down and tried to explain to them that all these different dietary protocols had simply one thing in common:

They reduced overall calorie consumption!!


Carbs aren’t the devil.

Having a treat every now and again isn’t the worst thing for you.

Having a drink at the weekends isn’t the worst thing for you.


What will ultimately determine whether you will lose weight or not is simply:

The amount of calories in versus amount of calories out! IT IS THAT STRAIGHTFORWARD!

I should mention this is unless you have some sort of underlying medical condition that hasn’t yet been diagnosed, but ultimately, it’s calories that determine weight loss or weight gain.


Sure, you want to be getting as many calories from good nutrient dense foods as possible, but, for example, simply cutting bread or potatoes out of your diet but still over consuming everything else won’t make a blind bit of difference.

Try this:

  • Pick a target weight/waist measurement you are aiming for.
  • Keep doing whatever activity & nutrition plan you are currently doing, and check the scales and your measurements after two weeks.
  • If nothing has moved in the direction you want, then start moving more or go and find a respectable trainer and get a training programme.
  • After another two weeks (1 month in), if things are starting to move in the direction you want, then keep that plan going and start to get on top of your nutrition with some portion control, watching snacks, alcohol etc and get some help off a trainer.
  • Check again after another two weeks (6 weeks into the process) and things should then be moving at a reasonably good rate towards your goal.


You don’t need to start a drastic new diet or crazy crash diet plan, you just need to find some sort of calorie intake and output balance that fits you and helps get you towards your goal.

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