Two regular conversations that I have with people are around why they’re not losing weight and about how they’re “too busy” to do the things they might like to do.

In both cases I often recommend that they accurately track the relevant variable for a few days to get clear on some relatively easy adjustments that they could make.


And time.

A handful of minutes a day spent recording where these go is nearly always eye opening.

And it gives data.

Something accurate to work with rather than educated guesswork and generic advice.

And it helps identify the easier adjustments we can make rather than the more time consuming ones that often spring to mind.

I sometimes direct them to modules on our app / site that quickly explain how track both these cases.

Plenty then do this and get the benefit.

Plenty don’t though.

Usually saying they’re “too busy” to do it.

Too busy to become less busy?

And, whilst I’m sure they are busy, I think there’s something else at play in at least some of those cases.

Because they know, deep down, it would reveal the truth.

It would question the story that they’ve been hiding behind to justify them not doing what they said they would.

“I don’t eat that much”

“I have no more than 1,200 calories a day”

“I’m too busy”

“I’ve too much on”

“I don’t have time for this”

What’s the worst that can happen?

You spend a few minutes tracking your time and turns out you were right and you are too busy?

You track your calories and it turns out you’re the first human in history to not lose weight when in a calorie deficit (if it seems like you are, then there’s probably just something not quite right in the figures)?

And the best that can happen?

You make some tactical changes to how you assign your time so you get the results that you desire?

You find some relatively easy changes you can make to your eating so that you then lose weight?

Sounds worth a few minutes finding out for sure to me.

Members – if you’re not sure how to track your food, check out the Track section of the Learn tab on the app.

And / or for tracking time.

If you’re not a member and want actual support and accountability (and two weeks free) then it’s that you need).

Much love,

Jon ‘and field’ Hall


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

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