7 reasons people fail to lose weight

Even after dedicating three posts on this Website and two Genetic Jackpot podcast episodes to weight loss, I still have a little bit more I’d like to say about the topic.

You can listen to the two podcast episodes below:

To recap: Since June of 2012, I have lost a net 310 pounds. I did this through a variety of exercise routines, diets and a combination of both.

There’s no special diet out there. There’s no perfect exercise routine, really. You have to play trial and error and find out what works for you.

FatNickStill, while we’re all different, the reasons why we may fail to lose weight are the same.

Over the years, I tried and tried hard to lose weight before I succeeded.

Looking back, here were the reasons why I failed in the past – and why I imagine some of you have struggled in the area.

1. We give up too much too quickly.

How many times have you done this in failed weight loss journeys: You empty out the cabinets of all that nasty junk food and immediately go to just veggies and fruits. Nothing against that, obviously, but the biggest problem I experienced in my failed diet attempts of the past was I tried giving it up all at once – and that immediately made me mad and I hated myself. Start slowly. The first big domino that fell in my successful weight loss journey was I found a diet soda to replace a “regular soda.” Out with Coke – in with Diet Mountain Dew. (Yes, that’s a weird change, I know). I immediately shaved off around 300-400 calories a day because of that. Try to spot your biggest weakness and attack it. I lost 20 pounds reasonably quick by giving up soda and walking two miles a day.

2. On a similar note, we often try to do too much too fast when it comes to exercising.

If you’re significantly overweight, ignore all of those BS commercials you see for programs that may or may not work. Ignore them. Start slow and start at your pace. For me, I started walking a mile a day. That quickly turned to two miles a day and evolved into three miles a day. Once I dropped the first 100 pounds, I started doing aerobics. That continued into Insanity. Now I’m on weightlifting. Don’t try to reenact the training montage from Rocky IV where Rocky is preparing to take on Ivan Drago. It’s a process. Which leads me too……

3. Expecting miracles.

It can take weeks to lose 10 pounds, let alone 300 pounds. If we lose “just one pound” in the first week, many of us consider that a failure….when in reality, it’s considered the healthy way to do it. Not understanding that it’s a process – not an overnight miracle – is a big reason we tap out.

4. Not doing it “your way.”

I think the thing I’m most proud about concerning my successful journey is I didn’t follow anyone else’s path. I often switched diets, rotating between low-carb and low-cal. I copied no one’s workout. I did it my way. Choose your own path and don’t be afraid to do trial-and-error. STAY HAPPY!

5. Not accepting the idea that “bad days” happen.

Even the most fit of the most fit will have bad days in the gym or in the kitchen. For me in the past so often, I let one bad day because three bad days. I let three bad days become three bad weeks. Accept that bad days will happen, prevent them and move on to the next day with a fresh start.

6. Having a “have to do it” mindset instead of “want to do it” mindset.

When you have to do something, you often do it begrudgingly. Paying the bills. Paying taxes. Large family gatherings….OK, I’m kidding. You get the point, right? Don’t do that with weight loss. I wrote a list of several reasons why I wanted to lose weight, none of which matters to you. Come up with your own reasons other than “I need to do with for my health.” Health, needless to say, is an important reason. But find positive and entertaining reasons to lose weight. Once you “want to do it,” you’re more likely to actually do it.

7. Not having a scale.

This kind of plays into the third reason above. You need a way to see results – and when you need to lose 100 pounds – you may not “see” progress for a month or two. You need to see those few first pounds you lose to keep on going. A scale is intimidating, but completely worth it.


Those are just the seven reasons I came across looking back at my life. There are certainly more.

But the bottom line is this: You must stay happy with what you’re doing. The minute you start regretting it or hating it, you’re finished.

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Researchers in Colorado develops genetic disruption strategy aimed at deterring evolution of superbugs

ecoli-1184pxResearchers at the University of Colorado in Boulder have developed a genetic disruption strategy that stops the evolution of a “superbug.”

Superbugs, those pathogens that are resistant to drugs, infect nearly 2 million people annually in the United States – killing 23,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“In an effort to develop a sustainable long-term solution, CU Boulder researchers created the Controlled Hindrance of Adaptation ofOrganismS (CHAOS) approach, which uses CRISPR DNA editing techniques to modify multiple gene expressions within the bacteria cells, stunting the pathogen’s central processes and thwarting its ability to evolve defenses,” a news release about the study said.

The process began five years ago when the researchers began examining for genes that could act as a “cellular kill switch for E. coli.

You can read more here.

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New research: ‘Zombie gene’ may help prevent elephants from dying of cancer


It’s estimated that between 11 to 25 percent of humans will die from cancer during life.

The odds increase for those who live longer and the larger you are, the odds increase even more.

However, oddly enough, only five percent of elephants die from cancer despite a male adult elephant weighing up to 13,000 pounds.

Theoretically, elephants should have a significantly higher cancer rate than humans.

So what’s happening here?

New research indicates that elephants have a gene nicknamed the “Zombie” gene. It’s known scientifically as LIF6 and it only is found in elephants.

More from CBS News:

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I Dream of Gene-ie: Scientists discover genes that can control deep sleep


Could nightmares be controlled or even eliminated?

New research indicates that it could at least be possible following the discovering of two genes that are responsive for nightmares and dreams.

Scientists in Japan, in a new study, identified a pair of genes that can regulate rapid eye movement and non-REMP sleep an animal experienced.

The scientists modified mouse genes and genetic screening to determine the factors that could cause sleep abnormalities.

The researchers, from The University of Tokyo, genetically modified mice so they no longer had genes that coded for the chemical messenger acetylcholine, which is released in high amounts when mammals are in REM sleep.

Removing these genes involved knocking out two genes known as Chrm 1 and 3, which are widely distributed across different regions of the brain.

Removing Chrm 1 caused the mice to have short, fragmented periods of REM sleep, while taking out Chrm 3 reduced their length of non-REM shut eye.

Read more here.

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Episode 11: A further discussion about genetics and weight loss


In this week’s episode, Shannon and Nick have a follow-up discussion concerning genetics, diet and weight loss.

Included in the discussion is the role genes can have in weight loss, but why it’s not the only factor.

Plus, Nick elaborates more on his 300-pound weight loss journey over the past six years.


Listen to The Genetic Jackpot Podcast! Previous episodes are below.

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Episode 10: How secure is your genetic information online? 

Episode 9: Exploring the link between weight loss, diet and genetics

Episode 8: The backlog of thousands of untested rape kits

Episode 7: Chicago news anchor’s journey to Africa for answers

Episode 6: Helping younger generations become aware of DNA

Episode 5: DNA’s Role in the Golden State Killer Case

Episode 4: Opening up the “Pandora’s Box”

Episode 3: Pets and DNA

Episode 2: To test or not to test?

Episode #1: An introduction to The Genetic Jackpot

As market forces shift consumer choices, Nestle wants YOUR DNA


The latest company hoping on the bandwagon for personalized nutrition?

Nestle SA.

Nestle is interested in your DNA in order in an effort to take advantage of a growing trend of consumers seeking slightly healthier options when it comes to food.

The company sold off its United States candy unit due to a falling demand for sugary treats.

Now, the company will be using DNA testing in an effort to gather data about customers’ wellness and diet.

More from Bloomberg:

Nestle SA, the world’s largest food company, has joined the trend for personalized nutrition with a blend of artificial intelligence, DNA testing and the modern obsession with Instagramming food. The program, begun in aging Japan, could provide the Swiss company with a wealth of data about customers’ wellness and diet as it pivots toward consumers who are seeking to improve their health and longevity.

You can read the entire article here.

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How DNA science assisted the identification process following September 11th, 2001



Over 2,700 people were killed on September 11, 2001. 

Adding even more sorrow to the tragic events in New York City that day was the fact it took months – and in some cases years – for families to receive final closure. 

Due to the damage caused at Ground Zero from  water, mold, bacteria, fire and jet fuel, the challenge of identifying the remains was very difficult, according to Mark Desire of the Office of the City Medical Examiner in New York City. 

“Fire, water, sunlight and mold and bacteria and jet fuel — all of these things destroy DNA, and I just mentioned everything that was present at Ground Zero, so this was extremely challenging,” he told The New York Post in an interview. 

The Post article details the incredible science that went with the process of identifying the remains, including a way to draw blood from bone. 

You can read more here: https://nypost.com/2018/08/29/inside-the-groundbreaking-science-to-identify-every-last-9-11-victim/

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