TT Weekly: Why Fat-Loss Programs Fail

By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

Fat loss programs fail because we end up eating more and exercising less on
the weekends.

Monday to Friday you are a fat burning robot. Your fat loss program is
kicking butt.

You do a fat burning Turbulence Training workout first thing in the morning,
eat breakfast, have a high-protein salad for lunch, a healthy afternoon
snack, and then a sensible dinner. It all adds up to a pound of fat loss per

Or so it should, if it were not for the 2 fat loss killers, Saturday and

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine recruited 48
men and women and put them on a year long weight loss program. At the start
of the program, subjects were already gaining weight on weekends while
losing weight during the week.


Researchers say that subjects reported eating more on Saturdays, and
exercising less on Sunday.

During the year long research study, half of the subjects were put on a
calorie-restricted diet while the other half was put on an exercise program.

Both groups lost weight during the week, but weekends stopped both groups
of subjects from losing weight because both groups ended up eating more
calories on the weekend.

As a result, the researchers concluded that many exercise and diet programs
fail because of weekend lifestyle behaviors.

Here’s what you need to do to stop your fat loss program from failing.

First, identify all the problems that come up on weekends causing you to eat
more or exercise less.

Second, brainstorm two solutions for each one of these problems.

If you plan and prepare your weekends just as hard as you do for your
weekdays, you’ll continue to lose fat week in and week out.

About the Author

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit

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