The difference between being a fussy eater and a fussy ‘healthy’ eater

Kevin Mountford KM Fitness

by | Feb 19, 2022 | Nutrition

One of the most common issues we come across, is people not eating enough “healthy” food, and instead eating far too much “unhealthy” food, which has far less “volume” per kcal compared to healthy food.

This in turn leads people to massively over eating without actually thinking that they are!

This then leads to them asking the question….”.

“I don’t understand why I’m overweight! I’m a fussy eater and don’t eat much”.

NO! You’re a fussy “unhealthy eater”! You are overweight because you consume too many unhealthy food choices that don’t fill you up the same way that healthy food does, which is why you KEEP EATING IT! Simple!!!


Quite often when we start clients on their macros and calories they struggle in the first few weeks to hit them due to the increased volume. They may even start to question if they are over eating due to feeling fuller.

It is important to remember at this stage that they are not overeating! They will in fact be eating far less calories than they would have been previously, which has resulted in them gaining weight.

Also more often than not we do actually start new clients who’s goal is weight loss, on a significantly lower number of calories than what would be deemed a ‘healthy deficit’ for their weight.


This is because they are simply not used to consuming that amount of volume prior to getting started with us.

In my early days of coaching I would make the mistake of starting them on what would be deemed a healthy deficit and then get frustrated when they simply couldn’t manage anywhere near that amount.

With experience of coaching hundreds of people I now know that the better option is to set them a realistic initial target and then gradually increase calories as they progress.

It is also important to note that it is essential that the client adheres to the set plans from the beginning in order for progress to be made each week.

It is virtually impossible to accurately monitor a persons progress if targets consistently aren’t being hit and continue to go off plan. 5 good days and 2 bad days or 1 good week and 1 bad week will result in zero progress.

For most people the process of losing weight takes months not weeks. It requires consistent eating habits that are monitored week in week out.

It requires patience, commitment and a realisation that they won’t get there overnight and that they will be required to place it as a high value in their life for the required period of time, dependant on their start point.

With all that being said this is why people continually fail to achieve their weight loss goal. They aren’t prepared to play the long game due to a lack of patience, support and accurate advise.

This is why most people need a coach/PT, but that’s a topic for another day.

I hope this helps and feel free to drop us a DM if you would like any help or advise.