I know that some of you might hit the gym hard and you stick to a STRICT workout and eating routine. However, you may not be seeing the weight loss that you were expecting. Fitness journeys are hard work and take a lot more than just working out and eating right. Although you may be seemingly doing the work you think you need to be doing to drop weight, there may be some key factors that are preventing you from losing the pounds.
The following reasons as to why you may not be losing weight require tiny adjustments to the way you are doing things. It’s nothing extreme to the point that these changes are going to be a big struggle for you.
We all know that drinking water and staying hydrated Is something you should be doing regardless of the type of lifestyle you want to be living. Water plays a significant role when It comes to weight loss. Being hydrated and having that water In your system when you start eating will help you not eat nearly as much. Water can help you have a satiated feeling (a fuller feeling) for a longer time. This can curb any craving that you may usually get, preventing you from snacking on things you don’t need or overeating.
When you stay hydrated, your metabolism will speed up. A faster metabolism makes burning fat and losing weight much easier because your body Is constantly burning energy and needs to keep finding different sources of energy.
My Advice: If you aren’t a water drinking there are flavored water packets and flavoring that are zero everything. They flavor your water without all the extra nasty stuff.
When Walking Is Not Enough
If the gym Isn’t your thing walking might be. I know a lot of people In my personal life and through work that they think walking 10,000 steps a day Is going to shed the pounds. Honestly, It won’t hurt you to walk towards helping you to lose weight. But walking alone Is going to shed ALL THOSE UNWANTED POUNDS! Yes, getting up and walking Is better than sitting on the couch doing nothing. If you want to see REAL RESULTS you need to crank up the Intensity.
Walking Is good for your heart fibers. It gets the blood pumping and It actually has been researched to help clog arteries get a little more unclogged and It brings oxygen to the brain. However, If you are walking and still eating like crap you are still what you eat. With any type of physical activity you need to change your eating ways to see results and I’m not saying you can’t lose weight alone by walking you can (I’ve seen It done) you just need to know how many steps you need to walk for weight loss.
My Advice: Try the walk/jog method. You start by walking getting the blood pumping then you jog for 2 minutes and then you walk for 2 minutes and you do this for 10 minutes and then you take a slow walk for 3 minutes and then you repeat. Doing this you will eventually cover more distance, Increase your fitness, and your body will shed more fat, thus allowing for weight to start dropping off your body.
Too Many Healthy Foods
Yes, eating healthy food can be bad for you. Too much of a good thing Is sometimes a bad thing. By too much, I’m talking about eating so much that you start to consume more calories than you are burning throughout the day. You can only be eating healthy foods, but If you are eating an excess amount of them, you won’t be losing any weight. The basic formula for weight loss Is to burn more than you consume.
When you eat too much of a healthy food, you are going to either maintain a certain weight or gain weight. For example, if you eat nothing but fruits and vegetables all day, you will be getting all the vitamins and minerals they have to offer, but if you eat too much, you aren’t going to see any change in your weight. This may come as a surprise, but if you want to lose weight, you need to consume a lot more fat. Eat fat to lose fat. It sounds weird, but It’s true. Doing this Is called a ketogenic diet. You change your body to burn fat based on what you eat. If you are Interested In learning more about the Ketogenic Diet here Is a link to a post I did ~~~~> How to get Into Ketosis
Here are some other links that are related to the ketogenic lifestyle. Keto Mousse
Cardio is an important piece of the weight loss puzzle, but mixing In some weight training Is another piece that needs to be added. When you are able to add weight training to your routine, you will be building muscle mass, thus, dropping that extra fat and speeding up your metabolism. The muscle will slowly take the place of the fat you have on your body.
You may have heard the saying, “Muscle weighs more than fat.” This saying Isn’t true at all. 1 pound of fat and 1 pound of muscle weigh the exact same. However, muscle Is definitely more dense than fat. If you were to look at a pound of fat compared to a pound of muscle, the fat will look like It weighs more because of how much more substance there Is to It. Cardio can only drop so much weight before you plateau. Adding in some weight lifting is going to get you beyond that plateau and on the path to more weight loss.
My Advice: Slowly add weights to your workout routine. It doesn’t have to be anything heavy. You can start with 5-pound weights and slowly work your way up to heavyweights. And If you are walking you can always hold lighter weights when you walk so you can get your cardio In and some weight training In at the same time.
Okay, I know In the beginning of this post I mentioned how eating too much of a good thing can actually be bad for your health and weight loss. It’s important to get enough of these healthy foods. Getting enough vegetables In your “Diet” Is crucial. They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals and nutrients on top of being low-calorie. A “Diet” that Is heavy In vegetables will help you the most during a weight loss journey.
Along with all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you’ll be getting that add to your overall health, the fiber that Is In most vegetables Is going to help you keep a satiated feeling for a longer time.
My Advice: If you don’t like to cook fresh vegetables and frozen vegetables Is more your thing look for frozen organic vegetables that the only Ingredients are the vegetables Itself. If you don’t like vegetables….well… start experimenting with the different season of vegetables until you find some that you love!
Not Enough Food
This Is a no-brainer. You need to maintain the proper amount of food In your body so that It can function at an optimal level. When you try to save calories for later on In the day, you are going to start screwing with your metabolism. Once your metabolism gets all out of whack, everything else seems to be off as well, leading to less or no weight loss.
My Advice: Even If you aren’t hungry for a meal try to have a small snack. Don’t skip meals because If you actually do not enough your body can go Into starvation mode and you will ALWAYS gain the weight you “lost” and then some.
You need help understanding food labels I can help you. Don’t let the food that Is seemingly healthy hold you back and kill your goals before they even get started. A little secret that many people don’t know Is that In order to lose fat, you need to eat fat. Yes, I understand that it sounds a bit weird, but It’s weird and VERY true. When you eat more fats, your body will be able to lose fat faster.
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