Perhaps you’ve been diligently clocking in those hours at the gym, training hard and doing your best to shed those pesky pounds. However, whenever you step on the scale, you get frustrated – and the results of your hard work just don’t show. Well, if this has been happening lately, don’t worry. Sometimes all you need to do is simply make some lifestyle or workout changes, and of course, not give up on your weight loss goals – even when things get tough.
Today, Evolve Daily reveals 5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing Weight From Training:
1) You don’t push yourself hard enough
Be honest. How consistent are you with your workouts, and do you really give your 100% to every training session? If you only show up at the gym once a month, try to take shortcuts or cheat on those reps, you’re only taking yourself further away from your goals.
With that said, it is just as important to remember that quality beats quantity when it comes to your workouts. Spending more time in the gym doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll burn more calories – especially if you don’t push yourself.
Tip: Why not make it a point to spend an hour training, and giving that session your all? When you maximize your time like this, you will keep your metabolism boosted for 24 hours afterward.
2) You aren’t fueling up with the right food
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: you are what you eat. So if you indulge in your favorite junk food after training because you feel that you “earned it”, don’t be surprised to find that you’re not losing that unwanted weight. After all, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.
Apart from that, if you don’t keep tabs on what you’re eating or misjudge your portion sizes, there’s a good chance you will end up overeating. So reach out for nutritional food that will benefit your body!
Tip: Include these fat burning foods in your diet to melt away that pesky fat.
3) You’re not eating enough
Besides overeating, depriving yourself of food is another problem, as doing so can actually cause your body to hold on to more fat. This is because your body can’t burn calories as efficiently – and sometimes even goes into starvation mode – when you deprive yourself of food. So don’t skip any of your meals as they’re all important! Apart from giving you the energy to power through your workouts, having sufficient food also revs up your metabolism.
Tip: Have 5 to 6 small meals a day and always kickstart your day with a healthy breakfast.
4) You only do cardio
Cardio boosts your heart health, builds your stamina, and increases your metabolism. But did you know that strength training helps you burn more fat? This is because it enables your body to build lean muscle, which consumes more fuel for your day-to-day function. As a result, you will burn more calories even when you’re resting.
Tip: If you currently only do cardio, switch things up by including some strength training in your workout schedule. For those who are already strength training, perhaps it’s time to shock your muscles with a new workout.
5) You aren’t getting enough sleep
Yes, we know. There are many things that can keep you awake at night – but did you know that sleeping too little can play a part in weight gain? Besides feeling like a zombie the following day, you will also be cranky and more likely to make unhealthy food choices as well as overeat.
What’s more, your body will not be able to repair itself effectively when you don’t get enough rest, and as a result, not be able to function at its best when you’re in the gym as well. Hence, you might not perform at your best and this will hinder your body’s ability to burn fat.
Tip: If your body clock is messed up, you might want to read about how to adjust it back to normal. If not, just avoid using any electronic devices about 30 minutes before you go to sleep – and stick to a fixed bedtime every night, even on weekends.
So tell us, are you ready to make the necessary tweaks and get into the best shape of your life?