Imagine this scenario: you’ve been working out regularly and watching what you eat but the darn scale just won’t budge.
You think: “I am doing everything I’m ‘supposed’ to, so why am I not losing weight?
What’s the deal??
If this has happened to you, it certainly can be frustrating. At times the issues is not giving things enough time. There are also physical and metabolic issues which can prevent or slow weight loss.
But for many of us, the problem is not something outside of our control. Before heading to the doctor for a blood test, ask yourself if you’re doing any of these four things.
1. You’re cheating on your diet too much.
It is easy to make ourselves believe we’re “watching what we eat.” But are you really? How many times a week are you going out with friends, having a few drinks, or allowing your self a little treat? These little extras here and there do add up. Try writing down everything (I mean everything) you put into your mouth for a week. You might be surprised just how often you’re actually straying from your diet.
2. You’re dogging your workouts.
Sure, you’re going to the gym. But are you really making the most of your time there? Physically getting to the gym is only worth partial credit. It’s what you do with that time that really matters. Are you on the treadmill or elliptical for 45 minutes while reading a magazine or watching TV? Are you wandering around the weight room, doing a few exercises here and there? In order to lose weight you have to consistently challenge your body. When you’re working out, don’t let your mind wander. Focus 100% on your goal and working to your maximum ability level. It makes a huge difference.
3. You’ve been doing the same routine since forever.
You know those people you see at the gym everyday, always doing the same thing. They never look any different, do they? That’s because over time your body adapts to whatever challenge you give it. So even a workout that was really tough at first, will eventually become easy if you do it again and again. To continue getting results you have to find new and different ways to challenge your body. Mix it up. Try a new class, add weights instead of just cardio, etc.
4. You’re not planning ahead.
Life is busy. There’s work, kids, school, activities and so on. Somewhere in all that craziness you have to make sure you have healthy food to eat and time to workout. That isn’t going to magically happen. You must plan ahead, consistently. Failure to do so means you’re not likely to make it to the gym and you’re probably going to order a pizza because you don’t have anything healthy to cook for dinner. Plan it, schedule it, stick to it. If you’re having trouble losing weight there’s a good chance you’re leaving too much to chance.
So before you go blaming your age, your trainer, your spouse, your job or anything else, be honest with yourself. Why aren’t you losing weight? Are you making these four mistakes? They could be the difference between getting results and giving up.