You joined the gym, your eating healthy and your scales haven’t budged!
So, your following a new fitness routine and choosing healthier foods but your not seeing the weight come off the way you expected or even hoped it would. While exercising more and choosing healthier foods in themselves are very beneficial for your overall health, it can be very frustrating and disheartening not seeing them scales change in the right direction. If this is you, there’s a good chance one of the following reasons is what’s in the way of you achieving that slimmer body.
• You don’t drink water
(Or enough of it for that matter)
Drinking water is a huge beneficiary to loosing weight. Drinking water before meals can help reduce appetite as sometimes hunger is confused with dehydration! Drinking 2+ litres of water throughout your day can help fatigue, hunger and helps your metabolism. It also keeps your skin, hair and nails in check (who wouldn’t want that?)
• You think walking to and from your car is enough
A 10minute stroll is better than nothing but don’t be expecting dramatic changes to your body. You’ve got to kick it up a notch, get that heart pumping and get them lungs in use with at least 30mins of exercise a day. Enquire about Group Training or our Fit Camps for quick, high calorie burning, heart pumping, fun fuelled exercise!
• You eat too much healthy foods
Is this even possible you ask?.. well.. yes. It is)
Nuts, avocados, butter, olive oil and dark chocolate are all natural awesome varieties of good healthy fats but don’t be fooled, you got to watch your intake on these foods as they are packed with dense calories which can be very easy to over eat on them.
• You only do cardio based exercises
If your a die hard treadmill fan you might want to reconsider where you spend your time at the gym. If you have never lifted a dumbbell you are missing out on a fundamental important part of training. Weight training prevents injury by strengthening joints and also builds muscle mass and increases your metabolic rate (in other words..More muscles, increased metabolism, more food and still loosing weight!). If weight training is not your thing and you have no clue where to start drop me a mail and enquire about 1-2-1 personal training.
• You don’t fuel up before exercise
If you train on an empty stomach this can be detrimental to your fat loss routine. Training on an empty stomach will use energy from your muscles which will leave you feeling very fatigued. Fuelling up before training with the right foods will help you avoid losing muscle but you’ll also have more energy to push through your workout and feel awesome after it.
• Your significant other is not on the same boat
A partner on the same health kick as you can be a huge help to your weight loss goals, but if your partner is not on board then your relationship may be making you fat. You can’t expect to loose weight if your partner is ordering takeaways and bringing home the goods from the ice cream shops or encourages naps over the gym. Find compromises and communicate that your wanting to loose weight. Pro tip – When out for dinner share an appetiser or skip the dessert (yes it may be glorious at the time but you’ll feel better skipping dessert).
• You don’t sleep enough
It’s important to get enough Z’s into your routine if your trying to loose weight. You need that energy to keep up with your exercise routines and not getting enough sleep can affect your body’s ability to control its appetite. Not enough sleep stimulates the body’s appetite hormones because it’s trying to get energy from another source.
• You eat by the fridge
Guilty.. We all do it. Open the fridge have a look to see what we can nibble on and before we know it after a full day we have racked up a full meals worth of calories that you haven’t even realised. Designate time for snacks and meals that set apart from other activities.
• Your not committed
You can’t expect results from half hearteningly committing to a diet plan. Stay committed to your plan and you’ll see the pounds drop off. Enquire about finding a sustainable diet plan that works for you.
• You skip breakfast
Skipping breakfast may seem like a great way to save them calories but your body thinks it’s being starved and therefore holds onto that fat for energy Bare in mind that people who eat breakfast regularly loose more weight. Grab that breakfast and kick start your metabolism for the day and be sure to include some protein for sustainable energy and fibre to fill you up for hours.
• You eat while doing something else
With a busy lifestyle aligning meals with work or with a screen like your phone or TV can hurt your weight loss goals. Setting out times for meals without distractions will help you connect with your food and, as a result, eat less. Sometimes you don’t realise how much your eating when your minds elsewhere.
• You don’t eat enough
Do not starve yourself to save calories for later this will only mess up your metabolism and by dinnertime your so hungry that you end up over eating. Not only is starving yourself unsustainable for continued weight loss but also with limiting your meals to too-small portions can lead to excess snaking between meal times.
• Your always out eating
Hitting up your favourite restaurant is a great way to unwind but your more likely to indulge in a huge meal complete with starters, drinks, fries, main course and dessert. Calorie counts are a mystery as food is unlabelled, if you don’t want to skip the night out order smarter options, share meals with friends, order healthier choices and choose water over the fizzy drinks.
There are so many factors that can hinder your weight loss goals and information can be very confusing or hard to understand. Get help with your goals and skip the struggles or to even get started drop me a mail and I’ll be sure to breakdown your problems and guide you to an easy path of weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
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