You're eating healthy, exercising and watching your diet, with little to no results to show for your effort. Why aren't you losing weight? Before you throw in the towel and give up on your weight loss goals altogether, check out these 10 reasons your body isn't changing to see how you can get back in the game!
1. You're eating too much. Weight loss is a simple equation of eating fewer calories than you burn in a day. If you're not ending the day with a calorie deficit you won't be losing weight. Instead you'll be just maintaining or even gaining weight. Try keeping a thorough food journal with what and how much of everything you eat for a week. You're probably eating more than you think!
2. Pounds vs. inches: How are you measuring your progress? If your workout routine includes weight training, you're most likely adding muscle mass, and subsequently changing your body composition. With muscle weighing more than fat, relying on the scale alone may not give you an accurate reading of your progress. Taking measurements of your arms, thighs, mid-section and hips on a bi-weekly basis may paint a different picture of your success!
3. Change it up. “If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.” This well-known adage is especially true of your fitness routine and diet. If you've hit a plateau, you may need to change up your routine and increase the intensity, as well as adjust your daily calorie intake. The less of you there is, the fewer calories you need. Check out our Sweat Like a Mother workout below:
4. You're only doing cardio. Forty-five minutes on the elliptical may feel like a good workout, but without weight training you'll never change your body composition by adding more muscle. A greater muscle mass increases your daily calorie burn, leading to a lower body fat percentage and a leaner you. If you love cardio try a kettlebell workout or circuit training in place of typical weight training.
5. You're falling for the flavor of the week. Making too many changes too quickly can be just as detrimental as getting stuck in a rut. Barre may be the latest fitness craze, but it may not be the calorie burn or weight training routine YOU need. Figure out what works for you, rather than everyone else, and stick with it.
6. Fact vs. fiction: Are you doing or trying? You may feel like you're eating healthy and exercising regularly, but a well kept food and exercise journal may tell a different story. Take a close, hard look at your food choices and fitness routine and see what's really going on and where you can make improvements.
7. You're rewarding yourself with food. It's awesome that you just ran three miles, but rewarding yourself with a Starbucks Frappuccino will do nothing but negate all your hard work. Rather than food, try setting a long-term goal and reward yourself with a gift when you reach your goal.
8. You're not working hard enough. Are you challenging yourself with your workouts? If you've found yourself getting through your fitness routine with less or minimal effort, it may be time to kick it up a notch. Add weight training, High Intensity Interval Training, or a faster pace on the treadmill to keep your workouts challenging and yielding results.
9. You're working too hard. As crazy as it sounds, working out too hard can be detrimental to meeting your fitness and weight or body measurement goals. Make sure to take at least one rest day a week, drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods to replenish your muscles after a hard workout. Remember, you want to build muscle, not break it down without recovery.
10. You're not getting enough sleep. Few of us can say that we get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. Although it may be hard to forgo productivity for sleep, your efforts for a good night's sleep will pay off in the long run. Lack of sleep can lead to hormonally-charged weight gain and poor workouts due to fatigue and lack of concentration. Set a sleep schedule complete with a bedtime and wake time — and stick with it!