06 Nov Why You Aren’t Losing Weight, Even Though You’re Exercising
Have you been sweating your ass off at the gym but not seeing any changes on the scale? This can be so frustrating, but you’re not alone. This happens to so many people. Before you throw in the towel, see if any of the reasons below resonate with you.
You’re Doing The Wrong Workout
Your workout needs to fit your body and your fitness goals. If you are exercising regularly but not seeing results, you are probably doing the wrong workout. The style of your workout will dictate if you are building muscle in the right areas or burning off fat properly. Everyone’s body is a little different, so keep in mind the fact that a fitness program that worked for your best friend may not work for you. If you are unsure how to reach you fitness goals, contact me directly and I will point you in the right direction. I offer several different types of at-home workout programs. Each will help you achieve a different fitness goal. If you feel stuck, check those out!
Overestimating Calorie Burn
Cardio machines and online calorie burn calculators often overestimate how many calories you’ve burnt during a workout. If you are relying on these numbers to determine how much you can eat, you may be taking in more calories than you should be. Calorie burn varies based on how long you’ve worked out, how hard you worked, how much you weigh, how old you are and how tall you are. Also, as you get in better shape, your body works more effectively during a workout so less energy is burned. If you want an accurate reading of how many calories you burn in a training session, invest in an activity tracker that measures your heart rate.
A High-Carb Diet
While it is true that endurance athletes eat a large amount of carbohydrates before or after their workouts, most fitness routines do not require that many carbs. Not all carbs are evil, but your body does need extra water to process them. This can result in feeling puffy or seeing a higher number on the scale. Try including more healthy fats and protein in your diet instead.
Not Enough Sleep
Sleep is so important. When you do not get enough sleep, your body over produces the hunger causing hormone, leptin. This results in over-eating. In addition to the hormone issue, if you don’t sleep enough, you are probably tired! Feeling fatigued during the day makes you less productive in your workouts and likely results in you moving less while at work and at home. Sleep also heals the body. Without sleep you probably have more aches and pains that interfere with life and exercise.
Skipping Rest Day
Even professional athletes take rest days. Over-training can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Too much cortisol can make it difficult to lose weight, especially around the midsection. Taking a rest day will help keep your hormone levels in check and rejuvenate your soul!