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, let me help. These points may explain why you aren’t losing weight, even though you’re exercising.
You’re Doing The Wrong Workout
Your workout needs to fit your body and your fitness goals. Every body is different, so keep in mind that a fitness program that worked for your best friend may not work for you.
If you are exercising regularly but not seeing results, it is time to change your workout. Lucky for you, I have a wide variety of workout videos on this website and the MFit YouTube channel. I offer several different home workout plans. Each plan will help you achieve a different fitness goal. All of my plans include a diverse set of workouts that will keep your body challenged. If you feel stuck, check one those workout plans! If you are not sure which plan is right for you, take this short quiz to find out!
Overestimating Calorie Burn
Cardio machines and online calorie burn charts 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. It is impossible for a pre-made chart to know all of these details about you. 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.
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, 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. If you are wondering why you aren’t losing weight, it may be lack of sleep.
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!