Not seeing weight loss results can be extremely frustrating, especially when you have been working so hard and making lots of changes.
It is way to easy to fall in to the trap of going back to your old habits when this happens, so make sure you go through the reasons you may not be seeing weight loss results first. Then adjust where you need to and keep going!
9 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Weight Loss Results:
1) You’re waiting too long between sets. If you don’t time yourself between sets and you end up taking 5 minute rests, then at 45 minutes in to your workout you have to finish up and you’ve only done 10 sets.
2) You stop when it hurts, which is when your muscles are being challenged. No pain, no gain.
3) You spend too much time on cardio and don’t do enough weight training. Strength training is important because it can increase your resting metabolism, reduce body fat, and burn calories more efficiently.
4) You don’t improve your routine. As you get stronger and your body adjusts, you need to switch it up to continue seeing results or you’re going to plateau.
5) You drink lots of alcohol and don’t factor it in. Alcohol is the devil when trying to see results.
6) You’re not eating well. You can sabotage all of your hard work by eating like crap all of the time.
7) You believe the calorie burn on the treadmill or fancy watch. Those calories are usually way overestimated no matter how fancy it is. Some give you a good idea, but you really can’t depend on these for 100% accuracy. And now that your Apple watch is telling you that you burned 800 calories in your bootcamp class, you think there’s no harm in having a milkshake or couple of beers- sabotage.
8) You’re exhausted or stressed. Sleep is essential for muscles to heal after a tough workout session, and stress can wreak havoc on your hormones, training your body to retain fat. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
9) You spend too much of your time sitting around. If you’re working out 30 minutes a day, that’s only 3.5 hours out of 168 hours of the week. You need to change some habits and try being more active throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further from work, get up and take a quick walk every hour, etc.