You’ve been working really hard. Been very diligent with your eating habits. But your body has stopped responding. It’s been weeks since you have noticed any weight loss. Why?
Eating: What we eat can have the largest influence on our weight. The quality and amount of carbs, the quality of fat and protein. There is the saying “calories in vs calories out” that concludes if we use more calories than we consume we will lose weight. But this doesn’t take into account the type of calorie.
Calories from simple carbs has a much different impact to our body then calories from fat or protein. Eating simple carbs causes a release of hormones that negatively impact our body causing greater fat storage.
Try to consume quality calories to help lose fat.
Also be sure to not skip meals. If our body is not getting the calories it needs when it needs them the body will go into starvation mode slowing down the bodies metabolism, thus slowing down weight loss. Eating less does not always mean you will lose weight.
Exercise: Most of us think that the best and quickest way to lose weight is to do lots of cardio. Doing cardio is great for health and fitness but we need to also include resistance training into our workouts. Resistance training done properly increases muscle mass which increases our resting metabolism rate thus increasing the amount of calories our body requires daily to function.
Basically,the more muscle mass, the more fat burned.
Counting: How many of us actually know the amount of calories we consume daily and also the type of calories? We may think we know but more than likely we are consuming more than what we think we are. Take the time to measure your meals over a few days to really know how much that is.
Change: The body is a wonderful thing. It can adapt to change and will adapt. What used to be a workout that shocked your body no longer has the same affect. The body isn’t challenged the way it used to be.
Mix up your workouts every six weeks or so to introduce change and shock the body into getting results again.
Priority: Are you fit? Is it only that last 10 pounds you are worried about? Are you kicking ass in your workouts? Then be happy with who and what you are. Our focus should be on being healthy not just looking healthy. There is a phrase skinny fat which talks to being thin but not really healthy.
focus on your health and the rest will take care of itself. The fat will eventually come off. And your health is much more important than your appearance.
Yours in health,