Are you constantly exercising and eating well, but still can’t lose weight? Unfortunately, these two factors can often be very general statements that we try very little in. In fact, if we were to all tell the truth, I bet that we would admit that we could all do more to improve in these areas.
However, achieving body wellness is a lifestyle, not a switch you can flip on or off. You should find an activity that makes you happy or food that can fuel you, rather than consume when you’re stressed or bored.
If you still aren’t sure why you aren’t losing the weight you’re working hard to drop, these three reasons may be the cause:
1. You Are Not Eating Right
If you’re not eating right, you’re not going to lose the weight you want. Plus, most people only count the calories they’re burning off, rather than the food they’re actually putting in their bodies. After all, diet counts for 80 percent of your weight loss process. Even though the food you eat primarily depends on your body type and metabolism, it’s important to stick to all natural foods.
Work on eating starch-packed carb foods such as grains, potatoes, and brown rice on strength training days. You should be eating protein and veggies on rest days. However, you should avoid eating too much sugar, bread, and processed food at all cost. An easy way to follow these rules is, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, or if there are too many, skip it!
Besides eating the wrong type of food, most people end up eating too much food too. If you’re eating right but you’re not losing weight, you may be eating too much food. In order to drop off a few pounds, you need to burn off more calories than you consume, otherwise known as a calorie deficit. However, at the same time, you shouldn’t try starving yourself either. Instead, you need to find your perfect balance.
Don’t worry too much about constantly weighing yourself or calorie counting each day. If you’re hungry, eat slowly so you can stop before you’re full. Snacking on healthy foods can also help you from overeating before or during meals. Plus, don’t fret on health cheating, such as eating a chocolate-covered banana or strawberry for dessert. As soon as your body feels like it’s being deprived is the moment you’re going to start binging.
2. You Are Too Stressed Out
Exercise can cause a serious amount of stress on your body. Once you establish a healthy balance of exercise and recovery, your body will start losing weight. However, if you don’t have a proper balance, you can see an increase in cortisol, which is a stress hormone that can devastate your body and dieting.
However, exercise isn’t the only thing that can cause your cortisol levels to increase. Make sure that while you are trying to lose weight you meditate to try and reduce the things that are stressing you out the most. Apart from your physical health, your mental and emotional health matter just as much. Keeping all three in check will prevent any stressors from letting you lose weight.
3. You Are Not Doing the Right Kinds of Exercises
Exercising is a vital part of losing weight. However, if you are not doing the right kind of exercise, you may not see much progress. For example, you may be doing too much cardio exercise. Cardiovascular exercise plays an important role in your workout routine. It promotes healthy metabolism, keeps your heart healthy, and makes you break a sweat, which you should be doing every day. However, only doing cardio exercise or doing too much of it can cause more problems.
Long cardio sessions can diminish your lean muscle mass. These muscles, however, are needed to boost your metabolism and burn away calories. This will cause your body to gradually become more focused on endurance. Your body will begin to store more energy so it has enough saved for your excessive cardio. Not only is this counterproductive but it will also increase your appetite, which may cause you to overeat.
In addition to doing too much cardio, you may not be doing enough strength training. If your main exercise goal is to lose weight, cardio is not your best option. You would be much better off performing more strength training and building up your lean muscle. The stronger your muscles are, the more fat you will burn.
Try doing strength training in addition to your cardio. Instead of jumping right into weight lifting, try adding a few simple exercises into your routine. This can include squats, lunges, and push-ups.