You’ve added exercise to your weight loss plan and are committed. So why is the scale not moving or even going up? This can be frustrating but don’t despair; there are many reasons.
The type of training plan may be a big factor. Cardio is an excellent tool for weight loss and is certainly good for your health, but if you do not include strength training in your workout routines - YOU SHOULD! Building muscle mass helps your body keep burning fat long after you’re done working out.
You may not be fueling your body properly. Avoid severe calorie restrictions and include high-quality, nutritious foods in your daily meals. Your body needs fuel to burn; without this fuel, your body will go into conservation and not want to let go of any weight.
You must take time for recovery. With a vigorous exercise routine, you need to take the time for rest days; this allows your muscles and tissues to repair. Also, you must include stretching into your routine.
It’s been said over and over. You must have a healthy sleep routine to keep your gains. This is another time your muscles are recovering from your workout.
Too many processed carbs. You may be surprised how many carbs you eat in a day. Although carbs are great for fueling your workouts, you need plenty of protein and healthy fats. Figure out your daily macronutrients (Carbs/Proteins/Fats); this will help you with a balanced diet.
Eat to match your calorie burn. You could overestimate how many calories you’re burning and eat more than you actually burned. Be sure to track everything that goes into your mouth: food, water, drinks, alcohol, snacks (MyFitnessPal is a great tracking app!), and stay at your recommended calorie intake regardless of your calorie burn.
Be sure to drink enough water throughout your day. Drinking water helps weight loss by helping your body to carry out metabolic processes, flush your system and help ease cravings.
Not honest. You must be self-aware enough to know what you may eat isn’t good for you. Are you taking the necessary steps to reach your weight-loss goal? Only you know.
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