Happy New Year everybody!
Gained a few pounds over the holidays?? Summer will be here soon and it's time to get in the best shape of your life!You have the power to change so get off the couch and make a choice to be healthy.
Here are the most common reasons why you are not getting the results you want:
YOUR EATING HABITS
Start keeping a log of what you are eating and how many calories you're eating. Unless you do this chances are your caloric intake is way too high. Remember that evertything has calories so don't exclude anything. A 130 Ib woman for example only needs 1500-1700 calories if she wants to stay lean.
YOU'RE NOT MOVING ENOUGH
You go to the gym for 1 hr every day and you STILL don't lose weight (you may even gain weight). What gives? Most people don't burn as many calories as they think they are during a workout and it certainly doesn't make up for 8 hours of just sitting the rest of the day if you work in an office. Adjust your food consumption to your activity level and try to be more active during the day. Walk on your lunch break or take the stairs instead of the elevator. More movement during the day is necessary to burn those extra calories.
YOUR WORKOUTS LACK INTENSITY AND/OR CHANGE
I see it every day in the gym. People strolling along on a tread mill reading the paper or resting for what seems to be an hour between sets sitting on that machine that I want to use!!!!! It pisses me off every time ha! You may be going to the gym every day but don't expect to see any results this way. At this pace you may be burning about 130 calories per hour on that tread mill and now you think you can go home and eat a lot of food because you just worked out. If you are guilty of doing this it's definitely time to rethink your workout routine and pick up the pace a little. If you don't like running you need to power walk at a fast pace and your weight training should be done with intensity. Max 1 min rest between sets. Interval training or plyometric training are also very effective to burn calories and shape those legs.
From time to time you should also change your training routine. Your body is created to adapt to any kind of change so if you have been doing the same routine for months now you will hit a plateau. The key is to challenge your body with different things so it burns the optimal amount of calories. Once your body gets used to something it burns less calories.
There are other factors that also contribute to slow weightloss such as stress, hormones, medication, lack of sleep, dehydration, over training, incorrect training methods, emotional eating etc
To pin point what your specific problem is you will have to take a good look at yourself and see if your eating or workout regimen could use an over haul.
Wishing everybody a healthy and fit year!