If you’re working really hard on your fitness but feeling frustrated with your progress, these 8 tips might help you get over some obstacles and create better results.
You body wants to stay the same. It’s what we call a “set point”. Body transformation takes a big amount of work to make it happen, but the good news is, maintaining your new body will be easier. If you’re stuck where you’re at doing what you’re doing, it may be a case of misunderstanding the intensity, frequency, duration or type of workouts that would be needed to get the results that you do want.
This one is super common. Most people will just simply “eat less” or try to eat less when they want to lose weight. If you don’t actually measure your food you could be mistaken about how much you actually are consuming.
For example, if you are “tying to be healthy” so you choose a banana and almond butter as your snack instead of a bag of potato chips, there’s a chance that the caloric value is actually equivalent or maybe even greater.
You may be thinking “But it’s healthier… so shouldn’t that help me lose weight?”
Weight loss comes down to energy balance. If you are consuming more energy than your body needs, it will be stored.
Stop guessing or just “trying to be healthy” and start learning the values of foods and the amount of energy your body actually needs. You’ll avoid the spillover effect and start to see the results you want.
It takes some time for your habits to show as results on your body. What you are seeing today is the result of what you’ve been doing for the last several weeks or even years. Allow time for recovery from previous bad habits as you create new ones.
What balance of proteins/carbs/fats are you eating? It’s possible that your body is carb sensitive or does better on a low-fat diet.
You can try different ways of eating to see what gives you the best results.
If you’re not loving the results from the way you’re eating now, why not try a different way?
You can easily change your macro split by portioning your foods differently.
Example: If your dinner is made up of meat, potatoes, and veggies…
Make it high protein by including more meat and less potatoes and veg.
Make it low carb by reducing or eliminating the potatoes.
Make it low fat by reducing the oil you use in preparation.
Make it low calorie by including more veggies and less meat and potatoes
Maybe you are tracking your meals very diligently, but you’re forgetting to count the dab of butter here, or the handful of M&M’s there, or the Starbucks latte you had mid-afternoon.
All of these “extras” do count towards your results. It doesn’t mean you can’t have them, it just means to be aware that they could be the culprit holding you back from the progress you want to see.
Your fitness journey doesn’t have to be perfect. It won’t be. There will be good days and bad ones. You’ll have super healthy meals and some not-so-healthy meals.
Instead of stressing about perfection, relax and focus on consistency instead.
Ask questions about the side effects of any medication you may be on. Many of them clearly state that “weight gain” is a potential side effect. Be informed.
Get your bloodwork checked by a doc. Make sure you’re all good with your metabolic functioning. If you’re not, seek medical help.
How long have you been working on this goal?
It could take you many weeks, months, or even years to achieve what you want.
Be realistic about your time expectations and buckle up and enjoy the ride.
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