Why We Can’t Lose Weight

You go to the gym everyday for an hour plus your eating all of your fruits and veggies – so why has it been 6 months and you still haven’t lost any weight?

Your doing the same work-out routine everyday. Many of us can get into the a routine work-out habit – go to the gym at 6pm, do a half-hour of jogging on the treadmill, and then the usual arm and leg machines. This could be why you’re not seeing any results. Your body can easily get into a comfort zone when you do that usual work-out routine everyday. Solution? Switch up your work-outs. Not only switch it up, add more weights, speed and time. Switching up your work out routine can target muscles you never thought you had. This whole time you’ve been doing  3 sets of 15 bicep curls every other day, you’ve been forgetting about all of your other arm muscles that have been screaming out for attention. Next time you go to the gym, skip the treadmill and join in on a Step or Kick Boxing class instead – you will wake up soar the next day for sure.

You’re eating too much of everything.  Almonds, peanut butter, avocado and olive oil are all good for you – but not so good when you eat too much of it. Moderation is important when it comes to eating anything, even food that isn’t considered healthy. It’s ok to grab a cheeseburger every now and then because some cheeseburgers have a reasonable amount of calories (about 300 calories), but a double cheeseburger is a different story. That’s where moderation comes in. I see people try to make healthy choices but don’t realize the extra calories they are adding to their meal. For example, you make a salad with lots of veggies and then you pile on the bacon and ranch dressing. Congratulations you made a whopper out of a salad. Or I see the common mistake of people eating a healthy lunch and then reaching for a slice of cake or doughnut for a snack. It’s ok to treat yourself, but in moderation. Pay attention to what and how much of what is going in your body.

Inconsistency.  You work out really hard one week, and the next week you’re swamped with work and your kid’s soccer practice. This inconsistency can really slow down your weight loss kick or your goal to get toned up before your sister’s wedding. I understand – when you get busy it can feel impossible to fit in your daily run. Being busy can also mentally exhaust you to where you feel like you just want to crash on the couch as soon as you get home. Just remember – a little bit can go a long way, so get motivated. Even if you can fit in a couple sets of arm curls and lunges, that’s better than nothing. Doing this periodically throughout the day (in between work and your baby waking up every 4 hours) can be just as good as working out for one hour straight. So when you know you are swamped, fit in a couple of sit-ups, arm curls, lunges, whatever when you get the chance – shoot for 10 minutes at a time. You may be surprised on the energy boost it can give you. Try and stay as consistent as possible so you can reach your fitness goals.