There is nothing more frustrating than going to the gym week after week without seeing progress. This is the unfortunate position that too many people find themselves in. Here are three common reasons why you might not be losing weight:
1. Your diet needs work
Some people think that counting Calories is too tedious. While it does take a small time investment, this time pays off. You don't have to weigh every morsel of food on your plate, but I can guarantee that the more accurately you measure your portions, the better your results will be. I have found that clients often under report their Calories by 15-30%! This can be the difference between losing weight and your progress halting to a stop.
2. You need a better exercise program
I have found that many people are not training hard enough, or are stuck in their comfort zone. For example, resistance training can be a great addition to a weight loss program to make sure that you maintain lean tissue including muscle and bone. Resistance training also offers more variety to your training and will give you a chance to leave the cardiovascular equipment alone for a while. Another common mistake is exercising at the same intensity week in and week out. For example, some people will walk on the treadmill at 3.5 miles per hour for months. By just increasing the speed slightly, or increasing the incline of the treadmill, they could burn more Calories during each workout.
3. You aren't measuring anything
If you want to know if you are making progress, you need to have measurements taken at regular intervals. I recommend that you have your weight, waist and hip circumference, and body fat percentage (via skinfold caliper measurements), taken at regular intervals throughout your exercise program. Measurements may be taken every 4-6 weeks, or even more frequently in the case of weight. If you are weighing yourself regularly, remember that day to day weigh-ins do not matter. Average these weekly and try to weigh yourself first thing in the morning.
Don't let your progress be sabotaged by these simple, yet common mistakes. If you are looking and feeling the same way that you did last year, you need to change something. Contact a local fitness professional to see how they can help you in reaching your goals.
Peak Form Fitness LLC offers Personal Training, Small Group Training, and Fitness Bootcamps in Tewksbury, MA. The facility is minutes from Route 93 and Andover, MA.