Why Am I Not Losing Weight?
This is the #1 blog I have written in my opinion. (and yes it's all about me)
This is where all the keys lie to your success. If your success does not happen and you do all of these things, guess what?
YOU ARE LYING TO YOURSELF!
As a trainer who’s personally struggled with this for most of my life, I have some insight and it usually boils down to 1 of 3 things. First of all, you need to be honest with yourself and ask these questions. By being honest and you need to be brutally honest, you will be able to figure it out. The questions are:
- Am I writing down EVERYTHING I eat and drink? If you are writing it down, what is your method for portion control? 4 bucks at Wal-Mart for a food scale can make a HUGE difference in this area. 95% of people who write down and estimate the portion size are under-estimating by 25%. I know, "I was told there would be no math".You also have to remember that the portion sizes are usually specified in the raw state not the cooked. This will bring it down even further. The key here is to be completely truthful with yourself about what you put in.
- Am I eating clean? What is clean? Clean is unprocessed and fresh. If it comes in a box, bag or can, chances are that you’re really almost better off eating the container it came in. It probably has less ingredients and is safer. Shop from the outside of the store towards the inside of the store. The more vibrant the colors of the food the better they will be for you. Purple, green, orange, green, yellow, blue, red, these should not be the colors of your containers but of the foods themselves.
- When I exercise, what is my intensity? Am I really, really sweating? Am I really, really at a 10 on the RPE scale? (Rate of Perceived Exertion) This is the mental part. Right here, another gut check. Be honest with yourself. Our bodies are amazing machines that can adapt very easily to our routines. You need to change it up and challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone. Jump higher, run faster, all out in short intervals, try a different exercise, try to beat your time on the last workout you did that you thought was tough. Work against the clock and strive to be better every time. Sometimes it will happen and sometimes it will not. However over a short amount of time you will see improvements and endurance.
You can all do this and if it isn’t happening as fast as you want stay the course. Weight loss is a marathon and not a sprint. Do not get discouraged. Consistency is king! Keep it up and it will happen!