Why Am I Not Seeing Results During My Weight Loss Journey?
Are you in the boat where you have finally made the decision to lose weight? Have you gone to the gym, changed your diet, and still not seeing any results? Well, you are not alone. Many of us have made the same decision and seen the same results; no results; repeatedly. Trying to lose weight is not easy, but you knew that going into the challenge. So why are you not seeing results? I will go over 4 small but very common mistakes people do when embarking on their weight loss journey.
1. Your Goals are Not SMART
Many of us when asked if we have goals would scoff at the inquisitor and say, “of course I have goals” and start rattling off things we hope to achieve without giving it much thought. SMART goals is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound. If at the beginning of your fitness journey, you just told yourself you wanted to lose weight, but then just left it at that, then your vague goal probably reflects your results. Very vague. When setting a goal for yourself, make sure the goal is specific, not too broad. Measurable, so you can track your progress. Attainable, so you can actually complete your goal. Relevant, to keep your goal from taking a tangent into something totally different. Last, but not least, Time bound in order to keep you from procrastinating. If your goal meets all these criteria, then you are starting your weight loss journey off on the right foot.
2. You Don’t Warm-Up or Cool Down
I get it. You wake up in the morning pumped to get into the gym and start your workout. Many of us have a limited amount of time to work out, so warming up and cooling down might seem like a big time waster. The fact is, not only does warming up and cooling down help prevent injury, it also helps your body output as much energy as possible during your workouts and burn more calories after you are finished. Warming up is a gentle jump start for your muscles and to get your heart pumping more blood throughout your body. After your workout many just go home and relax or go to work and sit in a chair. Incorporating a cool down will prevent your muscles building up with lactic acid, stretch your muscles to prevent injury, and help your body burn more calories throughout the day, even after your workout.
3. Something is Wrong with Your Diet
There are so many diets, cleanses, detox’s and other weight loss supplements out there it’s no wonder nobody knows the best diet to lose weight. You have tried every supplement and diet out there and you still aren’t seeing any results. Diets, even for professional athletes are very specific to the person, so the only way to truly know what diet is best for you is by trial and error. Since our bodies and genetics vary greatly, to tell you a specific diet to follow would be misleading. Rather, if you aim to eat unprocessed foods, whole grains, and essential fats and nutrients, you should be setting yourself up to succeed.
4. You Skip Recovery Days
I have seen this way too many times. Someone decides to really attack their fitness goals and wants to work out everyday of the week. The equation in your head may be pretty simple, workout more + burn more calories = lose more weight. The fact is, your body needs recovery days in between to rest, recover, and build from the workout you just did. If you do not throw some recovery days in between your workouts you risk injury and wearing down your body. I have seen a friend workout his body in to exhaustion, making him very sick in the process. Don’t sprint to the finish line, rather trust the process you set out for yourself and do it right.
You may be the person that has tried everything to lose weight and gain muscle. You may have hit the gym and changed your diet only to see the same meager results. Do not be discouraged! Take a step back, re-evaluate, and remake your SMART goals. There will be times you fail and want to give up. Stay the course and trust in the process.
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by Ray San Giovanni