October 12th, 2021
Few things are spookier than stepping on a scale, especially when a dreaded number appears that you weren’t expecting. It’s even worse when you have been making real deal efforts to lose weight but still can’t seem to keep the pounds off! Why?!?!
Here’s the thing. Weight loss is a process and one that may not happen as quickly as you would like. In addition, there are several reasons why your weight loss strategy is less than effective and not producing the results you want. We explain what these reasons could be and offer solutions on how you to change things up.
You’re eating too much!
Calories in vs. calories out…it’s a simple concept, yet it’s the main reason people have a hard time losing weight! And while it may seem like a no-brainer, unless you’re really tracking your calories every day (and after every meal), you are likely taking in way more calories than you think. In addition, there is a good change you’re also significantly overestimating how many calories you burn daily during activity.
Determine your needs. Find out what your daily caloric intake should be to lose weight and then track those calories every day, after every meal, snack, drink, etc.
Analyze your diet. Get a general overview of how many calories you are eating as well as a breakdown of what you are eating. This provides a big picture of your overall eating habits, so you can figure out ways to cut calories. Several apps and websites provide this service, or you can seek the professional advice of a personal trainer/nutritionist at a fitness studio such as Driven Fit + SWS.
You’re not exercising enough!
Exercise is a critical component of weight loss, however, it’s hard to know if your training program is on par with your weight loss goals.
Assess your training program. Look at your overall training program to see how much you’re exercising and compare that with how much you really need to exercise to lose weight. At Driven Fit + SWs, we recommend 60 to 90 minutes of moderate exercise or 30 minutes of high-intensity workouts each day. Not even close to that level of exercise? No worries. Consider this your end goal and have something to work towards. In fact, if you’re not used to exercising at this level and push yourself too hard, it can lead to injury, burnout, or overtraining.
Invest in a personal trainer. At Driven Fit + SWS, our trainers will create a customized workout plan that will match your weight loss goals. Of course, activity doesn’t just happen in the gym. Take regular breaks from the computer, go on walks, stretch, limit screen time, etc.
You’ve hit a plateau!
Weight loss plateaus happen to almost everyone. As your body adapts to a training program, it becomes more efficient and over time, your body will burn fewer calories. As a result, your weight loss will stall or possibly stop completely.
Vary your workouts. Your body needs to be challenged regularly to lose weight, so we recommend changing up your training program every four to six weeks. This can be in the form of intensity or duration.
Avoid overtraining. Training too much can actually be a bad thing causing your body to burn fewer calories, especially on rest days.
Eat enough food. Yes, this contradicts what we said above, but your body needs fuel to sustain a workout. Otherwise, your body will conserve calories rather than burn them.
Lose weight with Driven Fit + SWS!
Tired of carrying around extra weight? We can help! To learn more about our weight loss and fitness training services, please call or text our South Tampa fitness and wellness studio at (813) 440-3016.