Nutrition, exercise and body fat reduction, finding the balance.
I meet a lot of people in my professional and social life and I often come across the same questions time and time again. Over the next few weeks and months I would like to take a closer look at these questions and try to answer them to help you the reader.
The question I’m going to look at today is one I come across very often… I’m training hard, but I’m not loosing any weight, why do you think that is???
I’ve listed below 5 possible reasons why this may be happening. Be honest with yourself when reading the list. I find many people feel that their physiology is completely unique, when in fact there is usually a simple and common reason why they’re having trouble shifting body fat.
- The most common reason is that people are usually training two/three/four times a week and then consuming far too many calories. Whilst they may be getting fitter underneath, they’re consuming more or the same calories that they are spending through exercise and therefore negating the calories burned and not shedding the weight.
- Not training enough or following the same old routine month after month, year after year. Some people have a great diet but their exercise is too tame and undemanding. They may only be working out once a week and therefore not spending the calories that they need to reduce body fat. Increases your intensity, time and or frequency to surprise your body. If you show your body the same mundane workout every week you can expect the same mundane results.
- You think you’re eating healthier than you are. In my experience, most people overestimate the amount of exercise they do and underestimate the food they eat. Start a food diary and find out the truth, you may surprise yourself.
- Perhaps you’re at your optimal weight? People who are very over weight will loose weight a lot quicker than people who are close to their optimal weight. Don’t be discouraged if your weight loss has slowed down, keep an eye on your diet, train hard, be consistent and you’ll get there in the end.
- Hormones. Any post natal or menopausal woman will tell you what influences hormones can have on your body. Cortisol, Estrogen, Leptin are just a few of the hormones that will increase your appetite and Thyroxine produced in the thyroid will lower your metabolism. If you suspect this is happening to you, it’s worth seeing a Dr to run tests to see if your hormone levels are normal.
Lack of sleep, stress, medication, too much salt, alcohol or food allergies could also prevent you from loosing any weight, but I would personally check out the first 5 suggestions before looking further.