Are you feeling a little deflated and bemused because you are working hard on exercising but not losing weight? Fear not, there are many people out there that feel the same! It could be that you’re not doing enough exercise. It may be a dietary issue. Or there could be underlying illnesses that are preventing you from losing weight. Today we’re going to get to the bottom of some of the common reasons why you might be struggling to ditch the inches.
Be Honest About Your Diet
Exercising is only one part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and working towards dropping the inches. It needs to be part of a program in conjunction with healthier eating. If you are exercising regularly but still not seeing a weight loss, it may be that your diet is not up to scratch. You may spend all your efforts on training but not spend enough time looking at what you are putting in your body to fuel it. To get rid of the inches, you need to burn more calories than you consume. You can use a calorie calculator to work this out for your height and weight. Diet wise, you know the score! Ditch the takeouts, cook healthy foods from scratch and ban fizzy drinks and too much sugar from your diet. Other rules to live by include eating your carbohydrates early in the day or when you are doing a heavy amount of exercise. And on lighter cardio days stick to protein and green vegetables.
An Underlying Illness
If you are exercising regularly and eating well, but there’s no sign of the pounds dropping off, it may be time to get to the doctor and get a health check-up. Diseases and illness that can cause weight gain include an underactive thyroid, stress, diabetes medication, PCOS and fluid retention. Thyroid treatment, PCOS diagnosis, and management for fluid retention can all be dealt with. So it’s worth going to get a check up to see if you have any underlying health issues.
It may be that you love cardio and hate weights! But to shift that stubborn fat you are going to have to incorporate some strength training into your routines. If you dislike weight lifting program, why not consider trying HIIT? This high-intensity interval training offers short bursts of repetitive strength training that can be much easier to get your head around! The more you tone the muscles in your body, the more fat you will burn. So you have to start lifting those weights.
Excess cortisol can cause stubborn areas of fat in your body. You produce an excess of this when you are under stress. Exercise can also be a stressor, so make sure after each routine you give your body enough time to rest and recover. Otherwise, the effect will be detrimental. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and it is crucial in our lives and also when working out, but too much of it is not healthy. It can impair digestion, slow metabolism and weaken your immune system. So make sure you keep your levels in check.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.