Why You Don’t Lose Weight, Revealed
Often time’s clients come into Results Only for the first time and usually they give two scenarios. They haven’t been doing anything at all and they simply need guidance to get started under the watchful eye of our trainers. OR they feel like they have been doing things right but nothing is working. Regularly they are relying on old, dated and just plain wrong information. Read on to see if you have similar problems and why maybe you can’t lose weight either.
It does not matter what you are eating or when you eat it, if you have a poor relationship with food, you are not likely to be able to lose those extra pounds. Get in touch with your Self and your food. Develop a healthy relationship with food first, then worry about the rest of this list! You might think you are eating healthy but until you keep a detailed food log for 7-10 days, putting EVERYTHING you eat down on paper… you don’t really know. Then let a pro read it over.
You will never out-train bad nutrition! Stop cutting calories, stop skipping meals, stop eating processed foods, and seek the services of someone who can coach you on how to determine how you should be eating. Basically, stop eating C.R.A.P. An easy way to remember if you are making poor choices you’re your food is C = caffeine, cola R = Refined food and white rice; A = additives and alcohol; and P = processed foods and pasteurized dairy. All of these foods will ultimately make you fatter and it doesn’t matter how much exercise or cardio you do – you cannot out train bad nutrition.
Many people will choose cardio over strength training every time. You don’t have to think when you run or cycle. But you do have to be in a routine when you strength train or do weights. Remember, “work out” means that you have to expend energy to get the job done. If you are already running on empty, working “out” will only serve as an additional energy drain on the system.
At Results Only the cardio we do is no longer than 10 minutes and it consists of sprinting, hill training and short burst of energy. You should do 3-4 days of full body training before choosing a cardio only day.
Consider this when using calorie cutting to achieve your weight loss goals: Within 24 hours of going on a low calorie diet, which is defined as eating less than 2000 calories per day (according to the World Health Organization), you immediately deplete your brain chemistry. When that happens it has been shown to increase fat storing (lipogenic) enzymes in the body. This is particularly important for females who already have 3 times the amount of fat storing (lipolytic) enzymes as fat burning ones. Any changes in brain chemistry will lead to cravings, usually for sugary food items. Low calorie dieting is especially damaging for anyone with a history of depression, anxiety, eating disorders or alcoholism. Remember, all of this occurs after just one day. Anyone with a history of chronic yo-yo dieting, calorie restriction, or long-term use of most medications is likely to have severe nutritional deficiencies.
You must have a positive frame of mind when making nutritional and lifestyle modifications if they are to be part of a lasting change. If you start a new exercise or nutritional program thinking “I have to do this but I really don’t want to start” or “I am only doing this because….” Or you only have thoughts of what you are giving up or losing by making the necessary changes, you are doomed from the start.
Quiet time is necessary for introspection so that you can get very clear about what you want and why you want it. No quiet time means you have no time for digging into your “why”, which means all you are doing day in and day out is depleting yourself. This ultimately leads to burnout. I recommend sitting quietly in a room or secluded place (alone) and just breathe and be a witness to your thoughts for at least 20-30 minutes per day!
If your body chemistry is off, everything is off. The adrenals are linked to the function of nearly every major physiological system in the body. If they are wiped out due to chronic stress of any kind, you will have a hard time losing weight despite even the best nutritional and exercise efforts. The thyroid is a key regulator of metabolism. When dysfunctional, this gland will serve as a major roadblock to weight loss success. The function of the gland is also related to the function of the adrenals. Forget about losing weight in the presence of hormonal issues. It simply will not happen. Get blood work early if you can to rule out anything that will fight you throughout the process.
The body stores toxins in fat. If you have a history of eating the Standard American Diet (loaded with toxins), your detoxification system is likely overloaded. With that, you are likely to not have the nutrition on board to run the primary and secondary detoxification pathways efficiently. When this is the case, the body will not allow you to burn fat to prevent the further overloading the detoxification system. This is obviously not good for your fat loss goals.
The body handles it’s physical and neurological repair during the hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Poor and disrupted sleep will lead to issues in virtually any physiological system in the body. Poor sleep can also lead to over consumption of carbohydrates, stimulant (caffeine, sugar, etc.) cravings, fatigue, and poor mood to name a few. These will all sabotage your weight loss efforts.
If you do not have a clearly defined purpose for the use of your life’s energy, you will be dealing with chronic stress everyday -even if you think you are not! That stressor can easily sabotage weight loss efforts.
Many people simply do not know the proper nutrition and lifestyle choices to make when it comes to trying to lose those extra pounds. They may have no real issues in the above-mentioned areas, but they simply make lousy choices on a daily basis and no one has taught them how to make better ones. You can often find these people running from place to place, doctor to doctor, and on and on – trying to figure out what is “wrong” with them. The only thing wrong is that they have made a series of rotten choices and need to learn to make different ones. Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
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