Do you know why despite exercising fairly regularly you are unable to lose any weight? Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to lose weight, eating healthy and exercising but still being unable to do so. It is especially discouraging to see tge scale not budge after the euphoria of the initial loss of the first few pounds. Here are 5 things you should make sure you are doing right to get the pounds off!
- Exercising on an empty stomach is a serious mistake. You need energy to work out and without food providing the fuel for it, calories burned will come from muscle instead of fat. It can actually prevent weight loss.
- Guzzling large amounts of water: Sip water to keep yourself hydrated. Gulping down larger amounts of water at a time can cause over hydrating that can lead to low amounts of sodium in the body, causing dizziness, cramps, slurred speech, and nausea.
- Repeating the same workout can also be a downfall as it can not only cause boredom and more chances of skipping or cutting short your exercise regimen, but also increases the risk of repetitive stress injuries. What’s more, repetition is also likely to lead to fitness or weight-loss plateaus. Therefore, changing up your regimen every four weeks is an important part in staying fit.
- Skipping the warm up before your workout is a big no, no. Warm up gives your muscles and joints a necessary pump of blood and oxygen, to give them the energy, flexibility, strength and injury-protection. Dropping warm up and getting straight into your routine means you’ve just turned the first few minutes of your exercise into the warm up and the remaining time is the time that you actually exercise and even that with much lower intensity than your regular workout.
- Not resting enough is another culprit. Now there are three things we are talking about here:
- You are training all over. The right way is to focus a hard-core workout on one or two particular muscle groups, and then to let those muscle groups rest and focus on another group the next day. The body needs to repair the muscle tissue in the areas that were exercised, and it’s this repair work that makes the muscle grow in strength, shape and tone. Not giving it a rest means muscle exhaustion does not let your body repair and tone.
- Same goes for your entire body as well as mind. Give a day of rest to your body after a week of exercising.
- Sleep! Getting a good night’s sleep is a must. Sleep deprivation causes the release of cortisol that stores fat like a vengeance. The biggest spike in fat-burning hormone plasma levels occurs in deep sleep. So a bad sleeping pattern may actually cause weight gain.
There’s no reason why your workout regimen won’t be a hit if you take care of these five simple things. It’s a shame to see so much effort, energy and motivation going to waste for the lack of something so simple.
So step on it and let us know how it works out for you!