Are you exercising and still not losing weight? Here are 7 reasons why this may be the case.
If you eat well and exercise if can be frustrating if you are not able to lose weight. If we are honest we do not do as well as we think in these areas. Food is fuel and a you have to feed your body instead of your emotions.
You eat the wrong foods
The types of foods you should be eating depend on your metabolism and body type. For most people they need to eat all natural foods. Carbohydrates that are good for the body are brown rice and potatoes. They should be eaten on days when you plan an intense workout. On less intense workout days stick to proteins and vegetables. Avoid processed foods, sugars ,and bread. Read the ingredients on food labels. If you can say it then there is a chance that it is good to eat,
Eating Too Much
To lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Eat only when you are hungry and eat slowly so the body has a chance to process the foods. Healthy snacks between meals are okay and will help prevent overeating. Chocolate covered strawberries are a good cheat now and then. When you feel you are being deprived of certain foods that can lead to binge eating.
Too Much Cardio Exercise
Cardio is an important part of an exercise program. Doing only cardio can be a problem. Cardio sessions that last a long time can eat away lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass is what burns the most calories. Cardio causes the body to focus on endurance and fat is stored to keep the body going. Cardio also increases appetite which can lead to overeating.
Avoiding Lifting Weights
If you are trying to lose weight you need to build lean muscle mass to burn fat and tone the body. At first weight lifting can be added to an exercise program followed by resistance training. Squats, situps, and lunges are helpful as well and make a good starting point.
No Intense Workouts
The intensity of the workout matters more than the time spent working out. Workouts should be intensity driven and you may need to be working out harder.
No Recovery Time
After an intense workout the muscles need time to recover. It may take the body a day or so to rejuvenate. Rest time is when most of the fat burning occurs. Listen to your body and take care of it properly.
Too Much Stress
Exercise is a form of stress on the body. When you balance exercise and recovery time you allow your body to burn fat. If the body cannot recover it will produce cortisol which is the stress hormone. When the body is exposed to too much cortisol for a long period of time there can be some negative effects. Fat can be stored in stubborn areas of the body. A stressful personal life can also increase cortisol production. Be sure to use stress reducing techniques to keep your mental and emotional health in check. This way you can work on your physical health. Being healthy both mentally and physically is important when trying to lose weight.