Top 10 Thursday: Ten Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

by TaylorR

Happy Thursday! I hope it’s going well and that you’re getting excited for the weekend ahead. I am very excited because our early winter will be leaving us and fall will be returning.

This whole high in the 50s just isn’t doing me any good. Remember my lamb? Dan and I are now fighting over it to stay warm as we work away at our computers. My mission today: find the microwavable teddie bear!

Enough whining from me today. Let’s move along to Top 10 Thursday! I received a question the other day from a reader where she explained to me that she is working her butt off but has only lost 4 pounds… in a month.

What’s the deal? What’s she doing wrong?

To be honest this was just too complex of a question to answer on a Wednesday because there are so many different issues that could be going on. Which is why I decided to make it the focus for Top 10 Thursday.

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10. Your Exercise Plan Lacks Efficiency.

Not all workouts are created equal. No matter how much time you spend doing something, if it’s not efficient at burning calories and fat then it’s pointless. For example, if your workout started off as a 30 minute walk, 3 months ago then you should not be doing that same thing now. Your body adjusts to workouts and now that is just a “stroll through the park”. The same goes with any workout. Make sure to progress by changing routines, adding new exercises, speeds, times and overall intensity. With the walking example, it’s time to try jogging for a minute, walk for a minute, and repeat. Sorry to say, walking a mile is not equal to running a mile.

9. Lacks Strength Training. 

Women are conditioned to rely on cardio for fat burning workouts. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, “I am jogging on the treadmill now to lose weight, once the weight is off, I will turn to strength training to tone up.” No no no.

Both are needed right off the bat to get results moving and fat melting. Strength training not only tones muscles but helps to give your metabolism a serious upgrade so you’ll burn more calories throughout the day.

Don’t neglect this.

8. You Workout Too Much. 

I’ve talked on this topic several times in the past because it’s an issue I have faced a time or two. The idea that the more you workout, the more calories you burn, the faster results you’ll see is a complete lie.

There is too much of a good thing. Results come from what happens while your body is recovering from workouts. Without that recovery time your body will never have the opportunity to reflect the hard work.

Make sure to never workout the same muscles on back to back days, give yourself at least 2 rest days a week, and if your body feels too exhausted to have a great workout, it probably is.

7. Your Diet Is Sub Par

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The saying that abs are made in the kitchen is 98% true. Few people are blessed with a naturally flat and defined stomach. Those that do have one work for it. What you eat is responsible for about 80% of what your body looks like. No matter how great of a workout you have, if you put junk in your body you’ll continue to look soft and feel like junk.

Eat all natural, clean foods. Not just during weight loss phases, but as a part of life. I go by the 90-10 rule. 90% of the time I eat clean, 10% of the time I let lose and indulge.

6. You Give Too Much Credit To Yourself

If you rely on the calorie counters on the cardio machines, your watch, phone, etc… then chances are you’re giving yourself too much credit for how many calories you burned during your sweat session.

This leads a lot of women to accidentally over eat. They’ll say something along the lines, of “Wow, my app tells me I burned 1000 calories during that workout! I should eat seconds and a bowl of ice cream… no problem because I’ll still come in under my calorie goal.”

See the problem? Stick to a sensible nutrition plan.

5. You Don’t Eat Enough

This is something else I see A LOT! I have been here too. Just like too much exercise, we think that the least amount of food we can eat in a day is going to help us shed the pounds faster.

Actually it causes more harm than good. The body doesn’t know how to react to sudden low calorie diets, so it adjusts by burning off lean muscle mass to decrease the amount of calories you need in a day (lowers your metabolism).

It holds on to body fat for safety because it things you’re starving! Sure you might see weight come off on the scale, but it’s water weight and muscle. Keep calories in a safe zone, depending on age and activity level. Never dip below 1000 calories and apps like My Fitness Pal are great at helping you stay in a healthy area.

4. You’re Not Tracking Your Food

This is again nutrition… but foods you think aren’t affecting your waist line can be the cause of why you’re stuck in a fitness rut. My number one rule for losing weight is to keep a diary. What you ate, when you ate it and how much.

You might see some patterns in your day to day life that you didn’t realize. Are those Starbuck stops adding up? Do you snack a bit too much at 3pm? Track for a week and see if there is anything that can be tweaked.

3. You’re Not Giving Your All

Saying you work out and actually working out are sometimes two different things. If you’re doing a great workout, using weights, and following a plan then great. But are you really doing it as prescribed?

If you set out to do 3 sets of 10 lunges, are you using a weight that makes that 10th lunge a real challenge? If not, then up the weight. Workouts are work. They should take effort. Just going through the motions isn’t enough, let your muscles burn, let the blood flow from your core to the targeted areas!

Once you do a really killer workout you’ll immediately say… “wow, that’s what a workout is suppose to feel like.”

2. You’re All Over The Place

Having a great week of diet and workouts followed by a not so great week isn’t moving you forward. It’s locking you right in place or pulling you backwards. Consistency is key.

If it’s something that you really want, then be open and honest with yourself. Are you really dedicating yourself to the change?

1. You’re Being Silly

I know it sounds crazy but some women don’t realize when they hit their goal. We get wrapped up in what it feels like to lose weight and when the weight loss stops we can get frustrated.

Our bodies have set zones, the weight it feels and works best at. Evaluate your body, is it in that area? Do you really need to lose more weight? Perhaps instead of trying to drop weight it’s time to make some new goals like to tone up your trouble spots, increase your endurance so you can complete your first road race, or get strong enough to perform a pull-up.

Take a quick minute and think about these 10 reasons and ask yourself (if you’re trying to lose weight) what is the real culprit behind your stagnant results and make the change!

Questions:

What clean-cheat percentage do you tend to go by? 

Do you think your workouts are awesome?

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda @ Run Principessa November 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

These are honestly amazing tips that I wish everybody had the chance to read! You really covered everything here. :) My clean cheat percentage isn’t very defined, which I suppose is an issue. I generally eat mainly clean meals and then for dinner one night a week let it go!

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TaylorR November 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thanks Amanda! We all deserve to have one night of letting go a little! Mine is normally Saturdays… an extra class of wine and a bit of dessert!

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf November 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

This is a great list and so true!! #7 + #4 is probably the biggest obstacle for me. I think that I eat well but since I don’t really track my food, it’s easy to forget about the ice cream/cookie/chips that I ate :-)

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TaylorR November 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I am right there with you! sometimes I say, “oh it’s just a little bite of chocolate, not worth writing it down” until that little bite turns into several little bites

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Mary November 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

Thank you for your article! These are 10 things I recently learned and am glad to see confirmed. Results really do happen once you push yourself and start the clean eating. I’m 7 months pregnant and can’t wait to get back to my ‘normal’ challenging yet fun workouts again.

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TaylorR November 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Congrats on your pregnancy! I am sure you’re getting to the point of being ready, that’s so exciting. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your workouts will come back to you once you’re able to get going with them again. Best of luck!

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Alana November 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

Hi Taylor,

Those are GREAT tips……… and ones that I keep doing over and over, and over again. I just had to cancel my gym membership b/c of the money factor, but I’ve been trying to eat better and get up and MOVE. Like today it supposed to be 60 and nice, so I’m hoping to take the dog for a run later. :)
I know I just need to keep on keepin’ on. I think I put too much pressure on myself thinking I need to be down some more weight than I am b/c my son will be 2 years old soon, I can’t keep using the excuse of “I just had a baby”.

Please keep the blogs coming! I love them! Such insight and inspiration!

PS: I’m thinking of doing free Zumba classes with a gal at work. She’s a Zumba queen and goes all the time and LOOKS great! The first class is this coming Tues night. Wish me luck that I don’t fall on my face. I haven’t group danced a routine in years. :)

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TaylorR November 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

Good luck with the class! You’ll have a great time, just move those hips! You’re exactly right, just keep on keepin on and you’ll get there. On those cold days when you can’t get outside just don’t let it stop you. Grab a workout and do it at home. There are tons of great body weight workouts that get your heart pounding, some on LR and tons at FitWomensWeekly if you’re looking.

Good luck Alana!

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