10.04.2016

5 Reasons You’re not Losing Weight

5 reasons you're not losing weight

“Why am I not losing weight?”

This is a question I get asked a lot…

“Eva, I’m eating healthy (veggies, no bread, no fats), I’m working out, I’m not eating junk or drinking soda, and I don’t see any changes! What’s going on?”

If you’re one of the people scratching your head because the pounds, or kilos!, aren’t coming off, let me break it down for you. Here are the 5 reasons:

1. You’re overeating

Exercise is about 20% of the bigger picture, while 80% is all about nutrition. Have you been doing the same cardio and strength training you did when you first stepped foot in the gym? If you continue to do the same workout over and over again, your brain and body will adapt, which means you’re probably not burning as many calories as when you first started. You can’t be doing the same thing and expect DIFFERENT results. Take a Crossfit class, try an at-home workout program, incorporate high intensity interval training, just do something different that stimulates your body and brain to start using new muscles. Shock your body and the weight will come off!

Yup, there IS such a thing as overeating on healthy foods. For example, avocado is good, but a portion is about a quarter of an avocado, not half or the whole thing! I’ve seen so many people making this mistake. Just because it’s “good food” doesn’t mean that you can have an unlimited supply of it

2. You’ve been doing the same thing for 5 years

Exercise is about 20% of the bigger picture, while 80% is all about nutrition. Have you been doing the same cardio and strength training you did when you first stepped foot in the gym? If you continue to do the same workout over and over again, your brain and body will adapt, which means you’re probably not burning as many calories as when you first started. You can’t be doing the same thing and expect DIFFERENT results. Take a Crossfit class, try an at-home workout program, incorporate high intensity interval training, just do something different that stimulates your body and brain to start using new muscles. Shock your body and the weight will come off!

3. You don’t have any accountability

Accountability is the #1 thing that holds people back from starting and sticking to healthy habits. If you just tell yourself you’re going to go Paleo for a month, that little voice inside of you can easily convince you otherwise and get you off track in just a few days. But, if you commit to a plan with an accountability partner, gym buddy, or online Coach, you’ll be more likely to stick to a plan because you don’t want to let that other person down!

4. You’re not being patient enough

You didn’t gain those 5-15 lbs over one Thanksgiving dinner or one night out…it was a process of one day of bad eating, that turned into two, and so on. Same thing with your weight loss. You’re just not being patient enough to see the results. You’re motivated to get back on track on a Monday, you’re good for an entire week but don’t see any changes by Friday, and then tell yourself “well that was pointless” and eat like bad on weekends. Then, repeat the cycle. This bad cycle will stall your weight loss. Be patient and trust the process.

5. You’re focusing on the wrong things

This one is SO IMPORTANT. Way too many people who want to lose weight focus on the number on the scale. Let me say this loud and clear: THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE DOES NOT MATTER!!! 130 lbs of muscle looks SIGNIFICANTLY different than 130 lbs of fat. While I was doing Insanity pretty much my mornings getting at the office would come with a “what are you doing? You lost a lot of weight! How much” to which I responded “mmm maybe 2 pounds max? ” Let me repeat it again: The number on the scale DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING. How your body looks, and how your clothes fit are, by far, the best indicators of your progress. Please ditch the scale.

I hope these tips are helpful!

xo