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Weight Loss Blunders and Fixes

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 4:27:00 PM Categories: Health & Wellness

You’ve been eating healthy, sleeping plenty, and working out like a warrior – why hasn’t the scale budged?! There are few things more frustrating than committing to a healthy lifestyle and reaching a plateau in the results. There are many factors that could be at play, so read through our list of culprits and determine which ones apply to you. The great news is, you’re doing great things for your body – so with a few small tweaks, you will start seeing that hard work reflected in no time!

  1. Your Routine –If you’ve stuck to the same workout routine for the past 4-6 weeks, chances are your results have plateaued. As you progress through your workouts, your body becomes more efficient, meaning you burn fewer calories doing the same routine. This is an easy problem to fix; all you need to do is switch it up! If you’ve been breaking a sweat with long duration, lower intensity cardio sessions, try an interval workout. If running isn’t your thing, try strength training. There are endless possibilities – the more variety you include in your workouts, the more results you’ll see.
  2. You Never Miss a Workout – While it’s great that you are consistent, your body needs a break every now and then to recover and rebuild lean, healthy muscles. Try taking one day of each week and include at least one low intensity workout in your routine weekly. This will create the perfect balance of fat-burning workouts and muscle building recovery.
  3. Sleep – You’ve heard a hundred times how important sleep is, and you’re about to hear it again. Sleep is a key factor in weight loss, and not getting enough can even lead to weight gain. Sleep can balance out stress and weight gaining hormones, so give your body the rest it needs with at least 7.5 hours each night.
  4. Calorie Balance – As hard as you try, you cannot out-exercise poor eating habits. Fuel your workouts with healthy and energizing snacks, recover with protein packed meals afterwards, and nourish your body with plenty of vegetables and fruits throughout the day. As hard as it may be to stick with healthy eating, committing to clean, and whole foods 80% of the time will provide you with some pretty rewarding results.
  5. Over-training – If you’re a committed workout warrior (and kudos to you!); you need to be watchful for the signs of over-training. If you notice yourself gaining weight, feeling fatigued, have aching muscles, or experience a loss of appetite, you may be over-training. Take a couple weeks off to let yourself recover fully, take simple walks and eat healthy, then return to your regular workout routine gradually. While exercise is a wonderful thing for your body, too much of anything is not a good idea – everything in moderation! So, do any of these weight-loss blunders apply to you? Don’t sweat it – just read through the fixes and get yourself back on track to living your most fit and fabulous life!

Laura Palmer
Weigh 2 Wellness