Reasons Why You Aren’t Shedding Weight
Many people get a gym membership to lose weight but quit shortly after when they don’t see any progress. Some people join a gym with the expectation that they’ll lose weight automatically after they go to the gym for a couple of weeks.
Losing weight isn’t as easy as said. Getting a few things wrong can halt your progress and make you a victim of self-doubt. If you’ve been training for a while but don’t see the scale budging, you’ve come to the right place.
Mixing of Goals
Some people join a gym with the goal of losing weight but are soon lured into bodybuilding after watching the buff dudes in the gym throwing around weights. People make things harder for themselves by deciding they want to lose fat and build muscle at the same time.
You’re better off going after a single goal at a time. Losing weight is hard enough, and you shouldn’t add to it by trying to build muscle at the same time. Focus on one goal and then move to the next.
Doing Too Little Cardio
Many people come to the gym on a tight schedule and only have a few minutes to spare. You can’t expect to lose weight if you do a 10-15 minute cardio session a day. Follow a tried and tested program to save yourself from wasting your efforts in the gym.
If you want to lose weight, you should be doing two cardio sessions a day. The first one should be a 30-45 minute low-intensity session while the second should be a 10-15 minute HIIT cardio.
Not Following a Diet
You can’t expect to lose weight if you’re not following the right diet. For most people, they’ll need to be in a calorie deficit state to shed the extra kilos. Many people make the mistake of overlooking their diet thinking doing cardio in isolation is enough to lose weight.
Lack of Recovery
If you want to shed weight, you need to give your body enough time to recover from your workouts. Your body undergoes changes while you’re sleeping. You need to sleep for 7-8 hours a day in order to recover and recuperate optimally.
Once you’re on a calorie deficit diet, you need to be training as per your program. You can’t afford to miss a single training session. Follow your workouts with military-like discipline and you’ll see the scale budging in the right direction.
Giving In To Cravings
Many people are prone to giving in to their cravings as they can’t stay away from their favorite food for too long. Having a single unplanned cheat meal can throw your entire progress out of the window and get you back at the starting line.
No Resistance Training
Most of the people who join a gym stay away from weight training as they think lifting weights will add muscle to the fat which will make it harder to lose weight. Contrary to this belief, resistance training can help you lose weight by toning your muscles.
Jumping Ships Too Often
Losing weight or building muscle mass is a slow process. Many people lose patience too early and start experimenting with different training programs and diets. Since they jump ships too often, none of the programs give them the desired results.
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